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Hilltoppers finish 10th in deep Mobile field

MOBILE, Ala. – The WKU men’s golf team wrapped play in its opening event of the spring season Tuesday in a deep and competitive field at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate hosted by South Alabama. The Hilltoppers shot 886 (287-298-301) for the tournament, finishing 10th of 15 programs in the two-day, three-round event.

In Tuesday’s final round at the par-72, 7,212-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course, Billy Tom Sargent led the Hilltoppers with an even-par 72. The redshirt sophomore ended his round with two birdies in his last nine holes of play, finishing in a tie for 34th within the field of 75 golfers.

Linus Lo returned to action after the best day of his young career, rounding out Tuesday with a 78. Lo ended the tournament tied for 23rd at 218, the lowest score for the Hilltoppers over the course of the three rounds. The redshirt freshman was only four strokes off his season low for 54 holes.

Sophomore Blake Smith shot his best score of the tournament with a 1-over 73, finishing tied for 42nd with a 223 total. Redshirt senior Nick Thompson fired a 78 in the final round, while junior Bryant Evans carded an 80.

Louisville won the team competition with an 856 total.

The rest of the Hilltoppers played in the nearby USA Individual Tournament at the par-71, 7,158 yard Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Course.

Thirty-seven golfers competed in the tournament, and WKU freshman Tom Bevington finished 13th overall with a score of 225. Freshman Kyle Jeffers and sophomore Stuart Easton both tied for 14th at 226 for the 54 holes.

The Hilltoppers have some time off before heading to the Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by Florida State on March 10-12. The tournament will be played at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

MSA Tournament Final Results
T23. Linus Lo (68-72-78-218)
T34. Billy Tom Sargent (73-76-72-221)
T42. Blake Smith (74-76-73-223)
T53. Bryant Evans (73-74-80-227)
T56. Nick Thompson (73-77-78-228)

USA Individual Tournament Final Results
13. Tom Bevington (74-71-80-225)
T14. Kyle Jeffers (73-77-76-226)
T14. Stuart Easton (74-73-79-226)
Colin Frizzell (88-78-WD)

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