News from MSU Media Relations--Apr. 30, 2012.

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

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a stellar sophomore campaign, Mississippi State men's golfer Chad Ramey has garnered All-SEC second-team laurels.

He is the first Bulldog to be named to an all-conference team since former MSU standout and current PGA Tour player Alex Rocha was named an All-SEC first-team performer in 2000. Ramey is the 18th player named to an All-SEC team in the program's 39-year history.

The Fulton, Miss., native owns a 72.39 scoring clip, which is currently slotted to be the sixth-best season scoring average in Maroon and White history. His current career average of 72.75 is also on pace to be the second-best all-time.

Ramey led State with nine Top 25's and three Top 10's this season. His 94 birdies is also tops on the team.

Ramey's share of seventh-place in the SEC Championship was the best finish by a Bulldog since Carlos Sainz, Jr., notched a runner-up finish in 2009.

"It is a great honor to be recognized among the best in the SEC," MSU coach Clay Homan said. "Chad continues to improve all the time, and he will continue to do great things at Mississippi State."

Other All-SEC selections in the Top 10 nationally include No. 5 Justin Thomas of Alabama, No. 6 T.J. Vogel of Florida and No. 8 Blayne Barber of Auburn. All 17 members of the first and second teams rank in GolfStat.com's Top 150 players in the nation.

Ramey is still eligible for individual postseason play and is expected to receive an NCAA Regional bid Monday, May 7. The top finishers in each of the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship hosted at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


Women's Golf
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 Eerie, 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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