IRVING, Texas — WKU Golf made it a clean sweep Wednesday, as the Hilltoppers’ Billy
Tom Sargent and the Lady Toppers’ Mary Joiner took home both of the Conference USA
Golfer of the Week awards following a pair of victories.
This is the second time Sargent and Joiner have won the honors in the same week.
They also did it in the first week of the 2016-17 season after opening that campaign
with individual wins.
The award is the fourth of Joiner’s career and her second straight. The sophomore
was named C-USA Women’s Co-Golfer of the Week last week after finishing third in the
This is the third weekly award for the redshirt junior Sargent, who last won it
after taking the Kenny Perry Invitational title in October 2016.
Joiner logged the third individual victory of her young career Tuesday at WKU’s own
Spring Break Shootout, firing a 4-under 212 total to help the Lady Toppers win the
team title by 24 strokes.
The Franklin, Ky., native won the individual crown by eight strokes over teammate
Georgina Blackman. She played the par-4s and par-5s better than anyone across the
tournament and notched a tournament-high 12 birdies.
Joiner tied her career low for 54 holes at 212 – tying for the second-best score in
program history – that she just set last week at UNF Collegiate. She now has five
top-three performances in her career.
Sargent used the best 54-hole score by a Hilltopper since 2009 to record the third
tournament victory of his career last week at Houston’s Border Olympics. He fired a
12-under 204, beating Campbell’s Pontus Nyholm by two strokes, and finished ahead of
two top-100 players, including one top-50 individual.
Sargent’s 204 beat his previous career low by two shots and is the best 54-hole
score by a WKU player since Neil Horsley completed a 203 at the 2009 Renaissance
Invitational. He finished 9 under on par-5s for the tournament and now has six
rounds of 69 or better in his last nine opportunities.
The Lady Toppers are back in action at Georgia State’s John Kirk Panther
Intercollegiate from March 25-27 in Atlanta, Ga.
The WKU men are off until they compete in Lipscomb’s Ryman Hospitality
Intercollegiate on April 9-10 in Nashville.