A second-round push has the WKU Lady Topper Golf team just four strokes out of first place going into the final day of East Carolina’s Pirate Collegiate Classic.
The Lady Toppers fired a 7-over 583 (293-290) total in Monday’s first two rounds at the par-72, 6,105-yard Greenville Country Club, good enough for second place behind host East Carolina (579).
Trailing ECU by 13 strokes through the first round, WKU made up nine strokes in the afternoon and is right in the hunt heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. The last round is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.
The Lady Toppers’ 290 was the best score of the second round by five shots. While East Carolina and WKU went neck-and-neck Monday, the next closest team behind the Lady Toppers is Towson with a 592 total.
WKU has four golfers in the top 11 entering the final round, led by sophomore Mary Joiner in sixth with a 1-over 145 (75-70) total. Joiner has four rounds of 72 or better in five opportunities this season.
Sophomore Bailey Tyree had a career day on the course and is tied for seventh at 146 (75-71). The 1-under 71 in the second round was the best score of Tyree’s college career by four strokes, and it was her best 36-hole tally by eight strokes.
Tyree is tied for second in the tournament with nine total birdies. WKU is tied with East Carolina for the team lead for birdies with 36.
Seniors Georgina Blackman (72-75) and Katie Story (71-76) are both tied for 11th individually at 147, while freshman Megan Clarke is tied for 62nd at 159. Clarke improved by 11 strokes from an 85 to a 74 across the two rounds and factored into the second-round score.
Towson’s Alexis Hios and Cincinnati’s Anika Hitt lead the individual field at 142, just three strokes ahead of Joiner.
Pirate Collegiate Classic First Day Results
6. Mary Joiner (75-70-145)
T7. Bailey Tyree (75-71-146)
T11. Georgina Blackman (72-75-147)
T11. Katie Story (71-76-147)
T62. Megan Clarke (85-74-159)
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