Sept 7, 2017 during Western Kentucky Hilltoppers womens golf teams plays a practice round at Olde Stone Country Club (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)
WKU sophomore golfer Mary Joiner continued to shine in season debuts with her effort Monday, finishing second individually in South Alabama’s USA Intercollegiate.
Joiner, a Franklin, Ky., native, fired a 3-under 69 in the final round at the par-72, 6,002-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course. That lifted her from a tie for fifth through two rounds into outright second place with a 4-under 212 (72-71-69) total.
“It feels good to start out the season strong,” Joiner said. “I improved each day, and my game is starting to feel pretty good. The team had to deal with some injuries and illness and we still battled, putting ourselves in the competition. It shows that we have a strong, deep team that has potential to do a lot this year.”
Joiner registered eight pars Monday before taking a bogey on No. 9, then caught fire on the back nine with four birdies in her last six holes.
The 212 was the best 54-hole score of Joiner’s young career, and her 143 through 36 holes was also a career best. She finished the tournament tied for the lead in both par 3 and par 5 scoring.
Joiner also opened her freshman season in style with an individual victory last year at the Drake Creek Invitational – one of two victories in her debut season. Monday’s result is the third top-five finish of her career.
Joiner was one of three Lady Toppers to finish in the top 25 as WKU finished sixth as a team with an 887 (296-291-300) tally.
Freshman Megan Clarke tied for 20th in her college debut with a 223 (75-71-77) total, and senior Katie Story tied for 23rd at 224 (73-74-77). That was Story’s ninth top-25 finish in her last 12 outings.
Freshman Caroline Cavin tied for 44th at 231 (76-78-77) in her first career tournament, and sophomore Abigail Smee registered her career-best round Monday playing as an individual, tying for 42nd with a 230 (78-79-73). Sophomore Bailey Tyree tied for 50th at 234 (81-75-78).
Tulane won the team title with an 857, while Lamar’s Eva Martinez held on for individual medalist honors with a 9-under 207.
WKU returns to the course at the Pirate Collegiate Classic from Sept. 25-26 in Greenville, N.C.
USA Intercollegiate Final Results
2. Mary Joiner (72-71-69-212)
T20. Megan Clarke (75-71-77-223)
T23. Katie Story (73-74-77-224)
T42. Abigail Smee (78-79-73-230)
T44. Caroline Cavin (76-78-77-231)
T50. Bailey Tyree (81-75-79-234)
How to follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Lady Topper Golf, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUWomensGolf.

Zach Greenwell
Associate Director
WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations


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