May 18, 2013
Tallahassee, Fla. - Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston fired a final round, four-over par 76 on Saturday, finishing his first-ever trip to a NCAA Men's Golf Regional tied for 38th overall as the Tallahassee regional concluded at the par-72, 6,965-yard Golden Eagle Country Club.
Two birdies among his first six holes left the Hickory, N.C., product at two-under par a third of the way through his final round in Florida. However, he carded three-straight bogies on his final three holes before the turn relegated him to one-over par heading to the front nine. Poston finished his final round with six pars but three bogies to shoot four-over, 76.
Poston's 38th-place finish is the third-best showing by a Catamount men's golfer at a NCAA regional tournament in program history while his three-round score of three-over par, 219, represents the second-best Catamount score all-time. Matt Cook finished tied for 14th (2008) and 20th (2007) overall with Cook's eight-under par, 208, in the 2008 NCAA East Regional.
Turning in rounds of one-under par, 71, on Thursday and even-par, 72, on Friday, Poston finished sixth among the 10 individual competitors granted at-large berths into the regional.
Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan - ranked fifth in the nation according to GolfStat - turned in three-consecutive rounds of five-under par, 67, to claim individual medalist honors with a 15-under, 201. The leader through the first two rounds, M.J. Maguire of North Florida shot one-under 71 for a three-day total of 204 to finish tied for the runner-up spot with Florida State's Chase Seiffert.
North Florida took the top honors to pace five teams advancing to the NCAA National Championship, shooting seven-under, 830, to edge second-place Washington (833) by three strokes. ACC-foes Florida State (836) and Georgia Tech (849) finished third and fourth, respectively, with Oklahoma and South Florida tying for the final cut-off spot in fifth at 854. The Sooners claimed the final transfer spot, defeating USF in tiebreaker on 18th hole. Oklahoma had a combined score of 17 while USF had a 20.
Daniel Walker of Richmond is the one individual who advances to the NCAA Championships along with five team qualifiers out of the Tallahassee regional.