May 17, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - Opening on the back nine, Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston had an up-and-down round on Friday, carding five birdies against three bogies and one double to shoot even-par, 72, to slip into a tie for 32nd overall at the NCAA Men's Golf Tallahassee Regional.
Poston has a two-day total of one-under par, 143, to ranks sixth out of the 10 individuals at the par-72, 6,965-yard Golden Eagle Country Club. It is the second-best, two-day performance for a Catamount men's golfer at a NCAA regional tournament, just behind Cook's 2008 showing of nine-under par, 135, through 36 holes.
Paired with Keegan Boone from Loyola-Maryland and Mercer's Hans Reimers, Poston is scheduled to tee-off in his final round on the back nine at 9:30 am.
With birdies on two of his first four holes on Friday morning, Poston jumped to two-under par heading to his fourth hole. However, a double-bogey on the par-4, 447-yard No. 14 put him back at even where he remained until a birdie on the 18th allowed him to make the turn at one-under par.
Poston birdied the first hole of his second nine - a hole he bogeyed in the opening round - to move back to two-under par. However, consecutive bogies on the par-4 No. 2 and par-3 No. 3 left him even par with six holes to play. The Hickory, N.C., product birdied the par-5, 539-yard fourth and scored bogey on the par-3 seventh to finish one-over on the front nine and even-par for the round.
Among the other individuals Poston is competing against, Richmond's Daniel Walker has consecutive rounds of 68 and 67 to stand tied for fourth overall at 135, while Richard Fountain (t-13th) of Davidson is second among the individuals at 139.
First-round leader, M.J. Maguire of North Florida, continues to pace the field, following up his opening-round, seven-under par 65 with a four-under par 68 on Friday to shoot 133. He is one-stroke ahead of the two-way tie between Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington and Florida State's Chase Seiffert at 134.
Behind Maguire's strong start, North Florida leads the field with a two-day total of 549, two strokes ahead of second place, Washington, 549-to-551. Florida State is third, four-strokes off the pace at 553 with Oregon (562) in fourth followed by a tie between Georgia Tech and South Florida for fifth at 564.
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