Led by a pair of top-five individual finishes and some career-best efforts, the WKU Lady Topper Golf team claimed second place Tuesday in East Carolina’s Pirate Collegiate Classic.
Seniors Georgina Blackman (72-75-72) and Katie Story (71-76-72) each tied for fifth at 219 to pace the Lady Toppers, who finished with an 878 (293-290-295) team tally.
Host East Carolina won the team title at 865, and ECU’s Dorthea Forbrigd beat teammate Kate Law in a playoff for individual medalist honors at 215.
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, WKU has finished third or better as a team in six tournaments.
“I’m really proud of this team to post three scores under 300 this week,” WKU head coach Adam Gary said. “Having three individuals finish in the top 10 is a great accomplishment. We fought hard against a strong East Carolina team playing on their home course.”
Blackman and Story each shot even-par 72s on Tuesday to lead WKU. Story’s fifth-place finish was the best of her career, and she tied her career low for 54 holes with a 219.
Blackman has finished seventh or better in each of her last five tournaments dating back to last season, including three fifth-place performances. She tied for third in the tournament with 12 birdies.
But the seniors represented just half of the Lady Toppers who finished in the top 15.
Sophomore Mary Joiner placed 10th at 220 (75-70-75), one week after opening the season with a second-place result at the USA Intercollegiate.
Sophomore Bailey Tyree set career bests by tying for 13th with a 222 (75-71-76) total. Tyree’s previous best finish was a tie for 32nd, and she improved on her previous career-low score of 233 by 11 strokes.
Freshman Megan Clarke finished the tournament with a 238 (85-74-79) total.
The Lady Toppers return to action in Kentucky’s Betty Lou Evans Collegiate on Oct. 6-8 in Lexington, Ky.
Pirate Collegiate Classic Final Results
T5. Georgina Blackman (72-75-72-219)
T5. Katie Story (71-76-72-219)
10. Mary Joiner (75-70-75-220)
T13. Bailey Tyree (75-71-76-222)
T62. Megan Clarke (85-74-79-238)
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