IRVING, Texas — WKU women’s golf sophomore Mary Joiner has been named one of 14
recipients of the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, as announced by the
Conference USA office on Wednesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service
efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant public service,
good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The award is
presented three times throughout the season, with Wednesday’s honorees representing
spring sports: baseball, golf, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field.
Joiner, a Franklin, Ky., native, competed in all 11 events for the Lady Toppers as a
sophomore and led the team with a stroke average of 73.9, the best single-season
average in program history. She was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and
was picked as C-USA Golfer of the Week three times in a five-week span in the
Joiner finished the season with nine top-25 performances, five top-10s and four
top-fives, including individual victories at the Spring Break Shootout and the EKU
Colonel Classic. She now has a program-record four individual wins in just two
college seasons and has recorded five of the top seven 54-hole scores in program
She was also honored by the conference for her achievements in the classroom as a
member of the C-USA All-Academic Team for women’s golf. Joiner was one of 41 WKU
student-athletes named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist list and was
previously named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She has a cumulative GPA of
3.88 and is majoring in finance.
Joiner is a member of WKU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and also
participates in community service initiatives throughout the year as part of the
“Hilltoppers with Heart” program. This season, Joiner participated in National Girls
and Women in Sports Day and in Dance Big Red, a 12-hour fundraiser to support
Norton’s Children’s Hospital.