Sept. 11, 2012
Related Link: Golfweek Program Challenge - Final Results
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Sophomore J.T. Poston fired a two-under, 214, over the three-day Golfweek Program Challenge which concluded Tuesday afternoon, guiding Western Carolina to a fourth-place finish at the par-72, 6,940-yard True Blue Plantation Course. Poston matched his career-low, three-round tournament score while the top 10 finish was the fifth in his WCU career.
Three Catamounts posted even-par final rounds on Tuesday as WCU rallied four spots in the final standings, finishing tied with Austin Peay and James Madison at six-over par, 870. The score was WCU's lowest 54-hole tally since shooting 854 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., in April of 2010.
Combined with the women's score from the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Western Carolina finished seventh out of 12 teams in the combined program challenge.
Starting on the back nine, Poston had back-to-back bogies on the 11th and 12th holes, making the turn at two-over par. Four holes into his final nine, the Hickory, N.C., native moved back to even par with an eagle on the par-5, No 4. He closed the final five holes at even par with a bogey and a birdie to shoot 72 on Tuesday.
Redshirt senior Kyle Wilson and true freshman Tyler Lail both matched Poston's even-par on Tuesday's final round. Wilson finished the tournament tied for 18th overall at two-over par, 218, while Lail posted his career-low round, advancing into a tie for 37th in the final standings.
Wilson countered four bogies with four birdies including one on the final hole of his tournament to finish even. Lail, who had five bogies during his final 18 holes, was able to rally back to two-under through 15 holes with an eagle on No. 4 and birdie on No. 6. He finished with consecutive bogies on No. 7 and 8 to shoot even par.
Sophomore Greg Bunner
finished tied for 23rd after carding a one-over, 73, on Tuesday and a career-low, 54-hole tournament score of 219. Bunner made the turn at three-over par with a trio of bogies on the back nine before shooting two-under on the back with three birdies and a bogey on his final hole.
Rounding out WCU's scorers was senior Steven Smith who also carded his best three-round tournament score as a Catamount, finishing tied for 40th at 224. Smith shot three-over, 75, on Tuesday with only one real blemish on his scorecard - a quadruple bogey on the par-5 fourth that moved him from one-under to three-over with just five holes to play. The Kirknewton, Scotland, native rallied to par-out the remainder of his round after the four-over score.
Opening the final round in fifth place, Central Arkansas posted the low round on Tuesday, shooting 284 to rally to claim team championship honors by two strokes over Jacksonville State, 862-to-864. Troy was third, four strokes in arrears at 864 with WCU, Austin Peay and James Madison all finishing tied for fourth as the Catamounts posted the best final round among the three (289).
Trey Smith from James Madison shot 205 to win individual medalist honors by two strokes over Austen Moiz (207) from Central Arkansas. Troy's Tolver Dozier rallied from fifth entering the final round to finish third, five strokes back at 210.
Campbell, which led entering the final round, shot 306 and slipped to eighth in the final standings. Collectively, though, the Camels defended their Golfweek Program Challenge championship, edging Central Arkansas by 24 strokes thanks largely to the 40-stroke victory by the women's team. James Madison was third with 1,776, followed by Troy (1,785) and Boston College (1,794) to round out the top five programs.
Golfweek Program Challenge Update - Combined Scores (W and M) Final
1. Campbell - 1,738 (860 and 878)
2. Central Arkansas - 1,762 (900 and 862)
3. James Madison - 1,776 (906 and 870)
4. Troy - 1,785 (919 and 866)
5. Boston College - 1,794 (914 and 880)
6. Austin Peay - 1,805 (935 and 870)
7. WESTERN CAROLINA - 1,806 (936 and 870)
T8. Georgetown - 1,815 (932 and 883)
T8. Jacksonville State - 1,815 (951 and 864)
10. Northern Iowa - 1,817 (936 and 881)
11. UMKC - 1,831 (960 and 874)
12. Stetson - 1,842 (945 and 897)