Lady Bulldogs Post Second-Straight Solid Round

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Freshman Ally McDonald stares down a putt. Her back-to-back pars has in within shot of the tournament title at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.
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AUSITN, Texas - A day after carding the team's second-lowest opening round in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era, the Lady Bulldogs posted a 305 in the second round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club.

MSU's 36-hole 607 ranks in the Top 25 lowest of all time and has the team five strokes away from its second Top 10 finish of the fall.

Host-Texas overtook Florida on the leaderboard with a 5-over-par 581. The 20th-ranked Longhorns opened with a 288 before carding a 293 during round two.

For the second-straight day, freshman Ally McDonald turned in par and is tied for fourth entering the final round. The Fulton-native climbed as high as first before a triple bogey set her back on her 13th hole of the day.

"We are making strides in the right directions," the Top 100 player said. "I'm really proud of the way the team has competed. I've been able to stay focused and try to play consistently the past two day."

"Ally had another very good round today," Brown-Lemm said. "It was almost an incredible play with being 4-under through 13, but she stumbled a bit. It was a great learning experience for her, and she will have many more rounds under par in the coming years that she will be prepared for. I believe in her, and she is in contention for the event. She is very, very close to a win."

Rica Tse and Perry Katherine Furr ended round two tied with 154's. Tse carved 4 strokes off her first-round 79 to turn in a 75, while Furr carded a 75 and 79 in the first two rounds, respectively.

"Rica had a solid day as well," Brown-Lemm said. "She cut four strokes from yesterday and managed to turn in a 75 today."

In her first action since shoulder surgery, Esther Huffman is next on the MSU leaderboard at 160. She opened with a 76 on Monday before turning in an 84 on Tuesday.

Mary Langdon Gallagher rounds out the Maroon and White board at 163. She chiseled four strokes off her first-round card to notch a 79.

"The conditions were much more challenging today," said Brown-Lemm, "the wind got up to 15 miles-per-hour and that dried out the greens with the difficult hole placements."

Mia Piccio of Florida is currently atop the field at 3-under-par 141, only three strokes ahead of McDonald.

Round three begins with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. CST Wednesday. Mississippi State is paired with SEC-foe Arkansas and New Mexico.

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Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
Second Round - November 1, 2011

TEAM RESULTS
1. Texas (288+293=581, +5); 2. Florida (285+304=589, +13); 3. Tulsa (293+301=594, +18); 4. Oklahoma State (290+305=595, +19); 5. Pepperdine (297+299=596, +20); 6. UNLV (295+302=597, +21); T7. Arizona (304+294=598, +22); T7. Kent State (293+305=598, +22); T9. Denver (298+303=601, +25); T9. Arkansas (299+302=601, +25); 11. New Mexico (299+303=602, +26); 12. Mississippi State (302+305=607, +31); 13. Iowa (297+313=610, +34); 14. Wisconsin (303+315=618, +42); 15. Princeton (315+315=630, +54).

MSU INVIDVIDUAL RESULTS
T4.      Ally McDonald                      72+72=144, E
T46.    Rica Tse                                  79+75=154, +10
T46.    Perry Katherine Furr              75+79=154, +10
71.       Esther Huffman                      76+84=160, +16
T74.    Mary Langdon Gallagher        84+79=163, +19


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