Freshman Caroline Cavin looked the part of a veteran Friday, leading the WKU Lady Topper Golf team on the first day of Kentucky’s Bettie Lou Evans Invitational.

Cavin – competing as an individual in the second tournament of her college career – fired a 1-under 71 to open play at the University Club of Kentucky’s Big Blue Course (par 72, 6,221 yards). She’s tied for seventh with two rounds to go.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native is just two strokes behind three golfers tied for the individual lead at 3 under. Cavin’s previous best round from WKU’s season-opening tournament was a 76.

As a team, the Lady Toppers are in 16th place with a 314 tally in a field that features six top-60 programs and four teams that competed in NCAA Regional play a year ago.

Sophomore Mary Joiner led the WKU golfers in team competition with a 4-over 76, while senior Georgina Blackman shot a 78. Sophomore Bailey Tyree (79), senior Katie Story (81) and freshman Megan Clarke (82) rounded out the scoring.

Notre Dame shot a 4-under 284 as a squad Friday to pace the team standings.

The tournament’s schedule was changed because of expected inclement weather Sunday. Teams will now play both of the remaining rounds Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.

Bettie Lou Evans Invitational First Day Results

T7. Caroline Cavin (71)
T36. Mary Joiner (76)
T54. Georgina Blackman (78)
T61. Bailey Tyree (79)
T79. Katie Story (81)
T84. Megan Clarke (82)

How to follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Lady Topper Golf, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUWomensGolf.


Zach Greenwell
Associate Director
WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations