TEXARKANA, Ark. — Billy Tom Sargent notched the WKU men’s golf team’s highest
individual conference finish since 2010 on Monday, tying for 12th in the 2017
Conference USA Championship.
The redshirt sophomore Sargent fired a three-round total of 221 (73-73-75) at the
par-72, 6,969-yard Texarkana Country Club. Teams completed the final two rounds
Sargent is WKU’s highest finisher since Alex Yost tied for sixth in the 2010 Sun
Belt Conference Championship, and his 221 is the best by a Hilltopper since 2014.
Sargent led the entire tournament with 40 pars and was just five strokes out of
second place. It was his seventh top-20 finish in 12 tournaments and the eighth time
he’s paced the Hilltoppers this year.
“It was probably the firmest greens we’ve played all year, and the speeds were
really hard to get used to,” Sargent said. “I know myself and my teammates would be
hitting irons into the front of the greens, and they’d bounce off the back. It was
kind of hard to adjust to that, but we’ve got a really young team, so I feel like we
learned a lot this week.
“That’s the main thing we can take out of it. We’re disappointed with our finish,
but we just have to move on and look forward to next year.”
WKU finished 10th in the 13-team field with a 910 (299-306-305) tally. The team
title will be decided Tuesday amongst the top four squads in match play.
Charlotte’s Seth Gandy was individual medalist at 214.
WKU sophomore Stuart Easton followed Sargent by tying for 27th with a 226 (72-78-76)
total. Sophomore Blake Smith tied for 34th at 230 (75-75-80).
Redshirt freshman Linus Lo fired a 239 (79-80-80), and freshman Kyle Jeffers bounced
back from a tough first two rounds to lead WKU in Monday’s finale with a 74. He
finished at 241 (85-82-74).
“The result was not our goal that we’ve had our sights set on all year long of
making it into the top four and match play,” WKU head coach Phillip Hatchett said.
“We didn’t meet our expectations of what we had been trying hard to achieve. We’re
going to take this and use this as learning time and go forward and keep working on
the things we need to get better as a team.”
WKU’s young squad – almost entirely made up of golfers who are redshirt sophomores
or younger – logged four top-five finishes this season, led by a tie for second at
the East Carolina Intercollegiate. Sargent also registered two individual
C-USA Championship Final Results
T12. Billy Tom Sargent (73-73-75-221)
T27. Stuart Easton (72-78-76-226)
T34. Blake Smith (75-75-80-230)
56. Linus Lo (79-80-80-239)
T59. Kyle Jeffers (85-82-74-241)
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