WKU junior Stuart Easton registered his third straight top-five finish Tuesday as the Hilltopper Golf team placed fourth at Kennesaw State’s Pinetree Intercollegiate.
Easton was one of three Hilltoppers in the top 15 individually, tying for fifth with an even-par 144 (72-72) tally at the par-72, 7,108-yard Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga.
The tournament was shortened to two rounds of play this week because of inclement weather in the area.
WKU shot a 587 (287-300) team total, just four strokes behind champion Southern Illinois. Wisconsin and host Kennesaw State tied for second at 584, only three shots ahead of the Hilltoppers, who started the final round tied for first.
“We had some tough play with the wind really up today,” WKU head coach Phillip Hatchett said. “The scores were much higher today, but a lot of good things transpired. We got to see how our freshmen would respond in the hunt, and there were so many good things that came out of this round and tournament for us.
“We realize we gave a bunch of shots away. It doesn’t take many – four shots, and we would’ve been tied for the lead. Over the course of 36 holes, it’s pretty easy to find four shots.”
Redshirt sophomore Linus Lo put together the best result of his career by tying for eighth with a 145 (71-74) mark. Redshirt junior Billy Tom Sargent also broke the top 15 at 146 (69-77), tying for 12th. Sargent has finished 12th or better in three of four events this season.
Freshmen Chase Landrum (157) and Crimson Callahan (159) finished 47th and tied for 50th, respectively.
The Hilltoppers tied for the lead in par-5 scoring as a team at 13 under for the tournament, and they ranked third in the field with 27 total birdies.
WKU will wrap up fall competition next week at Louisiana-Monroe’s Duck Commander Intercollegiate from Oct. 29-31 in El Dorado, Ark.
“We feel like this was a huge step in the right direction for us, instead of trying to claw our way back into position,” Hatchett said. “This bodes well for the future. We look forward to picking up where we left off next week in Arkansas.”
Pinetree Intercollegiate Final Results
T5. Stuart Easton (72-72-144)
T8. Linus Lo (71-74-145)
T12. Billy Tom Sargent (69-77-146)
47. Chase Landrum (75-82-157)
T50. Crimson Callahan (82-77-159)
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