Eyes on the prize

Scott County native Billy Tom Sargent wrapped up his golf career at Western Kentucky University with honorable mention All-America honors for his senior season. He is the first player to earn that recognition for the Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky University graduating senior Billy Tom Sargent was named a PING honorable mention All-American on Thursday, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Sargent, also an alumnus of Scott County High School, is the first golfer in WKU history to receive All-America honors.

The Georgetown native recently completed the most decorated season and career in Hilltopper golf history.

The All-Conference USA first team performer became the first Hilltopper to ever compete in the NCAA Championships, tying for 11th and earning recognition as a top-15 national finalist.

He outperformed 61 of 72 top-100 players in the field, including 15 in the top 25, and tied for the 10th-best NCAA finish ever by a Conference USA golfer.

Sargent finished the season ranked as the No. 75 golfer in the country by Golfstat. He competed in 12 events in his final season, leading the team with a stroke average of 71.5 — the best single-season mark on record in the program.

Sargent tallied nine top-20 finishes in his final college campaign, including four top-fives and two victories that tied him for the program record with five career wins. Those wins included Vanderbilt's prestigious Mason Rudolph Championship.

The senior became the first Hilltopper to ever compete in multiple NCAA Regionals as an individual. 

He earned the single advancing individual berth to the NCAA Championships by winning a three-hole playoff at the Athens Regional.

Sargent was previously named to the Division I PING All-Region Midwest team by the GCAA for the second straight season.

Prior to his career at Western Kentucky, Sargent twice was named Kentucky Mr. Golf, winning the honor for SCHS in 2012 and 2013.

He also has been a standout in summer play. Sargent finished tied for second (and the top amateur) in the 2016 Kentucky Open and was runner-up in the 2017 Kentucky Amateur.

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