McDonald, MSU struggle in day one of NCAA Tournament

first_imgMississippi State Ally McDonaldMississippi State Ally McDonaldMississippi State stumbled out of the gate on Thursday in its quest for a third straight appearance in the NCAA Championship.The Bulldogs carded a 300 in the opening round of the NCAA Regional at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina. LSU sits atop the standings after firing a 288.MSU sits 10th after the first round and five shots back from the cut. The top six teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships in Florida.Senior Ally McDonald finished with an 80, the lowest of any MSU player. Sophomore Jessica Peng finished with the best score at 72 and is tied for ninth.Despite windy conditions throughout the day at the , the Taiwan native shot even par on both the front and back and is tied for ninth.“Jessica really managed herself well,” MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “Even with the wind at 20 mph on the back nine, she had it going.”Rica Tse and Ji Eun Baik both shot a 75 and enter Friday’s second round tied for 34th. Blaise Carabello rounded out MSU’s scoring with a 78 (T67).“Today was a total team effort,” Brown-Lemm said. “Jessica led in a strong way with her even par, followed by Rica and J.B. with a pair of 75s. Blaise rallied with three birdies and came through for us. And for the first time since her freshman year, Ally was plus-8. But it happens. This is a team of resilience, and we fully anticipate a great day tomorrow.”Team Standings1. LSU, 2882. N.C. State, 2903. Ohio State, 2924. Campbell, 2935. Alabama, 2946. South Carolina, 2957. Central Florida, 2968. Furman, 2989. Florida, 29910. Mississippi State, 30011. Northwestern, 302T12. Coastal Carolina, 303T12. GRU, 303T12. Iowa State, 30315. College of Charleston, 30416. Seton Hall, 30917. Wichita State, 31218. Fairleigh Dickinson, 328last_img

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