After Middle Tennessee’s Intercollegiate at The Grove was cut to just 36-holes, the Hilltoppers advanced three spots to tie for third as a team. It’s WKU’s best team finish so far this season.
“I’m very pleased with how our team responded this week,” said head coach Chan Metts of the squad. “We faced some adversity on and off the course, but we never had a ‘poor me’ attitude. Our guys showed a lot of mental toughness battling this week and we took several steps in the right direction. We still haven’t quite put together a complete tournament, but we are getting closer. Our best golf is still in front of us.”
Jack Poole led WKU through the event, finishing tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard after firing a final-round 1-under 71. The junior transfer recorded a 36-hole total of 1-under 143.
“Jack played very well this week and put himself in position to compete for a win coming down the stretch,” said Metts of the junior. “That’s all you want as a player and coach, a chance coming down the last few. Winning in our game is a learned skill that happens through a process. Jack and the team both took steps in that process and I’m excited about the future.”
Senior Linus Lo continued his consistent scores and carded a 3-under 69 in Tuesday’s final round. Lo notched seven birdies on his way to a T10 finish at The Grove Club (par-72, 7,368-yard). Lo and Poole’s top-10 finishes are the first time of the season multiple Hilltoppers have placed in the top-10 at the same event.
The Hilltopper finishing next on the leaderboard was Tom Bevington. The senior finished the event with a 2-over 74 to place tied for 33rd. Chase Landrum was WKU’s fourth score in the final round after recording a 4-over 76. The junior placed T37 overall.
Caleb O’Toole completed the event with a 6-over 78 and finished tied for 75th.
WKU finished six shots in front of defending, back-to-back Conference USA Champion Middle Tennessee.
“To compete against Middle Tennessee on their home course and finish a few spots in front of them is an accomplishment for our team,” said Metts of the impressive finish. “MTSU is a great golf team with a history of winning, so we’re glad to prove we can compete with them.”
Completing his Hilltopper debut was Patrick Kennedy. The freshman competed as an individual and placed T79 with a 36-hole total of 162.
Taking the team title was Tennessee with a final score of 7-under 569. Tennessee’s Tyler Johnson also took the individual title with a score of 6-under 138.
WKU is back in action at the Autotrader Collegiate Classic hosted by Georgia State on Monday.
Results – Final Round
T8. Jack Poole – 72, 71 – 143
T10. Linus Lo – 75, 69 – 144
T33. Tom Bevington – 76, 74 – 150
T37. Chase Landrum – 75, 76 – 151
T75. Caleb O’Toole – 82, 78 – 160
T79. Patrick Kennedy* – 78, 84 – 162
*competing as an individual
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