March 23, 2013
Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina has a pair of golfers inside the individual top five after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes to stand third overall in the team standings at the 44th annual Furman Intercollegiate which is being held at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club. Sophomore J.T. Poston slipped to third while senior teammate Steven Smith is in fourth place entering Sunday's final round to pace the Catamounts.
WCU's scoring four on Saturday all posted rounds of three-over par or better with Smith matching his career-low round of three-under, 69, as the Catamounts shot 289 for a two-day total of 576.
Paired with golfers from Virginia Tech and North Florida, WCU is among the final pairings off the first tee with the Catamounts' first golfer going off at 1:10 pm in Sunday's final round.
Poston carded four birdies against two bogies on his Saturday round to shoot two-under, 70, for a two-day total of six-under par, 138. The Hickory, N.C., native made the turn off the front nine at even-par, scoring par on seven holes after an opening bogey on the par-4 No. 1 and a birdie on the par-5 sixth. Poston charted three birdies on his back nine with one bogey to finish his day at two-under.
Smith advanced three spots in the individual standings with a three-under par, 69, carding four birdies against three bogies with an Eagle on the par-5, 483-yard sixth hole. The Kirknewton, Scotland, native flirted with his career-low round most of the afternoon at four-under par, but a bogey on the par-4 18th left him at 69, matching his previous career-best round recorded earlier this season at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
Smith (-7, 4.13) and Poston (-6, 4.25) rank atop the individual leader board in par-5 scoring while Smith leads in par-3 scoring (-3, 2.63). The duo rank tied for third with 10 birdies through the first 36 holes.
Junior Jack Walsh slipped into a tie for 51st for WCU, shooting five-over 77 on Saturday for a two-day total of 150. A product of Lawrenceville, Ga., Walsh overcame a three-over start with a bogey on the first and double-bogey on hole No. 2 on Saturday, making the turn at even-par with a trio of birdies. Walsh moved to one-under par just three holes into his back nine, but two bogies and a pair of doubles among his final six holes left him at five-over on the back and for the second round.
Senior Kyle Wilson and junior Greg Bunner both trimmed strokes off their opening rounds, shooting three-over par 75 on Saturday. Wilson countered five bogies with two bogies, making the turn at one-over par before playing the back nine at two-over for a two day total of seven-over, 151, to stand tied for 59th. Bunner was three strokes better in the second round, also posting two birdies against five bogies for his three-over par score.
Bunner advanced five spots in the standings to enter Sunday's final round tied for 77th overall.
First-round leader Virginia Tech continues to pace the 21-team field, leading second-place North Florida by four strokes, 566-to-570. The Catamounts are third at 576, three strokes ahead of fourth-place Troy at 579. Winthrop and Iowa State are tied for the fifth position at 582 through two rounds.
Other team notables include Southern Conference foes Chattanooga in eighth at 584 just ahead of Samford in ninth at 586. Wofford is tied for 15th at 6-2 while league-member and tournament host Furman (603) is in 17th-place.
In the individual standings, first-round co-leader Trevor Cone now shares the lead with Iowa State's Scott Fernandez at seven-under, 137, just one stroke ahead of Poston in third and Smith in fourth, two strokes in arrears.
The final round is scheduled for 8:00 am tee times on Sunday. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.