FORT MYERS, Fla. – WKU freshman Megan Clarke led the way for the Lady Toppers in
Tuesday’s second round of the Conference USA Championship, while senior Georgina
Blackman continued her success on the course. Blackman and Clarke stand tied for
third and sixth, respectively, through day two while the Lady Toppers are sixth in
the team standings.
The Heckmondwike, England, native Clarke tied her season low of 71 at the par-72,
6,194-yard Verandah Club. Clarke last earned that mark at the season opening USA
Intercollegiate in September. The freshman was the most improved Lady Topper from
the first to second rounds having lowered her score by five strokes. She notched
five birdies throughout the day.
Blackman started off with a tough front nine but was able to stay toward the top of
the leaderboard after shooting 2 under in her last eight holes, finishing with a
score of 76 for the day. She is just two strokes back from the leader with only one
more round to play.
Both Clarke and Blackman are in contention for WKU’s top finish since Crystal Anglea
finished fifth at the 2000 Sun Belt Conference Championship. They are also each in
the top five for birdies made thus far in the tournament with Blackman notching
eight and Clarke sinking seven.
As a team, WKU is sixth with a second-round score of 303 and a two-day total of 605.
UTSA leads the pack with a score of 586. The Lady Toppers are second in team pars
with 108, just behind Old Dominion with 112.
Sophomore Mary Joiner repeated her 3-over score from the opening round, shooting 75
in day two. The Kentucky native sits tied for 12th place.
Lady Topper senior Katie Story and sophomore Bailey Tyree finished the day shooting
81 and 82, respectively.
The final round of the C-USA Championship will begin Wednesday morning.
2018 Conference USA Championship Second Day Results
T3. Georgina Blackman (69-76-145)
T6. Megan Clarke (76-71-147)
T12. Mary Joiner (75-74-149)
T57. Katie Story (83-81-164)
T57. Bailey Tyree (82-82-164)