Men's Golf Finishes 18th, Poston Tied for 15th

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Jack Walsh advanced 17 spots in the final round for Western Carolina.
Jack Walsh advanced 17 spots in the final round for Western Carolina.

March 28, 2012

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Williamsburg, Va. - Led by freshman J.T. Poston's 15th-place finish, Western Carolina recorded an 18th-place finish Tuesday afternoon at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate held at the par-71, River Course at the Kingsmill Resort. Poston advanced one position in the final standings, leading the squad with a two-over, 73, on the final 18 holes.

Squads battled through clear and crisp weather conditions on the course Tuesday with winds slightly calmer than the previous days. However, the wind did blow in off the water, creating a vast temperature difference as the day wore along.

Missouri (870) led all three rounds to claim the team championship by two strokes over the second-place tie between UNC Greensboro and Old Dominion at 872. Francis Marion was third, 10 strokes off the pace at 880 with Radford rounding out the top five, two strokes in arrears at 882.

Winthrop's Kamito Hirai shot a two-under, 69, to rally from fourth place to claim individual medalist honors. Hirai bested Jace Long of Missouri and Francis Marion's Sebastian Backlund by two strokes. Emilio Cuartero, who was tied with teammate, Long, after 36 holes, was relegated to fourth after shooting a four-over 75 on Tuesday.

Both Missouri's 870 and Hirai's three-day total of 211 were tournament records.

Teeing off on the back nine, Poston made the turn at two-over par after three bogies countered with one birdie on Tuesday. The Hickory, N.C., native finished his tournament with 11-consecutive par scores, shooting two-over 73 for a three-day total of 219 - the third-lowest of the freshman's first collegiate season. Poston's 15th-place finish marks his fifth this season of 15th-place or better.

Poston finished the event with a team-leading nine birdies.

Junior Steven Smith advanced 10 spots in the final standings to finish tied for 43rd after shooting three-over, 74, on Tuesday to card 225 over the 54-hole event. He improved upon his WCU career-best three-round tournament score by a single stroke.

Sophomore Jack Walsh also improved upon his final standing, moving from a tie for 93rd into a tie for 76th over the final round after posting a four-over, 75. He countered six bogies with a pair of birdies, one-a-side on Tuesday. All told, Walsh shot 230 over the three days and was tied with classmate Greg Bunner who fired a 79 on the final round to finish at 230 as well.

Rounding out Western Carolina's scoring five was freshman Michael Turner who shot 250 over the three-day event.

Western Carolina now turns its focus to the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship, scheduled for April 15-17 at the Ralston Creek Course on Daniel Island, just outside of Charleston, S.C.



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