March 5, 2013
Hoover, Ala. - Perched in 10th-place through 36 holes on Tuesday, Western Carolina's men's golf team fought through sporadic rain showers and weather delays to post the third-best team round over the final 18 holes, finishing tied for seventh in the final standings at the Samford Intercollegiate. The Catamounts carded a final round 297, advancing three spots on the team leader board at the par-72, 7,001-yard Hoover Country Club.
Tied for 24th entering the final 18 holes, WCU sophomore J.T. Poston advanced 10 positions over the final round with a one-over par, 73, to shoot 221. He led the Catamount side in a five-way tie for 14th.
Auburn rallied over the final 18 holes to claim the team championship, overtaking fellow SEC-foe Vanderbilt which led through 36 holes. The Tigers shot 286 in the final round while the Commodores struggled with a 302 as Auburn won by 11 strokes, 865-to-876.
Georgia Southern finished third at 880 with Winthrop (887) and tourney-host Samford (888) rounding out the top five.
Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart claimed the individual medalist honors by two strokes over a two-way tie for the runner-up spot between Samford's Drew Aimone and Dominic Bozzelli of Auburn. Stewart carded a five-under 211 to edge the second-place duo by two strokes, 213.
Only six golfers finished even-par or below out of the 94-golfer field.
Redshirt senior Kyle Wilson finished tied for 28th for WCU, slipping in the final round with a six-over, 78, to finish at 224 over the 54-hole event. Wilson, who was tied for 15th after 36 holes, carded 12 birdies in the event to stand tied for the sixth most in the tournament.
Rounding out WCU's scorers were redshirt sophomore Collin Witiak (228) in a tie for 42nd, sophomore Matthew Turner one stroke back at 229 in a tie for 45th, and senior Steven Smith an additional stroke off the pace at 230, tied for 48th in the final standings.
Western Carolina returns to action at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, hosted by USC Aiken on March 11-12 at The Palmetto Club in Aiken, S.C.