Donegan drives LSU to fourth place finish at Mason Rudolph Championships

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Aine Donegan (Photo by Mark Runnacles/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Irish international Aine Donegan continued to impress Stateside, firing a final round four-under 68 to help the LSU women’s golf team secure a fourth-place finish in the Mason Rudolph Championships on Sunday.

The Lahinch star posted five birdies at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, including one at the last to finish the tournament in a tie for 18th, just in the red at one-under.

The Tigers for the second straight day posted a 6-under par round of 282, its fifth under par round in its first six rounds this season to finish the tournament at 3-under par 861 (297-282-282). Mississippi State rallied to win the tournament with a three-day total of 19-under par 845 (284-280-281), four shots better than Arizona at 15-under 849 and host Vanderbilt in third at 14-under 850.

The Tigers were five shots clear of fifth place Auburn where Elm Park’s Anna Foster recovered from an opening 79 with rounds of 71 and 70 to take a tie for 29th in the individual competition.

Donegan, who finished in a tie for third in the opener at the Green Wave Fall Classic, also signed for improving scores of 74-73-68.

“After a slow start to the tournament on the first day, I felt like we backed it up with two very solid rounds of golf, shooting -12 under as a team over the last two rounds,” said LSU Coach Garrett Runion. “After the first round our goal was to play better each day and we did that finishing Sunday with the second lowest round of the day.

“Ingrid continues to be a top 10 machine,” Runion said. “The roommates fed off each other (Donegan and Tejedo). Aine in just her second tournament as a Tiger put together another good tournament with a great round today. I was also proud of Carla for birdies on two of her last three holes to finish the day 2-under and help us move up the leaderboard.”

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