Sargent leads WKU Men’s golf in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — WKU’s Billy Tom Sargent shot under par for the second time in three days Sunday, earning a top-25 finish in a stacked field at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

Sargent, a redshirt sophomore, carded a 2-under 70 in the final round at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Club. He finished with a 3-under 213 (70-73-70) total – his third-best showing of the season – to tie for 22nd individually in a field that featured five top-100 golfers.

The Hilltoppers moved up two spots on the final day to finish ninth as a team in the 14-team field with an 871 (286-296-289) total, including a 1-over combined effort Sunday.

“It was a great feeling to play in this tournament with a big field and good competition,” Sargent said. “I think we wanted to finish a little better. We had some ups and downs throughout the week. I think moving forward, we’ve got the right mindset. We’ll stay positive and keep moving forward to try to get the win.”

Behind Sargent, redshirt freshman Linus Lo and sophomore Blake Smith each shot even-par 72s in the final round. Lo tied for 44th with a 219 (71-76-72) total.

Freshman Kyle Jeffers also tied for 44th at 219 (71-73-75), while Smith tied for 50th at 220 (74-74-72). Freshman Tom Bevington tied for 72nd at 228 (74-76-78).

“We feel like we still left some shots out on the golf course all week long,” WKU head coach Phillip Hatchett said. “The guys did a great job maintaining their patience, because this might be one of the toughest putting tournaments we’ve had. The guys hit the ball well, and the golf course played a little tougher today.

“We played in a good field. I guarantee you we were the youngest team here by a long shot, so the future looks really, really bright. These guys never give up on anything and are fighting for every single shot.”

With class out of session, WKU heads right back into action at the ORU Spring Break Intercollegiate hosted by Oral Roberts. The tournament takes place Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 16 at TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas.

The Hilltoppers will take the same team of five they used this week to Texas.

Seminole Intercollegiate Final Round Results
T22. Billy Tom Sargent (70-73-70-213)
T44. Linus Lo (71-76-72-219)
T44. Kyle Jeffers (71-73-75-219)
T50. Blake Smith (74-74-72-220)
T72. Tom Bevington (74-76-78-228)

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