News from MSU Media Relations--April 20

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Golf, Track & Field and Men's Tennis.

Men's Golf
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The Mississippi State men's golf team posted their second straight top-10 finish at the SEC Championships this weekend by finishing in ninth place at the par-72 Fredrica Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Bulldogs notched rounds of 293-290-301 for a team score of 884 and 20-over-par. The 884 posted by the Maroon and White is the seventh lowest all-time by an MSU team at the SEC Championship.

After posting rounds of 71-68-69 to finish at 8-under-par for the championship, senior Carlos Sainz, Jr. claimed a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships, finishing two strokes behind Florida's Billy Horschel. The three day total of 208 is Sainz's best career score for a three round event. The 208 is also the second best individual performance ever by an MState linkster, bested only by Graham Davidson's 205 when he won the SEC Championship in 1996. The second-place finish is the best finish by a Bulldog since MSU's Alex Rocha placed second in both 1997 and 2000.

Senior Noah Goldman finished tied for 43rd and tallied a 227 through three rounds, highlighted by a first day score of 1-under-par 71. Senior Matt Fast finished in a tie for 47th after his 12-over-par showing with consistent 77-75-76 scores for the three-day event. Senior Brian Mason finished the tournament with a 232 and in 55th place after standing tied for 24th after two rounds. Senior Josh Bevell shot a 236 with his tournament highlighted by a 1-over-par 73 in round two.

MSU finished 35 strokes behind the SEC Champions, Georgia, who notched a 15-under-par performance through three days. The Razorbacks of Arkansas finished second with a 2-under-par showing, followed by the Florida Gators at 1-over-par. LSU and South Carolina tied for fourth place at 8-over-par. Last years' champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, finished in sixth place, two strokes ahead of Ole Miss. Vanderbilt finished two strokes behind MState for tenth place with Tennessee and Auburn rounding out the field.

MSU will await word on possible postseason play in the NCAA Regionals which will be announced Monday, May 4th.

Women's Golf
BLYTHWOOD, S.C. - Mississippi State's women's golf team wrapped up the 2008-09 season today, finishing 12th in the 2009 SEC Tournament with a team total of 930.

Two juniors topped the Lady Bulldogs for the first time this season, as Gina Sharp fired three-straight rounds of 77 to lead MSU at 18-over-par and tied for 41st individually and Leigh Phillips recorded a career-best finish of a tie for 45th at 21-over-par.

Sophomore Mallory Batson trailed Phillips by a stroke and placed tied for 47th, and freshman Perry Katherine Furr fired a 240 to place tied for 54th. Sophomore Erika Thornton finished with a two-round total of 150 after her first round on Friday was disqualified.

After losing the lead in round two, Auburn stormed back with an impressive third-round team total of 285 to claim the tournament's team title and the eighth SEC championship for the Tigers.. Arkansas fell from the top spot to tie surging Alabama for second with a three-round total of 878, eight strokes behind the leader. Tennessee took fourth spot with an 881 and 29-over-par, while LSU rounded out the tournament's top five at 34-over-par. Georgia's Marta Silva claimed the tournament's individual title at 3-under-par and four strokes ahead of second place, and became the first freshman to win the SEC Tournament's individual title since 2005.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team will officially close out its season with an end of the year awards banquet Monday evening at the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State campus.

The event is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. CT, and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Tickets for the program are $20 for non-booster club members. Lady Bulldog Booster Club members have already purchased their tickets through fees paid at the beginning of the season. Checks can be made payable to the Lady Bulldog Booster Club and brought to the women's basketball office at Humphrey Coliseum (Room #226).

For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone, call Dorothy Scott in the Lady Bulldog basketball office at 662-325-0198.

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