NASHVILLE, Tenn. — WKU Hilltopper Golf finished the Ryman Hospitality
Intercollegiate with three players in the top 20 individually Tuesday, as the team
tied for fifth in the Lipscomb-hosted event.
The Hilltoppers finished with an 876 (296-284-296) total, just two strokes out of
third place. Rice won the team title at 860.
“Just past midway through the round, we were just three shots back of Rice after 11
holes,” WKU head coach Phillip Hatchett said. “We let some shots slip away coming
down the stretch, which is not like us at all. The course was still soft from all
the rain and was receptive to shots coming in, but it was difficult to get the ball
in the correct quadrant on the green because of so much spin on the ball. … All in
all, a good week and a step in the right direction with us playing ourselves close
to the lead without our best stuff.
“We feel like we can simply play our game and be competitive in every tournament we
play, and we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to finish the next
tournament stronger coming down the stretch.”
Junior Stuart Easton led WKU with a sixth-place result and a 54-hole tally of 216
(74-67-75). It’s his fourth top-10 performance of the season.
“We didn’t have our best golf on the final day, but with nine holes left to play we
were only a few shots off the lead which shows we can still compete even when we are
not playing our best,” Easton said. “For me, I am a little disappointed I did not
have a better final day, but finishing top 10 with two average rounds highlights to
me that my game is trending in the right direction. We’re really looking forward to
these next two weeks.”
After struggling early with a knee injury, redshirt junior Billy Tom Sargent
continued to get better each round, capped by Tuesday’s 1-under 70. He tied for 12th
at 219 (78-71-70), his seventh top-20 finish of the season.
“I thought the team made some big strides this week,” Sargent said. “Everyone’s
score counted and everyone had some good moments during the tournament. We are all
getting closer and closer to playing great at the same time, which will be dangerous
when we do. We all really wanted to win this tournament and had a chance with about
nine holes to play. There was a lot to learn for everyone this week, and I feel
confident moving on. This team is getting close.”
Redshirt sophomore Linus Lo also broke the top 20 in a tie for 17th at 221
(69-75-77), while sophomore Tom Bevington tied for 33rd at 225 (80-71-74). Freshman
Crimson Callahan tied for 46th at 228 (75-76-77).
Rice’s Mitchell Meissner and Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong shared medalist honors with
The Hilltoppers head quickly into their final event of the regular season, Purdue’s
Boilermaker Intercollegiate, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in West
Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate Final Results
6. Stuart Easton (74-67-75-216)
T12. Billy Tom Sargent (78-71-70-219)
T17. Linus Lo (69-75-77-221)
T33. Tom Bevington (80-71-74-225)
T46. Crimson Callahan (75-76-77-228)