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Ally McDonald Rallies Twice, Avenges NCAA Loss To Annie Park To Advance To North & South Semifinals

MIssissippi State All-American defeated NCAA Champion Annie Park in the quarterfinals of the 111th North & South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst Resort.

Mississippi State All-American defeated NCAA Champion Annie Park in the quarterfinals of the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst Resort.

ALLY MCDONALD RALLIES TWICE, AVENGES NCAA LOSS TO ANNIE PARK TO ADVANCE TO NORTH & SOUTH SEMIFINALS

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Two months ago, with the NCAA Championship on the line, Ally McDonald had a chance to chase down Southern Cal star Annie Park.

She shot 81.

Yet now, in match play on famed Pinehurst No. 2 at the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur, a potential second chance was looming.

One problem:

In the round of 16 Friday morning, McDonald was 3 down through nine holes, and a potential quarterfinal meeting with Park seemed very far away.

“I was just giving strokes away,” McDonald said. “I was basically just handing it over.”

But that’s just not the Mississippi State All-American’s style. No way could she allow herself to go out like this.

“If I need to win a hole making a birdie, or making a really big up and down, I’m going to find a way to do that, whether it’s skill, whether it’s just willpower, I’m going to try my best to pull off the shot I need to pull off.”

She’s not kidding.

And so McDonald rallied against Cyna Rodriguez in her morning round, winning five of the last seven holes to set up the supermatch with Park, who cruised into the quarterfinals with a 3 & 2 win over Monifa Sealy.

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Advancing Easily, Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald Looks Forward To North & South Match Play

Ally McDonald, of Mississippi State, is in contention at the 111th North & South Amateur.

Ally McDonald, of Mississippi State, is in contention at the 111th North & South Amateur.

ADVANCING EASILY, MISSISSIPPI STATE’S ALLY MCDONALD LOOKS FORWARD TO NORTH & SOUTH MATCH PLAY

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – It could be something as simple as walking to the car.

You wouldn’t notice it right away. But walk with Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald to the car enough, and soon you will realize something.

She always gets to it first.

“I’m very competitive,” says McDonald, who finished 10th in the NCAA Championship this year. “Ask girls on my team, ask anyone who knows me, I am super competitive. I always, always want to win, no matter what it is.”

Now she’s in position to win the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst Resort. And perhaps as an added bonus for McDonald, now the tournament shifts not only to famed Pinehurst No. 2, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, it goes from stroke play to match play.

Perfect.

“I’ve always enjoyed match play,” McDonald said. “It’s just the different competitiveness of it. In stroke play, you’re really just playing against the golf course. Now you’re going to be battling against the other person. Match play’s always been good for me because I can be more aggressive.”

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Tar Heels’ Katherine Perry Goes Low While NCAA Champion Maintains Lead at North & South

North Carolina's Katherine Perry fired a season-best 5-under 67 to move into a share of second place at the 111th North & South Women's Amateur on Wedesday at Pinehurst Resort.

North Carolina’s Katherine Perry fired a season-best 5-under 67 to move into a share of second place at the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur on Wednesday at Pinehurst Resort.

TAR HEELS’ KATHERINE PERRY GOES LOW WHILE NCAA CHAMPION MAINTAINS LEAD

Perry fires season-best 67 to move into second, a shot back of Annie Park

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BY ALEX PODLOGAR       

VILLAGE OF Pinehurst, N.C. – Katherine Perry couldn’t get to the scorer’s table fast enough.

Arriving a few steps ahead of her playing partners, Perry sat down, wiped the July perspiration from her brow and pushed her North Carolina Tar Heels cap up her forehead. The smile creasing her lips goes without saying.

“I had a good day,” said Perry, in breathless appreciation.

N.C. State’s Caroline Ellington, finally reaching her spot at the table, seconded Perry’s emotion.

“Yeah, no kidding,” Ellington deadpanned, breaking into a wide smile as the two players laughed.

Playing in her fourth North & South Women’s Amateur, Perry finally put together the round she has desperately been seeking both at North Carolina and in the prestigious amateur championship, carding the low round of the day with a 5-under 67 that moved her all the way to a tie for second following the second round of stroke play Wednesday.

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NCAA Champion Annie Park Leads 111th North & South Women’s Amateur

NCAA CHAMPION PARK LEADS 111TH NORTH & SOUTH WOMEN’S AMATEUR

Annie Park, who also led USC to the national team championship, fires 5-under 67

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BY ALEX PODLOGAR       

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Look out, y’all.

Reigning NCAA Champion Annie Park came into the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur off one of the best debut seasons in the history of collegiate golf, so it wasn’t surprising she continued her incredible play, cruising to a 5-under 67 to take  two-shot lead following the first round of the historic amateur tournament on Tuesday.

But, of course, that was to be expected. After all, Park won four times in her freshman season while also leading Southern Cal to the team NCAA Championship.

So, no, the 67 and the lead were not surprising in the least.

The surprises came when Park commented on her round.

“Honestly, I don’t really know how I did it,” Park said after dicing up the 6,422-yard, par-72 Pinehurst No. 4 with an eagle, four birdies and a bogey. “I struggled.”

That’s hard to believe – until you look at all Park has accomplished in golf over the last few months.

The 18-year-old from Levittown, N.Y., had as dominant of a debut as possible in collegiate golf as a freshman, leading top-ranked USC to its third NCAA team title while winning four individual events en route to 2013 WGCA and Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year honors.

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The 111th North & South Women’s Amateur – The Contenders in a Loaded Field

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ELITE FIELD TO BATTLE FOR 111TH NORTH & SOUTH WOMEN’S AMATEUR CROWN

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – A year ago, former NCAA Champion and U.S. Amateur semifinalist Austin Ernst clipped Doris Chen, one of the top college players in the world, 2 & 1, to win the 110th North & South Women’s Amateur.

Since then, both players have continued on considerable career trajectories. Ernst qualified for and is now a full member of the LPGA Tour at just 21 years old. Chen, who was also the North & South Women’s runner-up in 2011, teamed with Southern Cal to win the NCAA Championship this season in her sophomore year.

While Ernst is playing golf for a living now (and she’s won nearly $89,000 in earnings after contending in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic this week), Chen continues to rise up the amateur ranks. (Chen is ranked third in the world by GolfWeek.)

And now Chen is back for the 111th North & South and gunning for her first championship in a tournament that seems tailor made for her.

So Chen is the obvious favorite to win in 2013, right?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Because the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur field is…LOADED.*

(*NOTE: It’s loaded EVERY year. SEVEN of the last 10 champions are on the LPGA Tour, including Yani Tseng, who beat Morgan Pressel (the 2004 champion) in 2005 before going on to win six LPGA majors – and counting. Even just last season, Moriya Jutanugarn advanced into match play before running into Ernst. All Mo has done since? Won the LPGA qualifying tournament and so far has banked more than $203,000 in her rookie season. So, yeah, maybe you’ll want to come out and watch this week.)

The tournament begins on Tuesday with three rounds of stroke play on Pinehurst No. 4. The championship then shifts to Donald Ross’s famed Pinehurst No. 2, the host of back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, as the Top 16 players vie for the championship in match play.

Here’s a look at just a few of the contenders in this year’s championship:

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