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Blackman leads Lady Tops to 2nd at Jan Weaver

MURRAY, Ky. — Four players in the top 20 sparked the WKU women’s golf team to a
second-place finish Saturday at Murray State’s Jan Weaver Invitational.

The Lady Toppers shot a 299 team total on Saturday – their best round of the
tournament – to finish at 917 (307-311-299) across three rounds at the par-72,
6,017-yard Miller Memorial Golf Course.

WKU has finished third or better as a team in five of 10 events this season, and in
the top five in seven tournaments.

“I’m proud of the way the team came back today after a difficult wind in the first
and second round,” WKU head coach Adam Gary said. “Murray State is a good team and
it’s hard to beat them on their home course. I’m pleased with how we played, and we
made some good strides going into conference next week.”

Host Murray State won the team title at 893 in the 10-team field and had two
individuals share medalist honors.

WKU junior Georgina Blackman finished three strokes out of the lead and tied for
fifth with a 225 (76-77-72) total, including an even-par 72 in Saturday’s final
round. That was WKU’s best score of the tournament, and the Essex, England, native
also tied for the tourney lead in birdies with nine.

The result was Blackman’s third straight of sixth place or better and her fifth
top-10 finish of the season. She’s been in the top 25 in nine of 10 events this
year.

Freshman Mary Joiner tied for seventh at 228 (77-75-76), marking her fourth top-10
finish of the season. Junior Katie Story notched her fourth top-15 performance in
her last five outings by tying for 14th at 232 (76-80-76).

Freshman Abigail Smee tallied the best result of her young career by tying for 16th
at 233 (78-79-76). Junior Emily Alexander tied for 27th at 238 (86-77-75) while
competing as an individual, and freshman Bailey Tyree tied for 38th at 242
(84-83-75) – including a career-best 75 on Saturday.

Five of the six competing Lady Toppers shot or tied their best round of the
tournament Saturday.

The event was WKU’s last before heading into the Conference USA Championship, which
takes place April 17-19 at the Verandah Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla.

Jan Weaver Invitational Final Results
T5. Georgina Blackman (76-77-72-225)
T7. Mary Joiner (77-75-76-228)
T14. Katie Story (76-80-76-232)
T16. Abigail Smee (78-79-76-233)
T27. Emily Alexander (86-77-75-238)
T38. Bailey Tyree (84-83-75-242)

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

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