Mississippi State women’s golf coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and sophomore Ally McDonald sat down with reporters Thursday afternoon to discuss the Central Regional and the upcoming NCAA Championship.
The No. 40 (GolfStat.com) Bulldogs will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Championship after finishing third at the Central Regional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. last week.
McDonald won the tournament with a 10-under par, 206. McDonald double bogeyed the final hole and had to wait several hours for everyone to finish to see if her score was going to hold up. It did.
“Not very much because I had played well the whole tournament,” McDonald said if she thought about her double bogey. “My dad and a a lot of people said ‘don’t let that double bogey weigh on your mind.’ To shoot 10-under and still have a double bogey and could have been so much better, was not going to be what decided whether I was going to win or not. I didn’t let it weigh on me, very much.”
The Bulldogs will travel to Athens, Ga. on Saturday to compete in the NCAA Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
“Fabulous,” Brown-Lemm said of how she feels about her team. “It helps a lot that they don’t have to balance school and golf now. They’ve been able to kind of pace themselves, catch up on rest and organize their stuff to move out of dorms. They can practice weaknesses and see what they did well in Oklahoma, as well as, where they want to fine tune some skills. A lot of different attributes to the Athens golf course that we’ve kind of focused on this week in practice.”