Sept. 23, 2013
Simpsonville, Ky. - Junior J.T. Poston carded rounds of 68 and 70 for a 36-hole score of 138, just one stroke off the individual lead to pace Western Carolina at the Cardinal Intercollegiate being held at the par-72, 7,036-yard Cardinal Club. The Catamounts (594) slipped from second after the opening round into 10th through 36 holes with rounds of even-par 288 and 306.
Paired with golfers from Dayton and UT-Martin, WCU's scoring five will start on the back nine on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 9:12 am with Poston in the final pairing off the back at 9:48 am. Fans can follow final round action with Live Scoring through Birdie Fire.
Poston carded 24 pars and nine birdies over Monday's 36 holes to sit a stroke in arrears of first-round leader, Hampus Bergman (137) of McNeese State, who shot rounds of 67 and 70. Opening on the 18th hole, Poston played his first nine holes at one-over par after a bogey on the par-3 third hole. However, a birdie on the par-5 ninth started a string of three-straight birdies - and four birdies over his next five holes - to move to three-under par before capping his opening 18 holes with a birdie to finish four-under.
In the second round, Poston was three-under through his first eight holes before a bogey on the par-3 eighth. Another bogey on No. 13 moved him back to one-under for the round until he again birdied No. 17 to end his day at two-under, 70.
Catamount freshman Nont Panayanggool sits in a tie for 33rd entering Tuesday's final round. The Chiang Mia, Thailand native carded even-par, 72, in his first intercollegiate round, scoring birdie on his first hole as a collegian. He played the first four holes at one-under par before a bogey on the par-4 fifth moved him back to even par. Three birdies over a four-hole span between No. 8 and 11 moved the rookie to three-under par. However, three bogies over his final four holes left him even for the opening round.
Panayanggool had an up-and-down second round as four-consecutive holes of bogey-or-worse saw him five-over par through eight holes. Back-to-back birdies moved him to three-over, but he finished the day with two bogies, a double-bogey with sixth birdie to finish six-over par, 78.
Senior Jack Walsh posted rounds of three-over, 75, and six-over, 78, to stand in a five-way tie for 51st with a nine-over par, 153. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native carded five birdies on the day including four in the opening round on Monday. Walsh was three-under par through 12 holes in the first round before two double bogies and two bogeys left him three-over par. In the second, five bogies over the final eight holes left Walsh six-over, 78, to close the opening day.
Rounding out WCU's side are junior Matthew Turner in a tie for 56th at 154 (73-81) and freshman Evan Smith in a tie for 78th at 159 (79-80). Turner posted four birdies on Monday - all coming in the first round - while Smith, who was also making his collegiate debut, had two birdies on the opening 18 holes.
Tournament host, Louisville, leads second-place Austin Peay by seven strokes, 567-to-574. Future Southern Conference foe, Mercer, is third with a two-round score of 582 followed by Cincinnati (583) in fourth and a two-way tie for fifth between Francis Marion and McNeese State (586).
Play at the Cardinal Intercollegiate concludes on Tuesday with a complete recap to be made available online at CatamountSports.com.