WKU finishes Season at 12th place


Chan Metts (left) talks with one of his former players as an assistant at Georgia Southern.

Drew Toennies

The Hilltoppers ended their 2020-21 season in 12th place on Wednesday at the Conference USA Championships in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Graduate senior Christian Tooley and freshman Connery Meyer would shoot under par in the final round to lead WKU to their lowest round of the tournament at 2-over-290.

“This season and week did not live up to our expectations in terms of results,” head coach Chan Metts said in a release. “I can say with certainty that it was not because of lack of effort or work ethic. This group showed up ready to work every day and gave us everything they had in every round they played.”

Metts said it was hard saying goodbye to two seniors who meant a lot to him personally and the program as a whole. 

“They will be missed and their positive impact on this program will be felt for many years to come,” Metts said. 

Tooley and Meyer both shot 1-under-71 in the final round of the Championship. This would be the second time Meyer was under par during the event while Tooley would improve his score through every round at the par-72, 6,969-yard Texarkana Country Club.

Meyer also tallied two eagles throughout the round while Tooley would log five birdies. The pair tied for 36th place after shooting 5-over 221 for their 54-hole scores.

WKU sophomore Luke Fuller made his scores count every day for WKU as he shot 1-over 73 in the final round of the tournament. Fuller finished one shot back from Meyer and Tooley, tying for 32nd place.

Rounding out the scores was redshirt senior Tom Bevington with a 3-over 75. The co-captain would have eight birdies on his back nine. Senior Caleb O’Toole would shoot one stroke higher than Bevington at 4-over 76.

After shooting 22-over 886, WKU would come in 12th place in the tournament.

“It is now time to hit the recruiting trail and also reevaluate what we need to do better moving forward, in order to get back to the level of play we expect here at Western Kentucky,” Metts said. “That will start immediately this summer and I’m looking forward to beginning that process.”


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