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Poston, Western Carolina Finish 10th at SoCon Championship

Junior Trey White shot his tournament-low round of 71 on Tuesday in the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship.

April 17, 2012

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Charleston, S.C. - Freshman J.T. Poston carded his second-consecutive round of two-under, 70, on Tuesday to finish among a four-way tie for 10th place, pacing Western Carolina to an identical team finish of 10th as play concluded at the 2012 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at the Ralston Creek Course on Daniel Island. Poston advanced a combined 39 positions over the second and third rounds including 12 spots in the standings on the final day.

Chattanooga, which opened the day with a nine-stroke lead over second-place Samford, carded the lowest round of the tournament on Tuesday with a seven-under par 281, to win by 19 strokes over defending champion Georgia Southern. All four of UTC's counters were under par on the day, including a three-under 69 from individual medalist Stephan Jaeger and a two-under par 70 from Steven Fox.

The Mocs' 19-stroke win is the largest by a SoCon team since East Tennessee State won by the same margin at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club in 2001.

Poston's top 10 finish is the 20th turned in by a WCU men's golfer all-time, with him becoming the 14th different Catamount to place inside the top 10 individuals at the conference championship. With his fourth top 10 of the season, Poston was also named to the SoCon All-Freshman team on Tuesday at the conclusion of the tournament.

With Western Carolina opening the final round on the back nine, Poston recorded a bogey on the par-4 10th to start out the day at one-over. However, three holes later, the Hickory, N.C., native tallied the first of three birdies over his final 17 holes to move back to even and made the turn at one-under. For the second-straight day, Poston birdied the par-4 first, closing his final round of the season with eight-straight pars in shooting his second-consecutive score of 70.

Junior Steven Smith finished tied for 36th at the 54-hole event, carding a final round 77 to finish at 13-over, 229. Sophomore Greg Bunner slipped into a tie for 43rd in the final standings, struggling through a final round 82 on Tuesday to shoot 232 for the tournament, 16-over par.

Junior Trey White saved his best for last, carding his tournament-low round on Tuesday at one-under, 71, to finish tied for 45th overall, advancing eight positions on the final ledger.

Like his teammates, White opened on the back nine and posted a pair of birdies against one bogey to make the turn at one-under. A bogey on the par-5 third moved him back to even before a birdie on the par-4 seventh - a hole he had scored par on the first two rounds - left him at one-under for his final 18 holes.

Sophomore Jack Walsh placed in 54th overall in the standings, shooting 252 over the 54-hole event.

The individual victory for UTC's Jaeger was one of historic proportions as his nine-under par total of 207 placed him 11 shots ahead of second place Brannan Hudson (+2) of Wofford and Chris Robb of Chattanooga. That margin ties for the largest in Southern Conference tournament history with conference legend and former PGA golfer Brad Faxon, who tallied an 11-shot win in 1983 while playing for Furman. Jaeger entered the day with a six-shot lead over the competition and proceeded to shoot the best round of the day and second-best of the tournament, trailing only his own 66 on Sunday.

In the team competition, Georgia Southern (880, +16) shot one-over on the day, its best round of the week, to rise one spot and finish second. The Eagles have now placed in the top two for four consecutive years.

College of Charleston (882) was at 18-over par for tournament, which was good enough for third place. The Cougars were followed by Wofford (887), Samford (889), Furman (897) and Appalachian State (897) in the fourth through sixth spots, respectively. Elon (905), Davidson (906), Western Carolina (914) and UNCG (917) completed the field.

All-Southern Conference Team
Casey Komline, Appalachian State
Richard Fountain, Davidson
John Skeadas, Davidson
Austin Reeves, Furman
Lewis Gruber, Georgia Southern
Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern
Drew Aimone, Samford
Casey O'Toole, Samford
Steven Fox, Chattanooga
Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga

All-Freshman Team
Shane Rogan, College of Charleston
Zach Hartman, Georgia Southern
Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern
Alex Ehlert, UNCG
J.T. Poston, Western Carolina

Player of the Year
Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year
Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern

Coach of the Year
Mark Guhne, Chattanooga