TULSA, Okla. - Mississippi State junior Philippe Frayssinoux moved one step closer to the main draw of the ITA All-American on Tuesday, when he won his second-round qualifying match. Frayssinoux is now one round away from earning a spot in the main draw of the first major college event of the year which is being hosted by the University of Tulsa.
After upseting UCLA's 69th-ranked Mathieu Dehaine in the first round on Monday, Frayssinoux had no trouble on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-2 second-round win over Patrik Fischer of Washington. The Plaisir, France native now moves into the third and final round of qualifying and will face San Diego State's 99th-ranked Markus Dickhardt Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. CT. If Frayssinoux wins, he will join 42nd-ranked Bulldog senior Ivan Bjelica in the main draw beginning Thursday.
In other action on Tuesday, Bjelica and Frayssinoux dropped their first-round qualifying doubles match to Denver's Adam Holmstrom and Niklas Persson by a score of 8-3 which concluded State's doubles competition at the event.
CORDOVA, Tenn. - Mississippi State posted a final round 4-over par 292 to maintain its 36-hole fourth-place standing in the Memphis Intercollegiate on Tuesday. State concluded the tournament at Colonial Country Club at 13-over par. The top-5 five-finish by the Bulldogs is the third-straight to open the 2006 fall slate. The last time an MSU team finished in the top-five of the first three events of the year was in the fall of 1996.
State was led on the final day by sophomores Matt Fast and Noah Goldman. Fast carded a 1-under par round of 71 after turning in back-to-back rounds of 74 on Monday. The Hattiesburg, Miss. led all MState golfers with a 15th-place finish. Goldman rebounded from a second round score of 76 to fire an even-par 72 in the final round to place 27th in the field. Memphis, Tenn. native Logan Young tallied a 3-over par 75 to finish in a log-jammed 17th place with MSU's Carlos Sainz, Jr. Senior Greg Huxman rounded out the scorecard with a 74.
"We played well, but we threw away some shots on the par-5's today," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "Some guys got off to a bad start but battled back to finish it off – which is encouraging."
Louisville held on to its 36-hole clubhouse lead to win the 54-hole event at 7-under par. TCU finished runner up at 4-over par while Wisconsin placed third at 12-over par.
The Maroon and White will quickly turn its attention to the 2nd Annual Magnolia Cup against in-state rival Ole Miss on Friday, Oct. 6, at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The one-round event will also pit 18 supporters from each school competing in the event alongside Bulldog and Rebel golfers.
"We will take Wednesday off to get caught up with school and return to practice on Thursday to prepare for the Magnolia Cup," added Homan. "We got beat last year, so we need to post some low numbers on Friday on a golf course that we are very familiar with."
The Magnolia Cup serves as a fundraising event to support both MSU and Ole Miss golf programs. The golf outing at the par-72 Old Waverly GC course raised in the neighborhood of around $20,000 for the programs a year ago.
The battle for the Magnolia Cup will begin at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public.
Women's Cross Country
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's cross country team moved up two spots to sixth in the latest United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association's Regional Rankings released on Wednesday by the organization of coaches.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the 2006 campaign ranked eight in the South region, but after notching wins at the Sewanee Invite and Crimson Classic along with a 15th-place finish this past week at the Notre Dame Invitational, MSU into the sixth slot.
State returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14, taking part in the Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.