Lady Toppers tie for sixth in Paladin Invitational, Rich claims first top-ten finish

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WKU senior Kenlie Barrett, a transfer from Sam Houston State, finished the Paladin Invitational tied for 27th place after shooting a 7-over 223.

Lynda Eernisse, Sports reporter

The WKU Women’s Golf program closed out the Lady Paladin Invitational, hosted by Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Toppers ended the tournament with several great scores, including a top-ten finish from sophomore Rachel Rich and an overall team finish of sixth place.

Rich had an incredible weekend, shooting a 1-over 217 for the tournament as a whole and earning her first-ever top-ten finish, tying for 10th place. Rich started out her last round of the weekend with a birdie and finished with three more across her last four holes. 

“The team improved round over round, and I’m really proud of the fight they gave,” head coach Adam Gary said in a press release. “We finished incredibly strong in our final nine today with 13 birdies across the last six holes. Rachel [Rich] added a great top-10 finish as well to boost the team’s performance. We’re looking forward to a few weeks of work before FIU.”

Other notable scores from the team included freshman Catie Craig’s 6-over 222 and senior Kenlie Barrett’s 7-over 223. The invitational marked both Craig and Barrett’s second times competing for the red and white. 

Craig’s final round consisted of five birdies in her last six holes resulting in a tie for 22nd place, her first-ever top 25 appearance as a Lady Topper. 

Next, the Lady Toppers will travel to Sarasota, Florida for the Pat Bradley Invitational hosted by Florida International University on Oct. 16-18. 

Results – Final

T10. Rachel Rich – 75, 72, 70 – 217 

T22. Catie Craig – 73, 75, 74 – 222

T27. Kenlie Barrett – 73, 74, 76 – 223

T39. Olivia Reed – 77, 73, 77 – 227

T49. Sarah Arnold – 77, 82, 72 – 231

T60. Faith Martin* – 80, 82, 74 – 236

*competing as an individual

Sports reporter Lynda Eernisse can be reached at [email protected]