Hilltoppers wrap up fall golf season after tenth in Old Stone Invitational


Western Kentucky Hilltoppers women’s golfer Sarah Arnold finishes shot at Olde Stone Country Club. 

Camden Bush, Golf reporter

WKU Women’s Golf program concluded its fall season by finishing tenth in the Old Stone Intercollegiate Tournament in Bowling Green. The two day tournament wrapped up Tuesday at The Club at Olde Stone. 

“This finish was a bit disappointing for us,” head coach Adam Gary said. “It’s a tough pill to swallow when we’re only four shots from finishing in fifth and picking up a few more wins against some good teams, but that’s golf. I’m excited to see what this team can do in the spring.” The Hilltoppers finished the final day of the tournament with a total team score of 48 over par. This mark left them one stroke behind Santa Clara University in 10th place of 13 teams. The team as a whole shot 30-over-par on day one of the tournament and 18-over on day two. 

Senior Sarah Arnold led the Hilltoppers in the tournament with a total score of 223 over three rounds. Arnold shot three-over-par on day one and two-over on both rounds of day two, resulting in 14th place finish in the tournament of 72 golfers.

Freshman Syndney Hackett also put together a strong performance that put her tied for 24th place for the tournament. After shooting five-over-par on day one, Hackett shot just one-over and four-over in two rounds Tuesday. 

The Hilltoppers played a solid tournament. However, the team’s downfall partially came due to struggles on par-three holes. The Hilltoppers averaged 3.43 strokes per par-three, which was dead last of the 13 teams. 

One highlight of the weekend for the team was freshman Savannah Howell recording an eagle in round two on hole 14. Howell was one of only five golfers to record an eagle at the tournament.

Despite finishing in ninth place, the Hilltoppers were not far from much of the competition. Notre Dame and Santa Clara scored just one stroke better than WKU, while the Hilltoppers fell just four strokes behind fifth place Charleston Southern. 

T14 Sarah Arnold 75, 74, 74 (223)

T24 Sydney Hackett 77, 73, 76 (226)

T32 Catie Craig 80, 72, 76 (228)

T36 Addie Westbrook 78, 78, 74 (230)

T36 Kenlie Barrett 72, 75, 83 (230)

T44 Faith Martin 80, 77, 76 (233)

T61 Rachel Rich 82, 78, 79 (239)

T66 Averi Cline 83, 80, 77 (240)

68 Savannah Howell 85, 79, 77 (241)

Football reporter Camden Bush can be reached at [email protected].