May 16, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston carded four birdies on the back nine of his opening round on Thursday to stand tied for 30th after 18 holes at the NCAA Men's Golf Tallahassee regional at the par-72, 6,965-yard Golden Eagle Golf Club.
Poston will again be paired with a golfer from the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion, Loyola-Maryland squad, in Jon Ross (t-60th) and Augusta State individual, Alex Wennstam (t-30th), in Friday's second round. The three-some will tee-off in the 10:00 am pairing, beginning on the back nine on hole No. 10.
Poston bookended his first nine holes with bogies on the first and ninth holes, enduring a three-putt bogey on the final hole. He carded seven pars to make the turn at two-over. The Hickory, N.C., native pared the first two holes of his back nine before back-to-back birdies on the 135-yard, par-3 No. 12 and 405-yard, par-4 No. 13 moved him back to even for the round.
Another birdie on the 527-yard, par-5 No. 15 moved him to one-under until a bogey on No. 17 put him back at even par before birdying the 532-yard No. 18 to finish at one-under for the round. On both the 15th and 18th hole, Poston reached the green in two on both par fives.
All told, Poston recorded 11 pars in his first NCAA post-season round, recording two saves on holes No. 5 and 16 with putts of around 10 feet on both to keep momentum.
M.J. Maguire from North Florida paced the field in the opening round with a seven-under par, 65, to hold a one-stroke lead over the second-place tbetween Chase Seiffert of Florida State and Georgia Tech Anders Albertson at six-under, 66. Cheng-Tsung from Pan Washington and Abraham Ancer from Oklahoma are two strokes off the pace at five-under par, 67.
On the team side of the competition, North Florida holds a four-stroke advantage over Washington, 272-to-276. Florida State is third at 277 with Oregon, Georgia Tech and South Florida all tied for fourth at eight-under par, 280.
Fans can follow each round with live scoring through GolfStat, online at GolfStatResults.com.