Feb. 19, 2013
Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Entering the final round atop the individual leader board, Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston came home tied for the runner-up spot, two strokes in arrears of the tournament individual medalist at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate held at the par-72, 6,828-yard Wexford Plantation course. WCU advanced three positions in the final standings to stand tied with Elon in 13th-place with a three-round score of 925.
Despite light rain on Tuesday, the 18-team field was able to complete Monday's suspended second round - five holes for each squad - and then the final 18 holes.
Poston backed up his opening round two-under par 70 with a one-under, 71, as teams completed the final five holes of the second round on Tuesday morning before playing the final 18. The Hickory, N.C., held a one-stroke lead over eventual champion Trey Valentine, 141-to-142, after 36 holes. Poston shot one-over par 73 over the final round, placing tied with GSU's Scott Wolfes at 214.
Poston finished tied for second with 13 birdies, while also ranking tied for fifth at four-under on the par-5 holes. He matched his career-best finish from the fall season, tallying his second runner-up finish.
Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern jumped up one spot in each of the two rounds completed on Tuesday to take home team championship honors. The Eagles were third after the first 18 holes at 296, but advanced to second with a second round 290 before taking the top spot from tournament host, Francis Marion, with a final round 293 for a 54-holes core of 879 - eight strokes ahead of the Patriots at 887. Richmond, which led GSU by three strokes after the second round, stumbled in the final round with a 305 to finish tied for third overall with South Florida, one stroke behind FMU at 888.
Fellow conference members Samford (897) and Davidson (899) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, while Elon was tied with the Catamounts in 13th at 925.
Following Poston, senior Steven Smith finished in a two-way tie for 33rd at 228. The Kirknewton, Scotland, native sandwiched tournament rounds of 78 around an even-par 72 in round two. Redshirt senior Kyle Wilson finished tied for 77th overall with a three-round score of 242 (88-78-76), while Jack Walsh slipped into a tie for 80th overall at 243 (79-78-86). Rounding out WCU's side was freshman Tyler Lail (90th, 86-81-91=258).
Western Carolina returns to action in early March, traveling to the Hoover Country Club in Hoover, Ala., for the Samford Intercollegiate. The Catamounts finished fifth at the tournament a season ago.