Oct. 8, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston carded a final round even-par, 72, to finish fourth in the individual standings at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at the par-72, 7,358-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Behind Poston's strong showing, the Catamounts advanced one position in the final team standings, placing 14th out of the 17-team field with a 54-hole score of 902.
Including all three rounds this week, Poston has shot even-par - or better - in each of the first nine rounds to start the 2013 -14 season. Poston's worst score this fall, in fact, has been the even-par 72 carded on Tuesday's final 18 holes. The Hickory, N.C., native is averaging a career-best 68.89 strokes per round through the first three tournaments this fall.
Opening his final round on hole No. 10, Poston carded nine-consecutive pars to shoot even on the back nine. Back-to-back birdies on the first and second holes after the turn moved the third-year starter to two-under with seven to play. However, Poston bogeyed the par-4 fifth and the par-3 eighth for the first times in the tournament to drop back to even where he concluded his round.
All told, Poston carded 12 birdies and 35 pars over the 54-hole event, shooting 208 collectively.
Freshman Nont Panayanggool just missed tying his career-best, three-round event score by a stroke, shooting three-over par, 75, on the final day for a two-day total of 225 to finish tied for 54th. The rookie charted three bogies on his first nine holes, making the turn to the front at three-over for the round. Panayanggool birdied the par-5 first hole - a hole he bogeyed once on Monday - to move to two over where he stayed until a fourth bogey of the round on No. 5 left him at three-over par.
Panayanggool led WCU with 36 scores of par in the tournament, while carding five birdies.
Senior Greg Bunner finished tied for 77th overall with a three-round total of 234, with redshirt junior Collin Witiak (84th-t, 240) and senior Jack Walsh (86th, 241) rounding out WCU's scoring five. Bunner had five birdies at the event - all coming on Monday - while Witiak bounced back from a first-round 83 to shoot eight-over, 80, on Tuesday with two birdies. Walsh, likewise, carded two birdies over the final round to give him three in the tournament, shooting his best round of the week at seven-over par, 79.
Future Southern Conference member, East Tennessee State, rallied past fellow league member - and second-round leader, UNCG - to claim the top team honors by 11 strokes. The Buccaneers shot a final round 286 compared to the even-300 turned in by the Spartans to win the event with a three-round score of 843 over 854. Event host, North Carolina State, finished third at 865 with East Carolina (871) and UNC Wilmington (872) rounding out the top five.
Second-round leader Carter Jenkins from UNCG held on to claim individual medalist honors, edging ETSU's Gudmundur Kristjansson by two strokes, 203-to-205. After shooting rounds of nine-under, 63, and seven-under, 65, on the opening day, Jenkins stumbled home with a three-over par, 75, across the final 18 holes. However, he made his six-stroke stand up as Kristjansson fired a one-under, 71.
Temple's Brandon Matthews finished third with a two-day total of 207 with Poston (208) fourth and ETSU's Rhys Pugh rounding out the top five with a five-under par, 211.
Western Carolina is idle until the end of October when it opens back-to-back weekends of competition to close the fall portion of its schedule. The Catamounts travel to the Invitational at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C., Oct. 27-29, before hosting the expanded, three-round Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the picturesque Country Club of Sapphire Valley Nov. 3-5.