When third-year coach Ginger Brown-Lemm took over the Mississippi State women's golf team, it was ranked No. 127. Three years and two recruiting classes later, the Lady Bulldogs vaulted to No. 40 in the GolfStat.com rankings.
This is the first time MSU has appeared in the Top 50 since 2006 and is its highest ranking since 2003.
Sophomore standout Ally McDonald also moved up to No. 15 in the GolfStat Cup, which is the highest ranking by a Lady Bulldog in history.
State shot a program second-best 872 in the NCAA Central Regional to earn the school's first berth in the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., on May 21-24.
MSU owns a 153-54-4 ledger on the season, which are the most wins in a single season in MSU history. Its 300.36 average card is also tops all-time.
McDonald fired a 10-under-par 206 to win the regional. She is an impressive 874-62-16 on the season with a 72.33 scoring average. All of which are school records.
The Lady Bulldogs also entered the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings for the first time since 2005 at No. 45 on Monday. McDonald is No. 26 individually.
Both the GolfStat.com and GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings are formulated based on an adjusted scoring average, strength of schedule and record versus opponents.
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