The Western Kentucky Lady Toppers' golf team finished tied for third at South Alabama's USA Intercollegiate Tournament Sept. 16 at the par 72, 6,157-yard RTG Magnolia Grove-Crossings Course. Their score of 873, nine over par is the third best score in the history of the program.
Freshman Sarah Arnold led the Lady Toppers in every round to finish second at the tournament with a score of 208, eight under par, that tied the 54-hole score program record that was set in 2018 by former Franklin-Simpson Lady Cat golfer and senior Mary Joiner.
Individually, junior Olivia Reed was the second Lady Topper to finish in the top-20 behind Arnold. She finished tied for 17th after moving up 12 spots and shooting an even-par in the final round.
Joiner and junior Megan Clarke both tied for 20th in the final individual standings. Joiner shot an even-72 on Monday to advance 18 spots from the second round. Clarke's 4-over par score of 75 was counted as WKU's fourth score in the final round.
WKU's four top-20 finishers are the most since the program had five Lady Toppers finish in the top-18 at the 2019 Spring Break Shootout in March.
Counting as the third score for the Lady Toppers on Monday was sophomore Lizzie Loy's 1-over par score of 73. She improved by three shots in the second round and by five shots in the final round.
WKU seniors Abigail Smee and Bailey Tyree rounded out the Lady Topper scores with Smee shooting a score of 79 in the final round to finish with a three-day total of 229. Tyree shot a score of 83.
"I'm proud of how the team finished today, moving up two spots," Lady Toppers head coach Adam Gary said. "Our upperclassmen may have not had their best play but we will learn from it. I'm excited to see how this team progresses this year as they are a really special group."
WKU finished five shots out of first place after shooting a final-round 291, the second lowest team score on Monday. Conference USA's Unoversity of Alabama-Birmingham took the team title with a score of 4-over 868 while UAB individual Tia Teiniketo, who led after every round, won the overall title by shooting a 12-under par score of 204.
Lady Toppers' scorecard
2. Sarah Arnold -- 68, 69, 71 -- 208
T17. Olivia Reed • -- 74, 74, 72 -- 220
T20. Megan Clarke -- 75, 71, 75 -- 221
T20. Mary Joiner -- 73, 76, 72 -- 221
T63. Abigail Smee -- 75, 75, 79 -- 229
T73. Lizzie Loy -- 81, 78, 73 -- 232
T87. Bailey Tyree • -- 78, 80, 83 -- 241
(•)- individual players