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Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Western Carolina slipped into a two-way tie for eighth place following the completion of Monday's second round at the season-opening Golfweek Program Challenge being held at the par-72, 6,940-yard True Blue Plantation Course. The Catamounts shot 293 as a team to be in the clubhouse at five-under par, 581, through 36 of the 54 holes, knotted with Boston College and just nine strokes off the pace.
WCU continues to be led by sophomore J.T. Poston, who shot even-par, 72, on Monday to stand in a four-way tie for 10th place at two-under, 142. Poston turned at one-over after bogeying his first hole of the day, and slipped to two-over with a bogey on the par-3, No. 11. However, the Hickory, N.C., closed his round with birdies on two of the final seven holes to finish even.
Redshirt senior Kyle Wilson and junior Greg Bunner are both amidst a four-way tie for 24th place with identical scores of 146. Bunner fired a one-over, 73, on Monday while Wilson was a stroke off at two-over, 74. Bunner, from Gastonia, N.C., made the turn at three-over after a trio of bogies on the front nine. He finished, however, with a pair of birdies to shoot one-over par for the day. In the first two rounds, Bunner has played the back nine at two-under par.
Wilson countered five bogies in his second round with three birdies to close the day at two-over.
Senior Steven Smith was poised to finish his round at one-over par before a triple-bogey on the par-4 18th relegated him to four-over for the day and five-over, 149, for the tournament, tied for 38th. Rounding out the Catamount side is true freshman Tyler Lail who trimmed three strokes off his opening round to shoot two-over, 74, on Monday. Lail is in 46th-place overall at 151 through the first 36 holes of his collegiate career.
Starting the day in second place after the opening round, Campbell advanced to the top of the leader board to pace the 12-team field on the men's side with a two-day total of 572, just two strokes ahead of Jacksonville State (574) in the runner-up position. Campbell has three golfers among the top 16 individuals. First-round leader, James Madison, is in third place, a combined four strokes in arrears with Troy (577) and Central Arkansas (578) rounding out the top five.
Trey Smith of JMU has posted rounds of 68 and 67 to lead the 60-golfer field by two strokes over Campbell's Grant Houser - both of which were tied for third after the opening 18 holes. First-round leader, Kyle Driscoll of Northern Iowa, slipped into a two-way tie for eighth place.
The overall program challenge winner will be decided by combining the men's and women's scores with the lowest total claiming the event title. Defending event champion, Campbell, enters the final round with a commanding 34 stroke advantage over runner-up, Central Arkansas. WCU is currently in sixth place in the 12-school field.
The final round of the Golfweek Program Challenge gets underway at 7:30 am with set tee times on both the front and back nine. Paired with UMKC and Boston College, WCU's first golfers hit the links on the back nine in the first group.
Golfweek Program Challenge Update - Combined Scores (W and M) through 36 holes:
1. Campbell 1,146 (574 and 572)
2. Central Arkansas - 1,180 (602 and 578)
3. James Madison - 1,181 (605 and 576)
4t. Troy - 1,186 (609 and 576)
4t. Boston College - 1,186 (605 and 581)
6. WESTERN CAROLINA - 1,203 (622 and 581)
7. Austin Peay State - 1,209 (629 and 580)
8. Jacksonville State - 1,210 (636 and 574)
9. Georgetown - 1,213 (625 and 588)
10. Northern Iowa - 1,215 (632 and 583)
11. UMKC - 1,216 (636 and 580)
12. Stetson - 1,223 (628 and 595)