After the program’s best qualifying competition in many years, WKU Hilltopper Golf returns to the course this week to start its spring slate at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.

WKU will be one of 16 teams competing Monday and Tuesday at the par-72, 7,212-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Mobile, Ala.

Teams will play 36 holes Monday with an 8 a.m. CT shotgun start, followed by Tuesday’s final round with tee times.

The Hilltoppers enter the tournament after some intense qualifying rounds in challenging winter conditions that produced encouraging results.

“These are the lowest qualifying scores we’ve had top to bottom since I’ve been here,” WKU head coach Phillip Hatchett said. “The guys have been working really hard. They’re doing all the right things. Fortunately, as a coach, this couldn’t be a better situation. All the guys want to play. They’re out here all hours of the day – before practice, after practice. It’s an ideal situation.”

Redshirt junior Billy Tom Sargent, juniors Blake Smith and Stuart Easton, redshirt sophomore Linus Lo and sophomore Tom Bevington will represent WKU in the event.

Freshman Chase Landrum will compete simultaneously in the USA Individual Tournament, which will take place at the Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Course.

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 individual results and four top-fives.

This week is the start of a challenging spring schedule, in part meant to help players earn world ranking points for greater opportunities in the future.

“I expect only good things for us,” Smith said. “We’re playing in some big-time tournaments, so the plan is to show some people what we can do.”

How to follow the Hilltoppers: For complete information on WKU Hilltopper Golf, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUMensGolf.


Zach Greenwell

Associate Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations

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