BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — For the second straight season, WKU redshirt senior Billy Tom
Sargent will compete in the NCAA Regionals as an individual after being selected for
an at-large bid Wednesday night.
Sargent will compete May 13-15 in the Athens (Ga.) Regional at the University of
Georgia Golf Course. The top at-large individual from each regional advances to the
2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships on May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in
The announcement was bittersweet for Sargent, who received a bid but said his “heart
sank” as teammate and fellow senior Stuart Easton missed the cut by the narrowest of
“Stuart has been such a key player to this team the entire time that he’s been here,
and watching him grow over the years has been incredible,” Sargent said. “He gave so
much to this program, and I’m glad that I got to be his teammate for four years.
He’s made me a better player and I’ll cherish all the times we had together as
teammates. I really just wish we had one more go-around together at Regionals
although we’d be competing against each other. I know his future is bright and he
will succeed in golf.
“As for myself, I’m going to use these next 10 days and prepare the best I can for
Regionals on the course and try to get an idea of how the course will play before
arriving. I’m excited to have one more go-around at Regionals after playing poorly
last year. I now know what to expect, and I feel good about my game.”
Sargent is the first Hilltopper to ever receive an at-large NCAA Regional berth
twice. He’s the second Hilltopper to even compete in multiple Regionals – along with
Brent Long, who competed in 2008 as an individual and in 2006 with the WKU team.
“Postseason play is very difficult to make in our world, so anytime we can make the
postseason as a team or with individuals is very special,” WKU head coach Chan Metts
said. “Billy Tom is very deserving of this opportunity because of all the hard work
and resolve he has shown this season. It has been a special year and to have this
opportunity to play in the postseason is a testament to the leadership he has given
this program as a captain.”
Sargent leads the Hilltoppers with a 71.5 stroke average, which would be the lowest
single-season mark in the program since at least 1994.
The Georgetown, Ky., native has seven top-20 performances in 10 events this season,
including four top-10s, three top-5s and two victories.
Sargent’s most recent win at Vanderbilt’s prestigious Mason Rudolph Championship in
April tied the program record for career individual victories at five.
His 201 total tied for the second-lowest 54-hole score in program history – one
stroke behind Long’s 200 at the 2008 UTSA Roadrunner Intercollegiate. Sargent
finished ahead of 12 top-100 golfers in the Vandy tournament, including six in the
top 35 and three in the top 25.
He’s the second-ranked player out of Conference USA, according to Golfstat.
Last season, Sargent became just the second Hilltopper to ever receive an individual
NCAA Regional berth after Long in 2008. He finished with a three-day total of 227 at
the Kissimmee (Fla.) Regional.