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Freshman standout Ally McDonald has been invited to the NCAA's West Regional in Erie, Colo., beginning May 10.
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McDonald Bound For West Regional On May 10

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April 30, 2012
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the first time since 2007, a member of the Mississippi State women's golf team has received an invitation for an NCAA Regional. Freshman standout Ally McDonald has been invited to the West Regional hosted at the Colorado National Golf Course in Erie, Colo., beginning May 10.

"I'm extremely excited about opportunity to represent State in the West Regional," McDonald said. "I can't wait to get to Colorado, get out on the course, and prove the strides that our women's golf program has taken this season."

McDonald is currently ranked as the 64th-best player in the nation according to GolfStat.com and the 12th-best freshman.

The Fulton, Miss., native owns a freshman record-breaking 74.22 scoring clip this season, which is just two-hundredths of a point away from breaking MSU's all-time single-season scoring average record.

McDonald has already made 10 individual record entries into the Lady Bulldog record book, including the second-lowest tournament card with a 212 in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate.

She became the first player to win SEC Women's Golfer of the Week in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era when she won the award after posting a runner-up finish in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate.

"I am so excited for Ally." Brown-Lemm said. "She has worked very hard and led this team into our new era. She exemplifies what a successful student-athlete looks like. She is the whole package: grades, work ethic, and personality. She constantly strives to be the best on the course and in the classroom. She excellent at assessing what is or isn't working and can make corrections on the go. She will represent Mississippi State and the game with the utmost integrity and competitiveness."

The last Lady Bulldog to make a postseason appearance was Amanda Mathis in 2007. She played at Baton Rouge's University Club and finished tied for 36th.

The top finishers at each of the three regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship hosted at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., from May 22-25.

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