Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Western Carolina's men's golf team opened its 2012-13 season by shooting even-par, 288, on Sunday afternoon in the Golfweek Program Challenge being held at the par-72, 6,940-yard True Blue Plantation Course. The Catamounts finished the opening 18 holes tied for fifth in the overall standings, seven strokes off the pace.
Sophomore J.T. Poston led the game by shooting two-under par on the opening day, standing in a tie for 10th after 18 holes. Poston rallied from a double-bogey on the par-3 third hole with three-straight birdies to return to one-under through six holes where he also made the turn. Two birdies on the back nine with one bogey left him at two-under, 70, for the opening round.
Returning senior Kyle Wilson shot an even-par, 72, on Sunday afternoon. Wilson turned in two bogies with a birdie on the front nine to make the turn at one-over par before birdying the par-4 13th to return to even, tied for 19th overall. WCU senior Steven Smith and junior Greg Bunner both shot one-over, 73, with true freshman Tyler Lail shooting five-over, 77, in his first collegiate start.
James Madison posted a seven-under, 281, to hold a one-stroke lead over second-place Campbell at six-under, 282. Boston College is third at four-under, 284, with Northern Iowa (287, 4th), WCU (288, 5th-t) and Austin Peay (288, 5th-t) rounding out the top six.
Play continues Monday and Tuesday in the season-opening event.