WKU Men’s Golf finishes 11th at Bayou City Collegiate Classic


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Freshman Riley Grindstaff of the WKU Hilltoppers men’s golf team plays a qualifying round at Bowling Green Country Club on Sept. 17, 2021.

Joseph Thompson, Sports Reporter

WKU Men’s Golf finished in 12th place in the Bayou City Collegiate Classic Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery, Texas.

“I’m proud of the fight we showed this week following a tough finish in our last event,” WKU head coach Chan Metts said in a press release. “This is another week where I would like the par 5’s back. Those are things this team has struggled with all season.”

First and Second Round 

WKU tied for 11th place after the first and second round of competition Monday. Freshman Riley Grindstaff was the only player who finished in the top-15, hitting a 2-over 74 and 1-over 73. Junior Luke Fuller tied for 51st, scoring 2-over 74 in the first round and an 8-over 80 in the second round.

Sophomore Connery Meyer shot a 7-over 79 in the first round and shot 6-over 78 in the second round. Redshirt junior Thomas Hogan contributed with 4-over 76 in the first round while fifth-year senior Caleb O’Toole contributed a 4-over 76.

The Hilltoppers finished the first two rounds with a 15-over 303.

Final Round 

WKU shot a 18-over 306 in the final round Tuesday. 

Grindstaff led WKU with an 11th place finish, stroking a 2-over 74 in the final round. He became the first Hilltopper with four top-15 finishes in a single season since Linus Lo in the 2019-20 season.

O’Toole shot the lowest score for WKU in the final round, moving up 13 spots on the leaderboard to tie for 48th place in the tournament. He finished the day with a 1-over 73.

Hogan shot a 7-over 79 while Fuller mirrored their second round performances of 8-over 80, respectively. Hogan finished in 68th place and Fuller finished tied for 58th. Meyer shot a final round of 9-over 81 to end his tournament. 

WKU will compete in the Conference USA Championships at Texarkana April 25-27.

“The main focus all semester has been on what is coming in a few weeks in Texarkana,” Metts said. “Every week this team shows up excited and ready to compete, which gets me excited, but we just haven’t put it all together yet. We will get back to work and give everything we have to play our best golf of the year at conference.

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