Oct. 28, 2013
Kiawah Island, S.C. - Western Carolina, which carded a team round of 301 on Monday for a two-day total of 605, finished the second round tied for ninth place at The Invitational at the Ocean Course. First-round leader, WCU junior J.T. Poston, slipped into a two-way tie for fourth place with a two-over par, 74, and is five strokes off the tournament lead at 141 entering the final day of competition.
Paired with golfers from Charleston Southern, Rice and Francis Marion, the Catamounts open the final round between holes 11 and 14 for Tuesday morning's 8:00 am shotgun start. Live scoring for the event is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Poston, who led after Sunday's opening round of five-under, sat atop the leader board much of day two where he was poised to build upon his advantage over the 78-golfer field. Through 12 holes on Monday, the Hickory, N.C., product was one-under with two birdies against one bogey. However, four bogies over a five-hole span between the 13th and 17th left him at three-over par for the round before birdying the par-4 18th to shoot 74.
Sophomore Tyler Lail matched Poston's team-best round on Monday, also recording a two-over par, 74. After scoring birdie and bogey on his first two holes, Lail carded 14-consecutive pars before finishing with back-to-back bogies - holes on which he was even in Sunday's opening round. Through 36 holes, the Conover, N.C., native has recorded 24 pars, sitting at seven-over, 151. He advanced nine spots in the standings, moving into a tie for 30th.
Senior Jack Walsh trimmed two strokes off his opening round, shooting five-over, 77, on Monday to stand in a tie for 57th overall with a two-round total of 156. Walsh had seven bogies - four on the front and three on the back - while also securing a birdie on both sides on Monday. Freshman Nont Panayanggool recorded the team's biggest turnaround, shooting eight strokes better on the second day with a four-over par, 76, advancing seven spots. The first-year golfer from Chiang Mai, Thailand, was two-over on both the front and back nine, charting four bogies with 18 par scores.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five is freshman Evan Smith who shot 82 on Monday for a two-day total of 163. Almost exactly the opposite of his opening round, Smith struggled with his front nine on Monday before carding one-over on the back. The Bluefield, W.Va., native sits in 72nd overall with 18 holes to play.
No. 17 South Florida holds a five-stroke lead over 39th-ranked Kentucky atop the leader board of the 14-team field. The Bulls shot rounds of 291 and 285 for a two-day total of 576 to lead the Wildcats with 581 (288-293). South Alabama sits in third place, 12 strokes off the pace at 588, with eighth-ranked Georgia (593) and Notre Dame (597) rounding out the top five.
Richard James of South Florida shot five-under par, 67, on Monday to move atop the leader board from his third-place standing on Sunday afternoon. He holds a two-stroke edge over Cody Martin from Kentucky, 136-to-138. Georgia's Joey Garber, playing unattached as an individual, is third at 139 with Poston and Chase Koepka of South Florida tied for fourth to round out the top five individuals at 141.