March 4, 2014
Hoover, Ala. - Hampered by a tough second round which was split over two days, Western Carolina's men's golf team finished 12th at the spring season-opening Samford Intercollegiate, held at the par-72, 7,001-yard Hoover Country Club. Catamount junior J.T. Poston led the squad with his sixth top 10 finish of the year, placing eighth overall.
Conditions on Tuesday improved over Monday's blustery setting as temperatures continued to range in the mid-to-upper 30s, but the course was void of the blistering wind that burdened the golfers over the first 27 holes.
Poston's eighth-place finish is the 17th top 10 of his collegiate career, but snaps a string of five-consecutive top five finishes this year. After carding an opening round even-par, 72, to sit in third place, the Hickory, N.C., native carded a six-over par, 78, in his second round to drop into a tie for seventh. Poston came home with a one-over par, 73, to shoot seven-over for the tournament, eighth in the running.
Poston finished with 10 birdies, tied for the sixth-most at the event.
Junior Matthew Turner advanced six positions in his final round, placing in a tie for 49th overall at 238 after shooting his best round of three-over par, 75, on Tuesday. Turner carded a team-high 34 par scores to rank tied for seventh at the tournament. Freshman Nont Panayanggool slipped from a tie for 37th into a final finishing order of tied for 53rd after a final round 79. Panayanggool shot 239 for the two day event.
Transfer Braydon Obremski rebounded from his opening round battle to shoot consecutive rounds of 79, advancing into a tie for 80th (248) at the end of play, while freshman Evan Smith slipped to 84th in the field with a three-round score of 253.
WCU was in a four-way tie for ninth place after 36 holes were recorded, deadlocked with Eastern Kentucky, Francis Marion and Western Kentucky at 631.
UAB entered the second round of competition with a 16-stroke advantage over South Alabama. However, the Jaguars rallied back to win the tournament team title by two strokes over the Blazers, 891-to-893. Campbell finished third at 906 with Belmont (912) and Jacksonville State (913) rounded out the top five.
Individually, UAB's Paul Dunne carded a brilliant three-round score of even-par 216 and garnered individual medalist honors of the two-day event. Dunne built on his two-stroke lead after 36 holes and out-paced teammate Thomas Sutton and South Alabama's Lane Hulse by five strokes.
Western Carolina returns to Alabama in one week for the Tiger Invitational, hosted by Auburn University at Grand National in Opelika, Ala.