Oct. 19, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston advanced 17 spots in the second round by carding a tournament-low tying round of four-under par, 68, to lead the Catamounts into a tie for fourth place at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, hosted by North Carolina State at the par-72, 7358-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Club. The final round is scheduled for Saturday morning with tee times on both holes No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 8:00 am.
Poston was one of two players to card the single lowest rounds of the opening day as first-round leader Patrick Barrett from North Carolina fired a 68 to lead through 18 holes with Poston rallying from a tie for 17th after the first round to stand tied atop the leader board after his four-under, 68, in the second round. He is tied with Maryland's Andrew McCain who fired back-to-back rounds of one-under, 71.
WCU posted rounds of 302 and 287 through Friday's continuous round play to stand tied with Maryland for fourth place at 13-over, 589. East Carolina leads North Carolina - which is ranked 37th in the nation by GolfStat - by a stroke atop the 12-team field. The Pirates shot one-over par, 577, while the Tar Heels are a stroke in arrears after posting a two-over par, 578. Tournament host N.C. State is third, two strokes ahead of both the Catamounts and Terrapins at 587 to round out the top five.
Opening on the par-3 eighth hole for both rounds, Poston carded a two-over par 74 through the first round, countering two bogies and one double with two birdies. The second time through, the Hickory, N.C., native had 14 par scores with four birdies including three-consecutive to end the round to finish at four-under, 68.
True freshman Tyler Lail posted consecutive rounds of two-over 74 to stand in a four-way tie for 25th overall for WCU. The Conover, N.C., product had an up-and-down round, countering seven bogies with five birdies and six pars in the opening round before shooting 10 par scores with five bogies and a trio of birdies on the second 18 holes.
Redshirt senior Kyle Wilson
moved from a tie for 53rd after his opening round 78 to fire an even-par 72 on the second 18 to stand tied with nine others for 32nd place. Wilson's second round included two bogies and two birdies with 14 pars, opening the round with seven-straight.
Rounding out the Catamounts' side is senior Steven Smith in a tie for 42nd with junior Jack Walsh in a tie for 57th at 154 (76-78) in his first action of the fall. Smith struggled over the final 10 holes of his opening round with three bogies and one double, countered by a birdie to shoot 78. However, the Kirknewton, Scotland native settled in the second round, firing a one-over, 73, countering four bogies with three birdies. Combined, Walsh posted three birdies through Friday's 36 holes.
The final round gets underway at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. Complete results and a recap will be made available as soon as possible following the event. Live scoring is available online at www.GolfStatResults.com.