Gardner-Webb held off Elon for team honors; Clemson’s Patton with indy honors
87 golfers from 16 different schools in competition in earliest scheduled event date
Hickory, N.C., native opens play Thursday at 8:07 am ET
PGA TOUR Rookie won sectional title at Brookside Golf & Country Club
Catamount scoring five each post top 20 finish, three inside top five
Catamount Club Student-AthleteHighlights Video
2014-15 (Senior): Recorded a 71.13 scoring average, second both in the Southern Conference and in WCU’s single-season record books ... Paced the Catamounts in 10 of the 12 seasonal events recording nine top 10s and seven top fives including two individual medalist honors ... Nine of his final 12 rounds were carded at even-par or better including six rounds shot in the 60s ... Claimed his second-straight Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship in a sudden death playoff, matching former men's golfer Matt Cook as the only Catamount to ever win multiple conference individual titles ... Not to be outdone, Poston again used extra holes in NCAA Chapel Hill Regional play to earn WCU’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, rallying on the 54th hole of regulation before edging Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong on the second hole of the sudden death playoff to become the first-ever WCU men's golfer to advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship ... Was a three-time Southern Conference Men's Golfer of the Week, the most by any WCU golfer ... Additionally, was tabbed the SoCon Men's Golfer of the Month for April, 2015, the second such honor of his career ... Was again listed on the Watch List for the prestigious Palmer Cup ... Named PING All-East Region by the Golf Coaches Association (GCCA) ... For a second-consecutive year, collected a pair of All-America honors including third team PING All-America by the GCCA and honorable mention honors from Golfweek magazine ... Named to the Spring 2015 Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
2013-14 (Junior): Put together arguably the best individual season in WCU men's golf history ... Led WCU in all 10 seasonal events ... A combined 26 of his 33 seasonal rounds were carded at even-par or better including 16 rounds in the 60s ... Recorded WCU's all-time best single-season scoring average at 70.27 ... Finished the season as the top-rated men's golfer in the Southern Conference and was Named the 2014 Southern Conference Men's Golfer of the Year after claiming individual medalist honors at the conference championship in Pinehurst, N.C. ... Named SoCon Men's Golfer of the Week on March 12 after a fifth-place finish at Auburn's Tiger Invitational ... Picked up SoCon Men's Golfer of the Month plaudits for April, finishing second in a chip-off at the Wofford Invitational and winning the SoCon Championship ... Was ranked eighth in the nation according to the final GolfStat Cup rankings while sitting fifth in the GolfStat statistics ... Was ranked 24th in the country according to Golfweek ... Earned an at-large individual bid into the NCAA post-season, finishing tied for 38th at the NCAA Raleigh Regional held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course ... Earned his second-consecutive selection the NCAA Division I PING All-East Region squad by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) ... Was also named a Division I PING All-America Honorable Mention by GCAA ... Earned third team All-America plaudits from Golfweek ... Appeared on the official watch lists for both the Ben Hogan Award and the 2014 Haskins Award ... Made the ranking watch lists for the United States' Palmer Cup team, putting him among the top 25 American-born collegiate golfers considered for the "Ryder Cup-style" tournament ... Ranked as high as sixth on the Palmer Cup list ... Named to the Spring 2014 Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
2012-13 (Sophomore): Led Western Carolina in 10 of the 11 seasonal events ... Paced the squad with a scoring average of 72.19, a mark which ranked SECOND in the Southern Conference and ranks THIRD on WCU's all-time, single-season scoring record books - now has two of WCU's Top 10 best single-season stroke averages (9th as a freshman, 73.55) ... Recorded seven top 10 finishes including five, top five tallies in his second season ... A combined 19 of his 32 rounds were shot at even-par, 72, or below including shooting rounds in the 60s five times, matching a career-low with a 66 in the second round of the Saint Mary's Invitational at the Bayonet & Black Horse Courses in Seaside, Calif. ... In three-consecutive tournaments, recorded career-best finishes including fourth at the Saint Mary's Invitational, third at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate and tied for second at the N.C. State Wolfpack Intercollegiate ... Named to the All-Southern Conference team following the conference championship event, finishing tied for 10th at the conference finale for a second-consecutive season ... During the summer, won the 98th annual Southwestern Amateur held on the 7,412-yard Nicklaus Signature Renegade Course at the Desert Mountain Club ... He opened with a round of 69 and followed with a pair of 71s in the second and third rounds before shooting a final-round of five-under par 65 for a total of four-under par, 276, rallying six places in the final standings to earn the come-from-behind win ... Named to the Spring 2013 Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
2011-12 (Freshman): Appeared in all 10 season events as a true freshman, pacing the team in eight tournaments including all five in the spring season ... Led the team with a 73.55 stroke average, placing inside the top 10 in four events including a career-best sixth-place finish at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct., 2011) ... His single-season stroke average ranked eighth all-time in school history ... A combined 13 of his 29 rounds were shot at par-72 or below ... Carded his career-low round of 66 in the second round of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate (Nov., 2011) ... Made his collegiate debut at the Spring Hill Suites Intercollegiate (Sept., 2011) recording an eighth-place finish ... Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team following the conference championship event, finishing tied for 10th at the conference finale
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time All-Catawba Valley Conference (CVAC) selection and a two-time North Carolina High School 3-A State Individual Champion ... Set a couple of North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) records in winning the state 3-A golf championship as his one-round score of 63 was the lowest ever shot for 18 holes in the state championship, and his 36-hole score of 13-under, 131, was also a new state tournament record ... His brilliant performance earned him a mention in the "Faces In The Crowd" section of the May 23rd Sports Illustrated ... Became the second-consecutive Catamount incoming freshman to win the junior national Big "I" Championship, carding a six-under 282 (72-69-70-71) at the Reunion Golf and Country Club in Mississippi to win the honors (WCU signee Greg Bunner won the 2010 event) ... Named the 2010 Northwest 3A/4A Conference Player of hte Year ... As a high school junior, was ranked 14th in the state of North Carolina and was ranked 16th as a senior ... Played in the 2010 Big "I" National, firing rounds of 73-76-71-74 to finish tied for 12th overall ... Other top amateur career finishes include a fifth-place tie at the 2009 North Carolina Junior Championship and tied for 17th at the 2010 Dogwood State Junior.