WKU redshirt junior Billy Tom Sargent shot the low round of the day Tuesday, helping him finish in a tie for fourth at Louisiana-Monroe’s Duck Commander Intercollegiate.
Sargent fired an even-par 72 to finish the tournament at 226 (74-80-72), with the entire rest of the field over par in the third round. After shooting an 80 in Monday’s second round, Sargent birdied two of his first three holes Tuesday and focused on solid play at the grueling Mystic Creek Golf Club.
Steady play has been the name of the game all season for Sargent, who’s finished 12th or better in four of five events this year. This week’s fourth-place effort was a season best.
“We had seen the course three times at this point, and we knew the course was going to be tough and the scores were going to be high,” Sargent said. “I just tried to make pars. Every hole was another battle to make par, and we just went from there.”
Redshirt sophomore Linus Lo finished just behind Sargent in a tie for seventh at 228 (73-75-80).
That was the best result of Lo’s career, beating his tie for eighth just last week at Kennesaw State’s Pinetree Intercollegiate.
WKU finished eighth as a team with a 934 (305-314-315) tally. UNC-Wilmington won the team competition at 916, while the program’s Patrick Cover was the individual champion at 222 – just four strokes ahead of Sargent.
“We had two players in the top 10 on the hardest golf course we’ve played this year by far,” WKU head coach Phillip Hatchet said. “When you see the individual winner being over par, that says a lot. There’s a lot of good players playing in this event. We got some great experiences. A couple of my guys haven’t played a course quite this tough, and it seemed like every day we went out there we learned something new.”
Junior Stuart Easton tied for 32nd at 238 (78-79-81), while freshman Chase Landrum (81-80-83) and sophomore Tom Bevington (80-82-82) each tied for 50th at 244.
The Hilltoppers finished in the top five in three of their five events in the fall, and they registered 10 top-25 individual performances. WKU also had seven top-10 results and four top-fives, including Sargent’s effort this week and three such outings from Easton.
WKU opens its spring season at South Alabama’s Magnolia Grove Intercollegiate on Feb. 12-13 in Mobile, Ala.
“It wasn’t the finish we were looking for, but we have a lot of positives that have come out of this fall season,” Hatchett said. “We’re looking forward to making the most out of those and continuing to work our way toward our goals for the spring season.”
Duck Commander Intercollegiate Final Results
T4. Billy Tom Sargent (74-80-72-226)
T7. Linus Lo (73-75-80-228)
T32. Stuart Easton (78-79-81-238)
T50. Chase Landrum (81-80-83-244)
T50. Tom Bevington (80-82-82-244)
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