CANTON, Mass. — Mary Joiner is 2-for-2 this season in thrilling comebacks, and
2-for-2 in titles.
This time she brought her team along for the ride.
The junior Joiner stormed back from a six-shot deficit to start the final round at
the Boston College Intercollegiate, earning co-medalist honors in a tie for first.
Her effort also helped the Lady Toppers win the team title in the 16-squad field.
Because of ongoing rain at the course, no playoff was used to determine an outright
“I’m super excited with how the team did this week,” Joiner said. “The conditions
were tough today, but we gave it all we had and were able to get it done.”
Joiner’s victory is the sixth of her career and her second in as many weeks to start
the 2018-19 season, after also coming back from a three-shot deficit to win South
Alabama’s USA Intercollegiate last week. No other Lady Topper on record has more
than two career titles.
The Franklin, Ky., native will also move onto the all-time NCAA list for most career
wins. Coming into the season, only 81 other women’s golfers on record had at least
six career victories.
The win seemed improbable heading into Tuesday’s final round at the par-72,
6,137-yard Blue Hills Country Club. Joiner was six strokes behind College of
Charleston’s Jodee Tindal entering the day, but found herself tied for the lead
through 12 holes.
Her 2-under 70 in the final round tied for the best score of the entire tournament
as she finished with a 220 (72-78-70) tally. Joiner also finished the tournament
tied for the lead with 10 total birdies and paced the field in par-5 scoring, while
the Lady Toppers led the tourney with 33 team birdies.
“I was disappointed with my second round, but glad I could come back out and shoot a
good round today to bring it back,” Joiner said.
WKU’s team championship is the sixth in coach Adam Gary’s five seasons at the helm.
Gary’s six titles are the second-most for a Lady Topper coach, and he’s the only
coach in program history to win a tournament in each of his/her first five seasons
with the reins.
The team lead volleyed back and forth throughout the day Tuesday, with the Lady
Toppers ultimately finishing at 911 (298-309-304) – three strokes ahead of host
Boston College and four ahead of College of Charleston, which made a late push for
Behind Joiner, WKU sophomore Megan Clarke tied for 17th individually with a 229
(75-76-78) total. Freshman Lizzie Loy earned a top-20 finish in her second career
tournament, tying for 19th at 230 (73-79-78).
Juniors Bailey Tyree (79-77-79) and Abigail Smee (78-78-78) each tied for 33rd at 234.
WKU is back in action at Kentucky’s Betty Lou Evans Invitational on Oct. 5-7 in
Boston College Intercollegiate Final Results
T1. Mary Joiner (72-78-70-220)
T17. Megan Clarke (75-76-78-229)
T19. Lizzie Loy (73-79-78-230)
T33. Bailey Tyree (79-77-79-234)
T33. Abigail Smee (78-78-78-234)