News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 25

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Women's Golf and Men's Tennis.

Women's Golf
GERMANTOWN, TENN. - After another extraordinary day on the course, the Mississippi State women's golf team was tied for fourth place at the Memphis Women's Invitational in Germantown, Tenn., when play was suspended in the middle of the second round due to darkness.

The Lady Bulldogs posted a first-round score of 307 and finished the second round before sunset with a score of 315. After one day and two rounds, MSU is just eight shots off the tournament lead with a composite stroke total of 623.

Most impressively for the Lady Bulldogs in Germantown Monday was senior Erika Thornton,who posted scores of 71 and 76 to record a 147 to tie for first in the tournament field.

Fellow senior Mallory Batson also had a strong day on the course, tallying a score of 156 and tying her for 20th in the field. Freshman Mary Langdon Gallagher and Esther Huffman followed up the senior duo with scores of 160 and 161, respectively. Gallagher is tied for 35th while Huffman is tied for 39th.

Junior Perry Katherine Furr rounded out the linksters' stellar day with a score of 173.

MSU sophomore Maria Roos is also competing in the tournament as an individual. She is tied for 56th with 164 strokes.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday morning for the final round of the tournament.

The start of the final round will be delayed to allow for the completion of round two from Monday.

Men's Tennis
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - James Chaudry of the Mississippi State men's tennis team won four matches in the qualifying draw of the Birmingham Futures tournament to advance to the main draw, which is being played in Birmingham, Ala.

Chaudry is a sophomore on the Bulldog tennis squad and signed with State this past spring by way of Southampton, England, as the No. 1 ranked men's player in England.

"I am very proud of James (Chaudry) and how he has worked and properly prepared his game in his short time here," Coach Per Nilsson said.""He will be a great addition to our team in the spring and he is continually improving until then."

At the Birmingham Futures, where matches are played on clay courts, Chaudry won four straight in qualifying play to advance without losing a single set in the process. More impressively, Chaudry has won a dominating 48 games to his opponents 13 on his way to the main draw where he will now face Devin Britton who is a former member of in-state rival Ole Miss' tennis team.

Chaudry is one of eight qualifiers for the main draw and will serve up against Britton on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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