Three Western Kentucky golfers improved their scores from the second to third round as WKU finished 10th at Louisville’s Cardinal Cup on Sunday.

The Lady Toppers improved by nine strokes in the final round to finish at 7-over 295 with a 54-hole total of 37-over 901.

“I feel like the team was really close to playing well this week,” WKU coach Adam Gary said in a news release. “Some short game and unforced errors held us back some, which can easily happen on a tough course against strong competition.”

Freshman Sarah Arnold moved up nine spots on the leaderboard on the final day after carding a 1-under 71. She notched her third top-20 finish in four tournaments after placing tied for 19th with a 54-hole total of 6-over 222. She improved by six strokes total over the three-day event at the par-72, 6,393-yard University of Louisville Golf Club.

Following Arnold in placing was Megan Clarke. The junior made up four strokes from the second to third round, recording a final-day 1-over 73 on Sunday. She finished tied for 29th after finishing 9-over for the whole event.

Both seniors that competed for WKU finished tied for 36th: Abigail Smee and Mary Joiner. Smee carded a final-round 75 while Joiner added a 76 as the Lady Toppers’ fourth and final score of the day. They each had a 54-hole total of 11-over 227.

Kansas’ Sera Tadokoro took home the individual title at 8-under 208, while host Louisville won the Cup at 4-over 868 as a team.

WKU’s final event of the fall season is Little Rock Women’s Golf Classic beginning on Oct. 27.

Rice blanks WKU Soccer

Western Kentucky’s soccer team ended a four-game road stretch Sunday at Rice with a 1-0 loss. A penalty kick by the Owls midway through the second half proved to be the difference.

WKU (8-6-1 overall, 4-4 Conference USA) was active early with four shots in the first five minutes. As the first half played on, both teams had scoring opportunities, but the squads went to halftime knotted at zero.

The shutout continued until in the 64th minute, when Rice was awarded a penalty kick. The Owls’ striker found the back of the net to score what would ultimately be the game-winning goal.

WKU goalkeeper Anne-Marie Ulliac finished the game with six saves. Deven Jackson was the leading shot-taker in the game with five total, three of which were on goal. Ashley Leonard and Ambere Barnett each added three shots.

WKU outshot Rice 18-16 in the match.

The Lady Toppers will return home for senior day at 6 p.m. Friday against UAB.

​— Follow WKU athletics beat writer Elliott Pratt on Twitter @EPrattBGDN or visit bgdailynews.com.

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