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 women’s golf sophomore Mary Joiner has been named one of 14 recipients of the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, as announced by the Conference USA office on Wednesday.

The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant public service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The award is presented three times throughout the season, with Wednesday’s honorees representing spring sports: baseball, golf, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field.

Joiner, a Franklin, Ky., native, competed in all 11 events for the Lady Toppers as a sophomore and led the team with a stroke average of 73.9, the best single-season average in program history. She was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and was picked as C-USA Golfer of the Week three times in a five-week span in the spring.

Joiner finished the season with nine top-25 performances, five top-10s and four top-fives, including individual victories at the Spring Break Shootout and the EKU Colonel Classic. She now has a program-record four individual wins in just two college seasons and has recorded five of the top seven 54-hole scores in program history.

She was also honored by the conference for her achievements in the classroom as a member of the C-USA All-Academic Team for women’s golf. Joiner was one of 41 WKU student-athletes named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist list and was previously named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She has a cumulative GPA of 3.88 and is majoring in finance.

Joiner is a member of WKU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and also participates in community service initiatives throughout the year as part of the “Hilltoppers with Heart” program. This season, Joiner participated in National Girls and Women in Sports Day and in Dance Big Red, a 12-hour fundraiser to support Norton’s Children’s Hospital.

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Zach Greenwell

Associate Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations