April 16, 2013
Spartanburg, S.C. - In its final tune-up before the 2013 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship next week, the Western Carolina men's golf team finished 13th as play concluded today at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational at the par-72, 6,648-yard Country Club of Spartanburg. WCU carded a final round of 305 to slip out of its two-way tie for 10th over the final 18 holes, shooting 889 for the event.
The Catamounts were led by sophomore J.T. Poston who finished tied for 20th overall at 218, slipping in the standings after a closing round four-over par, 76, on the final day. Poston entered the final round at two-under for the tournament, finishing tied with eight others in 20th. Poston finished among the leaders in par-5 scoring at eight-under, 4.33.
Redshirt sophomore Collin Witiak came home in a tie for 50th, shooting 224 over the 54-hole event including an 80 in Tuesday's final round. The Columbia, S.C., native posted his career-low round of 68 in Monday's second round at the event. Junior Jack Walsh finish tied for 62nd, shooting 79 in the final round for a two-day total of 226. Walsh ranked among the tourney leaders in par-3 scoring at even-par, 3.00.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five was junior Greg Bunner with a team-low, two-over par 74, on Monday for a 227 tournament score that was good enough for 66th overall and senior Steven Smith who finished tied for 68th at 229 (75-78-76).
Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Matthew Turner came home tied for 75th, shooting 80 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 231.
Second after 36 holes, East Tennessee State shot 10-strokes better than second-round leader - and tournament host, Wofford - on Tuesday to rally to the team title by two strokes over the Terriers, 853-to-855. Radford was nine strokes off the pace at 861 in third followed by a two-way tie for fifth between SoCon foes Elon and Appalachian State at two-under par, 862.
A fourth SoCon school finished just ahead of WCU as Furman shot 304 on Monday for a three-round total of 886, three strokes ahead of the Catamounts.
Individually, Appalachian State's Caleb Keck took home medalist honors, edging Charles Moore from Wofford by a stroke, 209-to-210. Keck followed up his rounds of 67 and 70 with a final round, even-par 72 to win. Winthrop's Kamito Hirai and Rhys Pugh from ETSU were tied for third, two strokes in arrears at 211.
Western Carolina now turns its attention to the 2013 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship which will be contested April 21-23 at the Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club on Daniel Island, S.C., just outside of Charleston. The Catamounts look to improve upon last year's 10th-place finish overall. Poston led WCU by finishing in a four-way tie for 10th place individually as a freshman, overcoming an opening-round 80 with back-to-back scores of two-under 70.