March 30, 2014
Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina struggled through its final round on Sunday, carding a team 317 collectively to slip into a tie for 14th overall in the final standings as the 45th Annual Furman Intercollegiate wrapped-up at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course. WCU finished with a three-day total of 903, just five strokes outside of the final top 10.
The Catamounts were led by junior J.T. Poston, who just missed finishing inside the top 10 after shooting a three-round score of one-over par, 217, to place in a three-way tie for 11th.
Poston battled through his final round on Sunday, countering two double bogies and four bogies with three birdies to shoot five-over par, 77 - just his fifth round over par among the 24 turned in so far this season. Opening on the back nine, the Hickory, N.C., native birdied two of his first six holes to stand at two-under par. He closed with a bogey on the par-4 17th to make the turn at one-under before birdying the par-5 second hole to again move to two-under for the round with seven holes to play.
Poston struggled through the finish, though, with two double bogies and three bogies including back-to-back scores of one-over to shoot six-over par on the front, plus-five for the day.
Junior Matthew Turner came home in a tie for 65th overall at 12-over par, 228, charting one birdie in his final round against eight holes of bogey or worse. Redshirt junior Collin Witiak was tied for 72nd overall at 229, shooting 77 on Sunday. An opening-hole triple bogey set the tone for Witiak who was five-over through his first three holes. He rallied, though, countering two bogies with a pair of birdies to play the final 15 holes even.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Nont Panayanggool matched his second round score of 77 on Sunday, finishing tied for 95th overall with a three-round score of 237 - his best 54-hole score of the spring semester.
Tied after the second round, Georgia State and Virginia Tech shared the top team honors with matching scores of nine-under par, 855, atop the leader board. Kennesaw State was third with a two-under par, 862, with Akron (875) and Elon (881) rounding out the top five.
Virginia Tech's Trevor Cone held a piece of the lead in all three rounds, claiming individual medalist honors with a score of 11-under par, 205. Cone held off Georgia State teammates, J.J. Grey and Davin White, who finished second and third respectively. Grey shot 10-under, 206, while White was third with a five-under par score of 211.
In its final tune-up before the 2014 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship, Western Carolina returns to action April 14-15 at the Wofford Invitational, hosted at the Country Club of Spartanburg. The Catamounts look to build upon their 13th-place team finish from a season ago with Poston leading the way with a 20th-place finish.