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