Once again, Hope native and Arkansas State Golf Association Hall of Fame inductee Ginger Brown-Lemm has made history as the head women's golf coach at Mississippi State University.
Once again, Hope native and Arkansas State Golf Association Hall of Fame inductee Ginger Brown-Lemm has made history as the head women's golf coach at Mississippi State University. Brown-Lemm's Lady Bullldogs made their first trip to compete for the NCAA National Championship on Tuesday held at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. According to a immediate press release about the Mississippi State University women's golf team, this year's Lady Bulldogs are the first women's golf team to play for a national title and to advance to the NCAA Championships, coached by Brown-Lemm. The Lady Bulldogs entered the NCAA Championships No. 40 in the nation. They finished third in the NCAA Central Regional as the 19th seed to advance to the championship. During the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships and NCAA Central Regional, the Lady Bulldogs posted a combine 20-6-1 ledger against ranked teams, including a 14-stroke victory over once-No. 1 Washington. First-round action will get underway Tuesday, while the Lady Bulldogs was slated to tee off alongside No. 5 Arkansas and No. 6 Vanderbilt. This years Lady Bulldog team is the youngest competing against several top schools for the national championship. The Lady Bulldogs are made up with three sophomores, a junior and a freshman. They're also one of two teams competing without a senior. As a Hope native, coach Brown-Lemm, she was named to the National Coaches Association All-America Team in1984. Following a successful high school career as the No. 1 player on the Hope High School boys' varsity team, Brown-Lemm earned a full scholarship to play for coach Pat Weis at Texas. As a Longhorn, she earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1987 and 1988. She is the daughter of Bob and Mary Jo Brown of Hope. School competing for the national championships in Athens are: No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 10 Florida, No. 32 South Carolina and No. 38 Auburn. Other teams in the field include No. 1 USC, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 13 Stanford, No. 14 Tulane, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 17 UC Davis, No. 18 Texas, No. 24 Northwestern, No. 25 Michigan State, No. 35 Oregon, No. 47 Wisconsin and No. 48 San Jose State. Live stats will be available through HailState.com for all four rounds, while live video streaming of the 17th and 18th holes will be available via NCAA.com/liveschedule for the final two rounds Thursday and Friday. To follow the women's golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG.