Sept. 24, 2013
Simpsonville, Ky. - Capped by a final round score of three-under par, 69, Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston claimed his second-straight individual championship of the season at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville and concluded Tuesday at the par-72, 7,036-yard Cardinal Club.
Poston's second individual victory comes on the heels of claiming individual medalist honors at the season-opening Golfweek Program Challenge where he matched a program record-low score of 205 (66-69-70). All told, Poston's six rounds this fall have been under par including a career-best round of 66 turned in on the opening 18 holes of the season.
The Catamounts finished with a final round 304 collectively to shoot 898, finishing among a three-way tie for 11th-place in the team standings out of the 15 total teams. WCU was knotted with both Dayton and Western Kentucky in the final ranking.
On Tuesday, Poston - who was second after 36 holes on Monday - countered one bogey on the par-4 fifth with four birdies and 13 pars over the final round to maintain his hold atop the individual leader board en route to his second-straight individual title. For the two-day, three-round event, the Hickory, N.C., product carded the third-most birdies in the field with 13 and was tied for fifth with 37 par scores.
Teeing off on the back nine, Poston charted a pair of birdies over his final run on holes nine through 18, making the turn at two-under. He birdied the par-5 fourth hole for the second-consecutive round to drop to three-under before a bogey on the very next hole moved him back to two-under for the day. Poston capped his round, adding an exclamation point to the four-stroke victory, with a birdie on the par-5 ninth to record his three-under, 69.
True freshman Nont Panayanggool finished tied for 34th in his collegiate debut, wrapping up the 54-hole event with a two-over par, 74, for a three-round score of 224. The Chiang Mia, Thailand, native posted birdies on two of his first five holes and made the turn to the front nine at one-under for the day. Two bogies and a double-bogey on three of the first seven holes on the front left him at three-over until he birdied his final hole - the 530-yard, par-5 No. 9 - for a third-straight day to shoot two-over for the round.
Panayanggool's classmate, Evan Smith, turned in his best career round on Tuesday, shooting five-over, 77, to conclude his first collegiate tournament at 236, tied for 73rd overall. Smith countered five holes of bogey-or-worse with a pair of birdies on the day.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five was senior Jack Walsh (237) in a three-way tie for 75th overall and junior Matthew Turner (238) in 78th place. Both Walsh and Turner finished with final round scores of 84 on Tuesday. Walsh carded five birdies in the tournament while Turner tallied six including two on the final 18 holes.
Tournament host Louisville claimed top team honors by six strokes over second-place, Mercer, 860-to-866. Austin Peay slipped from second to third in the final standings at 869, with Furman (872) and Cincinnati (873) rounding out the Top Five.
Western Carolina returns to action October 7-9 at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, hosted by North Carolina State at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club. It is the fourth-consecutive season the Catamounts will play in the event coming off a team-best fourth-place showing in last year's tournament. Poston finished tied for second with a 54-hole score of 214.
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- According to available records back to 1984, Poston is the fourth former WCU men's golfer to win at least a share of individual medalist honors in the same season ... He joins former Catamount men's golfers Cook (2006, 2005, 2004), Trip Morrow (2005) and Bruce Kullman (1989, 1991) on that list.
- Matt Cook holds the school-record with three-straight individual medalist honors in the fall of 2006 ... the Murphy, N.C., native won the Elon/Sea Trail Intercollegiate (67-67=134), Liberty/Frank Landrey Invitational (65-67-PPD=132) and the Charleston Southern Fall Invitational (68-70-68=206) ... Cook won consecutive tournaments three times in his WCU career, winning back-to-back events twice across two different seasons in the fall and spring of 2005, in addition to his three-straight medalist honors in 2006.