April 14, 2014
Spartanburg, S.C. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston rallied 11 spots in the individual standings to complete day one in a three-way tie for seventh place after 36 holes in the 26th installment of the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational at the par-72, 6,648-yard Country Club of Spartanburg. In 12th place after the opening round, the Catamounts finished the day in a tie for the same position, just five strokes outside of the top 10.
The final round is scheduled for a 9:30 am shotgun start on Tuesday. Paired with golfers from Presbyterian and High Point, the Catamount scoring five will start between holes No. 14 and 17 on the back nine.
Second round play on Monday was halted for right at an hour after a band of heavy rain storms moved through the South Carolina Upstate around 5:05 pm and left conditions on the greens unplayable.
Poston, who was in an 18th-place tie overall after the completion of the first round, raced to the top of the individual leader board early in Monday's first round, scoring birdie on three of his first six holes on the latter two-thirds of the front nine. The Hickory, N.C., product finished his first round with three bogies and two birdies for a two-under par, 70.
A bogey on the first hole of his second round left Poston at one-over par, where he stayed through the first seven holes. He finished the day by scoring birdie-or-better on four of the last 11 including three birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 508-yard 15th. He is in the clubhouse with a two-round score of 138, just five strokes off the pace.
All told, Poston finished with 23 pars, eight birdies and the eagle. He also ranked tied for third in par-4 scoring at three-under (3.85).
Sophomore Tyler Lail carded rounds of three-over par, 75, and one-under, 71, to sit in a tie for 44th overall at 146. The Conover, N.C., native had four bogies with just one birdie in the opening round before countering four bogies with five birdies in round two for just his second round under-par this season.
Redshirt junior Collin Witiak carded an eagle in the final hole of his first round to shoot one-under par, 71, over the opening 18. His score had hovered between even and one-over most of the morning before the eagle on the 494-yard par-5. The Columbia, S.C., native struggled through the start of his second round, opening with a double-bogey on No. 6 and following with five bogies over his next 12 holes. At seven-over for the round with five holes to play, he rallied to chart birdies on three of the last five holes to shoot five-over, 77, entering the final round in a tie for 53rd at 148.
Witiak was best on the par-5 holes on Monday, shooting six-under (4.25) on the longest holes.
Junior Matthew Turner carded consecutive rounds of 76 for a first-day total of 152 to stand tied for 78th while freshman Nont Panayanggool posted rounds of 78 and 80, 158 in 83rd overall. Turner had three birdies in the second round with an eagle in the first, while Panayanggool had two birdies on Monday.
In second place after the first round, just a stroke off the pace, Elon leads the 15-team field by 11 strokes after establishing an event-record 36 hole score. The Phoenix carded a two-round total of 546 including a tournament-record low round of 272 in the second 18 holes, edging the previous benchmark that was set earlier in the day by first-round leader and current second-place squad, Lamar (273-284=557).
Host Wofford is third at 558, followed by a two-way tie between Gardner-Webb and No. 50 TCU for fourth at 565 to round out the top five squads.
Elon's John Somers holds a three-stroke lead over teammate Troy Beaver and Lamar's Zander Gous in a tie for the runner-up spot. Somers shot consecutive rounds in the 60s at 65 and 68 for 133 with Beaver and Gous at 136.