Lexington, Ky. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad fired a 303 in final round action Monday to finish fifth at the Wildcat Fall Invitational held at the University of Kentucky's Big Blue Course. The Lady Bulldogs moved up three spots from Sunday's second round to claim their first top-5 finish of the season.
Leading the MSU charge on Monday was sophomore Gina Sharp. The Batesville, Miss., product fired a 3-over 75, and finished in a tie for 30th with a three-round total of 233. MSU's top finisher on the weekend was freshman Mallory Batson. In only her second collegiate tournament, Batson shot a career best 225 and finished in a tie for 11th place. Also competing in her second collegiate tournament, freshman Erika Thornton finished in a tie for 23rd after a three-day score of 229. Senior Julia Huh shot a 76 on the final day of action, as she moved up to finish in a tie for 35th place. Sophomore Suzanne Stanley carded a 239 on the weekend and finished in a tie for 48th.
Alabama never relinquished its first round lead, as they finished with an 877 to claim the team title. Florida finished eight strokes back while Arkansas finished in third with an 898. Alabama's Courtney Harter reclaimed her first-round lead and held off teammate Camilla Lennarth by one stroke to claim the individual title, shooting a 3-under 213 for the tournament.
MSU's next action will come Oct. 19-21 at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C.