BY BRIAN DAVIS
Former Franklin-Simpson Lady Cat and sophomore WKU Lady Topper golfer Mary Joiner earned her best score as a Lady Topper while finishing third in the University of North Florida Collegiate Golf Tournament last week.
Joiner tied the second-best 54-hole score in the program's history Tuesday, March 6, finishing third individually. She finished with a four under par total score of 212 at the par-72, 5,926-yard Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, tying her own career low previously reached in September at the USA Intercollegiate.
She shot an opening round of 69, three under par followed by a 73, for a score of one over par, and a 70 in the final round, for a score of two under par. She went a combined nine under on par five holes throughout the tournament. This is the fourth top-three performance of her career. Joiner's score of 212 was just one stroke off Ellinor Haag's program record of 211 set in 2014. She now owns three of the top four 54-hole total scores in Lady Topper history.
"I played a really solid tournament," Joiner said. "I didn't finish as well as I'd hoped, but there were still a lot of positives to take away from this week. I'm proud of this team and looking forward to our next chance to compete."
As a team, the Lady Toppers finished fifth in a competitive field. The Lady Toppers finished with a total score of 889. They opened the tournament with a score of 286 followed by a 300 and shot a score of 303 in the final round, only six strokes behind second place Chattanooga, with Old Dominion winning the tournament with a score of 864.
Lady Topper senior Katie Story tied for 12th for with a score of 219 (68-75-76), tying her career low. Freshman Megan Clarke tied for 35th with a score of 227 (72-79-76). Senior Georgina Blackman finished with a score of 234, (77-76-81), and sophomore Bailey Tyree shot a score of 236, (78-76-82).
The Lady Toppers stay in Florida this week as they host the Spring Break Shootout in Tampa, Florida.
UNF Collegiate Final Results
3. Mary Joiner 212 (69-73-70)
T-12. Katie Story 219 (68-75-76)
T-35. Megan Clarke 227 (72-79-76)
T-55. Georgina Blackman 234 (77-76-81)
T-64. Bailey Tyree 236 (78-76-82)