March 11, 2014
Opelika, Ala. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston is tied for third overall in the 81-golfer field after 36 holes at the Tiger Invitational at the par-72, 7,149-yard Grand National Lake Course. Western Carolina carded team rounds of 307 and 310 to sit in 12th place overall with a two-round score of 617.
The third and final round is scheduled for an 8:45 am ET / 7:45 am CT start. Fans can follow all of the action with live scoring on GolfStatResults.
Ranked seventh in the most recent GolfStat rankings, Poston opened his day with the second-lowest round by an individual, shooting six-under par, 66. Opening on the par-3 eighth, Poston carded 12 pars and six birdies for his six-under round to begin the tournament. The second round for the Hickory, N.C., product was a little more hectic, countering four bogies with a trio of birdies and 11 pars for a one-over, 73. He enters the final round just four strokes off the individual lead.
Behind Poston, WCU had two golfers - freshman Nont Panayanggool and redshirt junior Collin Witiak - tied for 64th overall with two-round scores of 160. Both Panayanggool (81 & 79) and Witiak (81& 79) carded five birdies in the first two rounds on Monday.
Sophomore Tyler Lail is tied for 74th overall at 163 (84 & 79) with junior Matthew Turner rounding out WCU's scoring five in 77th overall (79 & 85). Lail charted three birdies in his second round while Turner had four birdies between his two rounds on Monday.
Tournament-host, No. 28 Auburn, leads the field by 10 strokes over second-place No. 42 Kennesaw State. The Tigers shot 564 with rounds of 277 and 287 while the Owls are in the clubhouse with a two-round score of 574. No. 38 Memphis is in third place, 11 strokes behind KSU at 585 with Mississippi State (586) in fourth, three strokes ahead of the two-way tie between Troy and Auburn's "B" team at 589.
Auburn's Niclas Carlsson holds a one-stroke lead over Jacksonville State's Tomasz Anderson thanks to a 7-under, 65, during Monday's first round. He followed that up with a 2-under, 70, in the second round. He carded 10 birdies and one eagle on the day.