DADE CITY, Fla. — Georgina Blackman and Katie Story paved the way for the WKU women’s golf team Tuesday with a pair of top-10 finishes at the WKU/USM Spring Break Shootout.
The juniors each cracked the top six individually at the par-72, 6,325-yard Lake Jovita Golf Club. The Lady Toppers co-hosted the event with Southern Miss.
WKU finished fifth as a team in the 13-program field with a three-round total of 909 (306-299-304). Georgia Southern claimed the title at 897.
“I’m proud of the way my team fought this week,” WKU head coach Adam Gary said. “They had to overcome not having our usual routine since we were hosting. We have had three players with the flu and had to fight through not feeling well. Georgina had a great tournament, and Katie finished strong today with a 72.”
“Since it was the first event I have hosted, I didn’t know what to expect,” Gary added. “The Lake Jovita staff was great to work with, and I was pleased with the field size for year one. Congrats to Georgia Southern on their first win as a program.”
Blackman finished fifth individually after ending the first day in second place. She finished just five strokes behind the individual champion with a 222 (73-70-79) total.
Story tied her best score of the season and notched WKU’s best round of the day with an even-par 72 to finish tied for sixth at 223 (73-78-72). Story tallied four birdies Tuesday.
Freshman Mary Joiner also cracked the top 15, tying for 13th at 227 (77-73-77). Senior Daniela Galassi tied for 31st at 233 (78-75-80) while competing as an individual.
Freshman Abigail Smee tied for 59th with a 245, including a 76 in the final round for her best showing of the week, and junior Emily Alexander was 67th at 251.
WKU returns to the course for the MSU Citrus Spring Challenge on March 19-21, hosted by Morehead State at RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
WKU/USM Spring Break Shootout Final Results
5. Georgina Blackman (73-70-79-222)
T6. Katie Story (73-78-72-223)
T13. Mary Joiner (77-73-77-227)
T31. Daniela Galassi (78-75-80-233)
T59. Abigail Smee (89-80-76-245)
67. Emily Alexander (83-78-90-251)
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