Lady Toppers tie school record with final-round 288

SORRENTO, Fla. — Behind a school record-tying round, the WKU women’s golf team completed an impressive surge Tuesday to finish third at the MSU Spring Citrus Challenge.

The Lady Toppers fired an even-par 288 in the final round at the par-72, 5,929-yard RedTail Golf Course. That ties the best single round in school history, previously reached Sept. 14, 2014, at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate.

It was a remarkable turnaround for WKU, which finished the first day tied for ninth with a 315 total, moved up to seventh on day two by improving by 15 strokes to a 300, then knocked 12 more strokes off in the final round.

The Lady Toppers finished at 903, just two strokes behind second-place Florida Gulf Coast. Murray State won at 892.

WKU has finished in the top three in four events this season.

“I’m proud of how the team played,” WKU head coach Adam Gary said. “It seems like every time we’ve gotten off to a slow start, we’ve fought back and improved every day. To come back and shoot a school record and go from ninth into third is a true test of their resilience and their hard work. They put in the work after their rounds and ended up getting it done in the end.”

Four Lady Toppers shot 73 or better Tuesday, led by 1-under 71s from junior Georgina Blackman and freshman Mary Joiner.

Blackman finished sixth individually with a 221 (77-73-71) tally, her fourth top-10 result of the season and second in a row. She’s finished in the top 25 in eight of nine events this season.

Junior Katie Story notched her sixth top-20 finish, tying for 13th at 224 (80-71-73). Joiner jumped 20 spots to a tie for 31st at 232 (79-82-71).

Senior Daniela Galassi shot her best score of the season with a 1-over 73, tying for 33rd at 233 (80-80-73) – as did freshman Bailey Tyree (78-76-79) while competing as an individual.

Junior Emily Alexander tied for 46th with a 238 (79-76-83).

The Lady Toppers, who competed in three tournaments in Florida in a 15-day span, will return to action in Murray State’s Jan Weaver Invitational on April 7-8 at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray.

MSU Spring Citrus Challenge Final Results
6. Georgina Blackman (77-73-71-221)
T13. Katie Story (80-71-73-224)
T31. Mary Joiner (79-82-71-232)
T33. Daniela Galassi (80-80-73-233)
T33. Bailey Tyree (78-76-79-233)
T46. Emily Alexander (79-76-83-238)

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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