March 30, 2014
Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston fired a second-round, even-par 72 on Saturday to slip into a four-way tie for fourth place at the 45th-annual Furman Intercollegiate. The Catamounts (586) slid into eighth place in the overall standings with 18 holes remaining at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course.
Poston carded 12 pars on Saturday, playing as low as three-under par on the front nine in his second round. After a bogey on the first hole, the Hickory, N.C., native eagled the par-5 No. 2 to move to one-under par. Birdies on the sixth and eighth holes, countered by a second bogey, left him a two-under at the turn.
A costly double-bogey on the par-4 10th - a hole he birdied in the opening round - left Poston back at even where he remained, finishing the day with eight-straight pars to shoot 72. Poston is four-under for the tournament at 140, five strokes off the tournament individual lead.
For the Catamounts behind Poston, junior Matthew Turner is tied for 40th after rounds of one-over, 73, and three-over, 75. Turner carded two birdies and an eagle to counter seven bogies. With three back-nine birdies, freshman Evan Smith slipped into a tie for 52nd after shooting five-over, 77, on Saturday for a two-day total of 150.
Redshirt junior Collin Witiak was six strokes better on Saturday, following-up his first round 79 with a one-over par, 73, for a total of 152.Witiak had a rather quiet round, countering three bogies - including back-to-back one-over scores on the back nine - with a pair of birdies. Junior transfer Braydon Obremski rounded out the scoring five, 90th with a 36-hole score of 154 (75-79).
Playing unattached, freshman Nont Panayanggool trimmed six strokes off his second round to shoot five-over par, 77, for a two-day total of 160 to stand 104th overall with 18 holes to play.
First-round leader Trevor Cone (135) from Virginia Tech leads by a stroke over J.J. Grey (136) from Georgia State. Austin Vick from Kennesaw State is third, three strokes off the pace with Poston a part of a four-way tie for fourth place.
Georgia State rallied from its second-place tie on Friday to match first-round leader, Virginia Tech, at eight-under par to stand atop the team leaderboard at 568, pacing the 18-team field. Kennesaw State is two strokes in arrears at 570 for third place with USC Upstate (578) and Akron (579) rounding out the top five squads.
Paired with golfers from Southern Conference foes Elon and Wofford, the Catamount scoring five will tee off on the back nine for Sunday's final round beginning at 11:00 am. Individual competitor, Panayanggool, will follow after Poston at 11:50 am on the 10th.
Fans can follow the final round with live scoring through GolfStatResults.com.