Senior Steven Smith turned in his WCU career-best finish -- tied for 11th -- at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate.
Oct. 16, 2012
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Morganton, N.C. - Turning in a career-best individual finish on Tuesday, Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston finished in third-place to pace the Catamounts to a seventh-place team finish at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State and held at the par-70, 6,718-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. Poston finished with an even-par 210 for the event, shooting two-over par 72 over the final 18 holes.
WCU carded rounds of a season-best 285, 290 and 302 to finish at 877.
Entering the final day with 31 holes left to play after the second round was suspended on Monday, Poston and the Catamounts stood in fourth-place overall at the conclusion of 36 holes. Poston maintained his hold on the second runner-up spot over the final 18. A birdie on the par-5 14th moved him to one-over for his final round. However, with three holes to play, he bogeyed the par-4 16th for the first time in the event left him at two-over par, dropping him from second place.
All told, Poston - a native of Hickory, N.C. - recorded 10 birdies and 10 bogies with 34 pars including nine-straight at the end of his second round and first two of his final 18 holes, shooting 210 for the event.
On the strength of his WCU career-best single round of one-under, 69, in the second, senior Steven Smith rallied for the best overall finish of his Catamount career, placing in a tie for 11th. The Kirknewton, Scotland, native countered four bogies with five birdies in his second round before posting 16 pars and just two bogies over his final round on Tuesday afternoon to shoot 214.
Catamount redshirt senior Kyle Wilson fired a nine-over, 79, over the final 18 to finish tied for 51st overall at 225, while redshirt sophomore Collin Witiak matched Wilson's final round 79, shooting 230 to finish tied for 65th overall. Witiak fired a season-low round of two-over, 72, in the opening round.
Rounding out WCU's side was senior Trey White who finished in a tie for 76th in the final standings with a three-round score of 235.
Second after the completion of the second 18 holes on Tuesday morning, Lynn College rallied to win the team championship by one stroke over first-round leading, James Madison, 854-to-855. Wofford finished third, six strokes off the pace at 860, followed by High Point (867) and Elon (874) to round out the top five teams.
Tournament host Appalachian State finished 10th overall in the 17-team field.
High Point's Chase Wilson claimed individual medalist honors, finishing with a two-under 208 after firing one-over, 71, on Tuesday. Wilson edged runner-up, Casey Komline (209) of tournament-host Appalachian State by a stroke, with Poston two-strokes off the pace in third at 210.
In its final tune-up before hosting the Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Nov. 3-4, Western Carolina travels to the Wolfpack Intercollegiate this weekend in Raleigh, N.C. The Catamounts are coming off a 13th-place finish at last year's Wolfpack Intercollegiate in just its second-ever trip to the tournament despite a sixth-place showing by Poston a season ago.