March 12, 2014
Opelika, Ala. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston carded a final round even-par, 72, on Tuesday, finishing tied for fifth in the 81-golfer field at the highly competitive Tiger Invitational held at the par-72, 7,149-yard Grand National Lake Course. Behind Poston's showing, the Catamounts finished 12th collectively as a team.
Starting on the back nine, Poston overcame a sluggish start, charting two bogies and one double-bogey through his first six holes to stand at three-over for the round with 12 holes to play. He finished with three birdies and nine pars to for his even round. Poston finished with rounds of six-under, 66, one-over, 73, and even-par, 72.
Sophomore Tyler Lail turned his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, shooting six-over par, 78, to move into a tie with freshman teammate, Nont Panayanggool, for 70th overall at 241. Redshirt junior Collin Witiak finished 73rd overall at 243, just ahead of junior Matthew Turner in a tie for 74th overall at 244.
Tournament host, No. 28 Auburn, claimed the team championship by 19 strokes over the runner-up, No. 42 Kennesaw State. The Tigers finished at 22-under par, 842, with the Owls shooting three-under, 861. Mississippi State finished third at 873 with No. 38 Memphis (875) and Auburn's "B" team (879) rounding out the top five.
Jacksonville State's Tomasz Anderson edged Mississippi State's Chad Ramey by a stroke to claim the individual medalist honors. Anderson carded rounds of 67, 69 and 70 for a 206 while Ramey shot 68, 71 and 68 for a 207.
Western Carolina returns to action March 28-30 at the Furman Intercollegiate held at the on-campus Furman University Golf Course. Led by Poston with a fourth-place showing a season ago, the Catamounts finished sixth in last year's event.