Sep 8, 2013
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston carded a career-low tying round of six-under par, 66, on Sunday to pace the 60-golfer field at the season-opening Golfweek Program Challenge at the par 72, 6,940-yard True Blue Golf Club. As a team, the Catamounts stand in sixth-place with an opening round score of 290, 10 strokes off the lead but just four outside of the top five.
Coupled with the WCU women's team score of 293, Western Carolina stands tied for second in the Program Challenge portion of the event with a combined score of 583, knotted with Jacksonville State. James Madison holds a collective five-stroke advantage with scores of 280 and 298 for a 578.
Paired with golfers from Jacksonville State and IUPUI, the Catamount men are scheduled to tee-off on the front nine beginning at 7:30 am on Tuesday, with Poston teeing off last for WCU at 8:06 am. Fans can follow with live scoring through GolfStatResults.com.
Opening on the back nine, Poston hit every green in regulation - and missed just one fairway - en route to carding a bogey-free round on Sunday to start the tournament strong for the Purple & Gold. The Hickory, N.C., native birdied the par-4 13th to make the turn at one-under par. On the front nine, Poston carded birdies on five of the nine holes to shoot 66, holding a one-stroke advantage over a three-way tie for second.
Sophomore Tyler Lail stands tied for 29th after the first round with a two-over par, 74. Lail birdied three of his first eight holes on the day before a double-bogey on the par-4 18th to make the turn at one-under. Back-to-back double bogies on the third and fourth holes on the front nine moved the Conover, N.C., product to three-over for the round before he closed with a fourth birdie on the par-4 eighth hole to finish his round at two-over par.
Senior Greg Bunner and redshirt junior Collin Witiak are tied for 36th after 18 holes with a three-over par, 75, while junior Matthew Turner rounds out the Catamount side with a five-over par, 77, tied for 49th overall. Witiak countered four holes of bogey-or-worse with three birdies while Bunner carded a pair of birdies to stand at even-par through 12 holes before three bogies over his final six holes. Turner likewise had two birdies on Sunday.
James Madison has three golfers inside the individual top 10 to lead the 12-team field with an opening round, 280. Northern Iowa is four strokes in arrears at 284 followed by a two-way tie for third between Akron and IUPUI a stroke back at 285. Jacksonville State rounds out the top five at 286.
Play continues Monday and Tuesday in the season-opening event with live scoring available online through GolfStatResults.com.