Oct. 18, 2011
Morganton, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's golf team finished fourth at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 6,540-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. Sophomore Jack Walsh slipped into a tie for 17th place to lead the Catamounts with a 54-hole score of seven-over, 217.
Walsh finished with a five-over, 77, on Tuesday to slide 11 spots in the final individual standings. His three-round score of 217 matched his career-low for a 54-hole tournament which was achieved last year at the Davidson Invitational.
Junior Trey White finished nine-over par for the tournament with a final round three-over 75 to shoot 219 for the event in a tie for 21st place. The score was White's best in a three-round tournament this year and the best since shooting 217 at last year's Southern Conference Championship.
Sophomore Greg Bunner carded the best final round for WCU, firing even-par 72 to rally four spots in the final standings to finish tied with freshman teammate J.T. Poston in 26th-place overall. Bunner carded rounds of 74-75-72 while Poston shot 77-70-74 as the two finished overall at 221. It was the best 54-hole tournament score for Bunner in his two-year collegiate career.
Rounding out the Catamount side was freshman Charlie Kilzer who turned in his best round of the event on Tuesday with a one-over, 73, to finish at 226 in a tie for 36th-place - a six-position improvement from the conclusion of the second round.
After taking the lead in Monday's second round, Lynn College claimed the team championship by five strokes over Gardner-Webb, which moved three spots in the final standings with a tournament-low round of 278 over the final 18 holes. Presbyterian finished third with a three-round score of 870 followed by the two-way tie between WCU and tourney-host, Appalachian State at 871 to round out the top five.
WCU's 871 is tied for the 11th-best, 54-hole tournament score in school history.
Gardner-Webb's Kristopher Gray posted his third-consecutive round in the 60s on Tuesday to tie second-round leader Matt Sizemore of Presbyterian as the two shared individual medalist honors. Gray posted rounds of 67-67-69 to shoot seven-under, 203, while Sizemore carded a one-under 71 to go with his back-to-back rounds of 66 on Monday.
Western Carolina returns to action in two weeks as it concludes the fall portion of its schedule by hosting the fifth-annual Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. The practice round will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30 with 36 holes spread over Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with 18 per day. This year marks sixth-time that WCU has hosted an event at the par-71, 6,767-yard mountain course.