March 17, 2012
Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina trimmed five strokes off its opening round to shoot 292 in Saturday's second round to stand in 16th-place entering the final 18 holes at the 43rd annual Furman Intercollegiate, just six strokes outside of the top 10. Three Catamounts stand tied for 41st overall after 36 of the 54 holes at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
Paired with golfers from Michigan and Presbyterian College, WCU hits the links for the final 18 holes on Sunday morning at 8:00 am with the last of the Catamounts' scoring five going off of the front nine at 8:40 am. Live scoring for the event is available online through GolfStatResults.com.
Freshman J.T. Poston trimmed four strokes off his opening round 75 to shoot one-under 71 on Saturday to move into a tie for 41st. Poston opened on the back nine with three-straight bogies before carding a birdie on the par-5 No. 15, making the turn at two-over par. On the front nine, the Hickory, N.C., native shot three-under with three birdies to finish the round at one-under par.
Poston is tied with teammates Jack Walsh and Steven Smith at 146 over the first 36 holes. Walsh shot three-over, 75, for the day, making the turn from the back at three-over and playing the front even. Smith matched Poston's one-under, 71, countering three bogies with four birdies including two on both the front and back nine.
Rounding out WCU's five scorers are sophomore Greg Bunner and junior Trey White, tied for 80th overall at 152. Bunner matched his opening round four-over, 76, while White took two strokes off his first round 77 to shoot 75 on Saturday.
Clemson posted a 12-under par, 276, collectively as a team on Saturday to advance from fifth place to the team lead after two rounds. The Tigers have a six-stroke advantage over fellow ACC foe, Virginia Tech which is stands in second at 572. Georgia State (E, 576) is third followed by Coastal Carolina (+1, 577)and Wofford College (+2, 578) to round out the top five.
Michigan's Matt Thompson moved from a tie for second into the individual lead, following-up his opening round 68 with a five-under, 67, on Saturday to lead by a stroke with a nine-under, 135. Coastal Carolina's Sebastian Soderberg posted consecutive rounds of 68, in second place at eight-under, 136.