Oct. 29, 2013
Kiawah Island, S.C. - Western Carolina's J.T. Poston recorded his fourth Top Five showing of the fall on Tuesday afternoon, rallying to finish in a tie for the runner-up position at The Invitational at the Ocean Course. Poston carded a team-best final round of 69 as the Catamounts (908) finished in 10th out of the 14 teams in the field.
Poston led the tournament after the opening round, carding seven birdies among the first 18 holes of the event. He continued to lead through 12 holes on Monday, but was three-over on the final six holes of the second round to slip into a tie for fourth entering Tuesday.
To date this fall, only one of Poston's 12 rounds has been over par - and that was Monday's two-over par, 74.
Opening his final round on the par-5 11th, Poston quickly moved to one-under par with a birdie, but was back to even on the very next hole, bogeying the par-4 12th for the first time in three days. The Hickory, N.C., native closed his final back nine with two additional birdies, adding a fourth on the front of his final round to shoot three-under, 69. Poston finished the 54-hole tournament with a six-under par, 210.
Sophomore Tyler Lail overcame five holes of bogey-or-worse with a trio of birdies, shooting 77 on the final day to slip into a tie for 38th in the final standings. Lail carded six birdies in the event while tallying a 54-hole score of 228. Senior Jack Walsh also tallied three birdies on Tuesday, falling three spots in the final standings to place tied for 60th with a three-day score of 19-over par, 235 - his best, three-round score this season.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were freshmen Evan Smith (74th, 241) and Nont Panayanggool (78th, 244). Smith charted a pair of birdies on the final day to give him four for the event while Panayanggool had a combined five birdies.
No. 17 South Florida held off hard-charging South Alabama, which shot 287 on Tuesday to close within four strokes in the final standings in second place, 875-to-871. No. 39 Kentucky and eighth-ranked Georgia finished the tournament tied for third at 876 with Georgia Southern finishing fifth at 897.
Georgia's Joey Garber, ranked 16th according to GolfStat, advanced two spots in the final standings to claim individual medalist honors over the two-way tie between Poston and South Florida's Richard James, who led after 36 holes. Garber shot 207 to edge Poston and James by three strokes as the duo finished with matching scores of six-under par, 210.
Western Carolina returns to action this weekend as it concludes the fall portion of its schedule as it hosts the annual Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. It is the seventh-straight season - and eighth time overall - that WCU has hosted a men's golf tournament at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
This year marks the first year that the Hummingbird Intercollegiate will play out at an expanded 54-hole format. The event features 10 teams including the host Catamounts, who are joined by the previous two event winners Appalachian State (2011) and last year's champion, Samford (2012). Also in this year's field are Belmont, Cardinal Stritch, Colgate, Evansville, Gardner-Webb, Tennessee Tech and Wofford.
Live scoring of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate will be made available through GolfStatResults.com.