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WEST POINT â€“ The Mississippi State Lady Bulldog golf team remains in the hunt as it opens play in the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
MSU fired a 297 during the first round which was good enough for fourth place after day one.
The 9-over par team total was the fifth-lowest open round ever for the Lady Bulldogs.
â€śFantastic start to our season,â€ť MSU women's coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. â€śWe had a strong team effort today. To be playing with programs ranked in the top 30 and be only three shots back of second is an incredibly inspiring place to be.â€ť
The Tulane Green Wave took the early lead in the inaugural event with a 2-over-par 290. They hold a two-shot lead over Kentucky and Arkansas who fired a 294.
Green Wave Sophomore Gemma Dryburgh leads all individuals with an impressive 3-under-par 69.
Sophomore Rica Tse paced the Lady Bulldogs with a 1-over-par 73 on Monday. The New Zealand-native took advantage of two birdie opportunities on par-3â€™s on the front nine, and delivered a birdie on the par-5 15th.
Ally McDonald posted a 2-over-par 74 following her stellar season a year ago. In her college debut, Gabi Oubreâ€™ matched McDonaldâ€™s 74. Mary Langdon Gallagher fell just two strokes behind the duo with a 76, while Elena Warren rounded out the MSU leaderboard with an 81.
Second-round play begins today with 8:30 a.m. tee times with the Lady Bulldogs set to tee off on the first tee.
â€ś(Today) is a new day, and we left several shots on the golf course,â€ť Brown-Lemm recalled. â€śWe fully anticipate a strong second round so we can put ourselves in position to win the tournament.â€ť
State fans are encouraged to make their way to Old Waverly Golf Club to cheer on MSU. Admission is free with action to continue through Wednesdayâ€™s final round.
â€śIt was energizing to see our administration, staff and other sports represented in the gallery today.â€ť Brown-Lemm said. â€śHaving our community and members of Old Waverly support our team is inspiring.â€ťView more articles in: