LPGA's McDonald influenced by "Ms. Pat"

Itawamba AHS and Mississippi State product Ally McDonald was the guest speaker Monday at the Rotary Club of Tupelo.

Posted: Dec 3, 2018 6:18 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2018 6:40 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - After rewriting the record books at Itawamba AHS and Mississippi State, Ally McDonald is now a rising star on the LPGA Tour.

McDonald posted a career-best finish of third at the Northwest Arkansas Championship in June, and in 2019, she has her sights on making the United States Sohlheim Cup team, the ladies' equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

"It's still hard to believe, some days, when I do get to certain places, and I just kind of look around at my surroundings, and just think about how blessed I am, and where I'm at," McDonald said.

McDonald was the guest speaker Monday at the Rotary Club of Tupelo. One of her mentors, Pat Sistrunk, was there to see her.

"I am so terribly proud of her, and not only for her golf, but the way she presented her activities today," Sistrunk said. "Of course, I've taught her mother French before Ally was ever even thought of."

Sistrunk, who's 94, has hit six holes in one at the Okolona Country Club and has won the club championship.

"Ms. Pat," as Sistrunk is known, says she still plays golf and can still drive the ball roughly 140 yards.

"She is the epitome of what golf is, and how long you can play it," McDonald said of Sistrunk.

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