MOBILE, Ala. — WKU sophomore golfer Mary Joiner continued to shine in season debuts
with her effort Monday, finishing second individually in South Alabama’s USA
Joiner, a Franklin, Ky., native, fired a 3-under 69 in the final round at the
par-72, 6,002-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course. That lifted her from a tie
for fifth through two rounds into outright second place with a 4-under 212
“It feels good to start out the season strong,” Joiner said. “I improved each day,
and my game is starting to feel pretty good. The team had to deal with some injuries
and illness and we still battled, putting ourselves in the competition. It shows
that we have a strong, deep team that has potential to do a lot this year.”
Joiner registered eight pars Monday before taking a bogey on No. 9, then caught fire
on the back nine with four birdies in her last six holes.
The 212 was the best 54-hole score of Joiner’s young career, and her 143 through 36
holes was also a career best. She finished the tournament tied for the lead in both
par 3 and par 5 scoring.
Joiner also opened her freshman season in style with an individual victory last year
at the Drake Creek Invitational – one of two victories in her debut season. Monday’s
result is the third top-five finish of her career.
Joiner was one of three Lady Toppers to finish in the top 25 as WKU finished sixth
as a team with an 887 (296-291-300) tally.
Freshman Megan Clarke tied for 20th in her college debut with a 223 (75-71-77)
total, and senior Katie Story tied for 23rd at 224 (73-74-77). That was Story’s
ninth top-25 finish in her last 12 outings.
Freshman Caroline Cavin tied for 44th at 231 (76-78-77) in her first career
tournament, and sophomore Abigail Smee registered her career-best round Monday
playing as an individual, tying for 42nd with a 230 (78-79-73). Sophomore Bailey
Tyree tied for 50th at 234 (81-75-78).
Tulane won the team title with an 857, while Lamar’s Eva Martinez held on for
individual medalist honors with a 9-under 207.
WKU returns to the course at the Pirate Collegiate Classic from Sept. 25-26 in
USA Intercollegiate Final Results
2. Mary Joiner (72-71-69-212)
T20. Megan Clarke (75-71-77-223)
T23. Katie Story (73-74-77-224)
T42. Abigail Smee (78-79-73-230)
T44. Caroline Cavin (76-78-77-231)
T50. Bailey Tyree (81-75-79-234)
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