WEST POINT – The Mississippi State women’s golf team likes playing close to home.
They showed that this week.
The Bulldogs won the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational at their home course, Old Waverly, by 21 shots. Junior Ally McDonald shot a final round 5-under, 67 to finish with a 9-under, 207 to claim first place by just one shot over fellow Bulldog freshman Jessica Peng.
“Our whole mentality, is it doesn’t matter where you are, it doesn’t matter who is watching, it doesn’t matter what course we’re playing,” MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “What matters is your routine and your commitment to the process you’re training in.”
The Bulldogs finished with with a 20-under, 844, a school record for the lowest in a tournament. The previous record was set in 199 at the Lady Seminole Invitational They shot an 11-under, 275 on Wednesday in the final round, also a school record.
It is the first win for the Bulldogs since the 2004 Wildcat Fall Invitational.
“Everyone showed their maturity out there, the grind and how bad they wanted to see this program get a win,” McDonald said who won her third-career individual title. “Just hats off to everybody.”
Peng had a birdie putt on the 54th hole that would have tied McDonald and forced a sudden death playoff. She missed the putt on the low side and settled for a runner-up finish.