March 12, 2013
Aiken, S.C. - Western Carolina put two golfers inside the top 30 of the individual standings to finish 14th as a team after a final round 310 dropped the squad to 904 over the two days at the 16th annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate held a the 6,617-yard, par-70 Palmetto Golf Club.
Sophomore J.T. Poston and senior Steven Smith paced the Catamounts, both shooting 222 over the three-round tournament to finish amidst a five-way tie for 27th-place. Smith led the squad on the final day, shooting a four-over par 74 to advance 11 positions from his starting position after 36 holes. The Kirknewton, Scotland, native carded rounds of 72 and 76 on Monday before his four-over in the final round. Poston shot 77 on Tuesday, following up his rounds of 72 and 73.
Senior Kyle Wilson finished tied for 65th overall at 231 (78-74-79), shooting nine-over 79 in the final round with freshman Tyler Lail coming home tied for 70th with rounds of 74, 75 and 83 for a two-day total of 232. Sophomore Matthew Turner rounded out WCU's finishers in 90th, finishing with rounds of 80, 83 and 80 for a total of 243.
As a team, WCU recorded 137 par scores with 29 birdies over the 54-hole event. Turner carded an Eagle, one of just 15 golfers in the 90 golfer field to do so.
Augusta State rallied from a two-way tie for third through 36 holes to claim the team championship by seven strokes over second round leader, South Carolina, 856-to-863. ACC-foes North Carolina State and Clemson finished tied for third with matching scores of 864 with Liberty rounding out the top five teams at 868.
Other notable finishes included host USC-Aiken in eighth place at 880, followed by with Southern Conference squads Elon in ninth at 892, Furman (12th-t, 900) and Wofford (17th, 915).
Matt Atkins of host USCA posted an even-par 70 over the final round to advance one position in the final standings, claiming individual medalist honors with a four-under par, 206. Atkins finished just ahead of Virginia's Mac McLaughlin in the runner-up spot at two-under, 208, with Maverick Antcliff of Augusta State and South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith tied for third at one-under par, 209.
Western Carolina returns to the links on March 22-24 at the Furman Intercollegiate, hosted by the Paladins a the Furman University Golf Course located just off their Greenville, S.C., campus. The Catamounts look to improve upon a 20th-place finish at the same event a season ago, shooting 904 as a team over the three-day, 54-hole event.