Following one of the most successful seasons in its history, the Mississippi State women's golf team received an invitation to the NCAA's Central Regional to be held at par-72, 6,298-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman, Okla., on May 9-11.
This is the Lady Bulldogs' sixth postseason appearance as a team with their last appearance coming in the 2006 East Regional.
"I could not be more excited for these girls," third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "This team has worked unbelievably hard this season and deserves the opportunity to keep playing. The thing about postseason now is that everyone is even and it's like a new season. We have just as much of a shot at the national title as anyone else in the field."
The Central Regional will also host third-ranked and No. 1-seeded Duke along with SEC-foe No. 9 Florida. 13 of the 14 SEC schools earned a postseason bid.
MSU is just one week removed from tying a program-best fifth-place finish in the SEC Championships to continue what has been one of the most successful seasons in Maroon and White history. State set the single-season school stroke average record at 301.33, shattering the 2004-05 squad's 305.58, and notched the most birdies in a single season (299).
When Brown-Lemm took over the program prior to the 2010-11 campaign, she began a process to improve the golf program "2LU," or 2 Levels Up, each season.
"Returning to the postseason is just another step in our process of improving this program," she said. "Last year we sent an individual to the postseason and this year the team is going. We are just adding layers to the foundation of a solid program here at Mississippi State."
This is Brown-Lemm's first postseason appearance as a coach.
Standout sophomore No. 23 Ally McDonald appeared in the 2012 NCAA West Regional as an individual and finished tied for 49th. This season the Fulton native broke the individual stroke average record (72.70) previously held by Amanda Mathis at 74.20.
"Ally's experience will be key for us," Brown-Lemm said. "She is our leader and to already have postseason experience under her belt will give the whole team confidence going into the event."