May 17, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - Western Carolina individual competitor J.T. Poston carded rounds of four-over par, 75, and even-par, 71, to sit in a tie for 42nd overall at the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Raleigh Regional being held at the par-71, 7,213-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Course and hosted by North Carolina State.
The third and final round gets under way at 7:50 am on Saturday. Paired with Emanuel Petrich of Bethune-Cookman and individual Franco Castro from Charlotte, WCU's Poston opens his final round on Saturday morning at 9:30 am on the back nine.
Resuming his opening round on the par-5 11th on Friday morning, Poston remained at even par through the 15th hole. He then scored double-bogey on the par-4 16th followed by consecutive bogies to card the four-over par, 75, to sit in a tie for 55th overall. The second round for the Hickory, N.C., native was up-and-down as the third-year striker countered three bogies and a double-bogey with five birdies to shoot even-par, 71.
Even-par through the first two holes of the second round, Poston ran into his first trouble on the par-4 third, double bogeying the hole to move to two-over. He countered with birdies on two of his next three sandwiched around a bogey, and followed with three-straight pars to make the turn at one-over. A second bogey on the par-5 11th left Poston at two-over par until birdying three of the next five holes lowered his score to one-under par with holes to play.
Poston, who is playing in his second NCAA post-season event as an individual, moved back to even-par for the second round after charting bogey on the par-4 18th for a second-consecutive round. He is tied with nine other golfers including Davidson individual, Richard Fountain.
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans leads the individual field at a combined eight-under par, shooting rounds of 66 and 68 to lead a three-way tie for the runner-up spot between teammate Bo Andrews, Kentucky's Stephen Powers and Jonathan Sanders of Washington at seven-under par, 135.
The fifth-ranked Yellow Jackets pace the 13-team field at a combined 28-under par, 540, with eighth-ranked Washington 12-under par, 556, in second place. No. 32 Kentucky is third at eight-under par, 560, with No. 20 Texas A&M (565) and No. 17 Florida State (567) rounding out the top five teams.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The finals will be conducted May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., with Wichita State acting as the host institution.