McDonald on her way to Mississippi State record books
Ally McDonald has started to cement herself in the Mississippi State record books.
And she’s only a sophomore.
“She is an incredibly talented young lady. When she came in, her work ethic and talent level was through the roof,” head coach Ginger Lemm said.
McDonald, a Mississippi native, has finished in the top 10 in five of seven tournaments this year for the Bulldogs. That includes her first collegiate win at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown during the fall portion of the season.
No. 43 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, her most recent finish was at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, where she shot 71-74-69 (4 over) to finish T-4.
After last year’s All-SEC Freshman team performance, what has she done for an encore?
She has taken the reins as No. 1 in all seven of the Bulldogs' tournaments, picking up the team's top finish each time.
During her freshman campaign, she finished with a 74.33 stroke average, .13 higher than No. 1 on the list, Amanda Mathis. As of now, she has a 72.24 average, making that more than two strokes better Mathis’ record.
“She has a sound swing that she works with her instructor, V.J. Trolio, at Old Waverly,” Lemm said. “We just help her with course management, strategy and support. It’s just a joy to watch her get better.”
McDonald has shot 212 twice - at the John Kirk/Panther Invitational in the spring of 2012 and the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational in the fall - with the Bulldogs, good enough for second-best 54-hole total in school history. The school record is 210 by Beth Irwin.
Over McDonald’s two years at Mississippi State, she has placed in the top 25 in 13 of 17 events.
“As a co-captain, she sets a great example for our freshmen,” Lemm added.
If she has accomplished these things in her first two years, just think of what is still to come.