March 26, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's golf team returns to action this weekend at the 45th-annual Furman Intercollegiate, held at the Furman University Golf Course on-campus in Greenville, S.C. The practice round is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 with the three-day, 54-hole tournament to tee off on Friday morning at 8:00 am.
Fans can follow each round of the 45th Annual Furman Intercollegiate online through GolfStatResults.com
In addition to WCU and the host, Furman, 16 other teams will comprise the 18-school field. The Catamounts and Paladins are joined by Southern Conference foes Elon, Samford and Wofford. Other teams include Akron, Charleston Southern, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Marshall, Presbyterian, Temple, USC Upstate, Virginia Tech and Winthrop.
Second in the latest Golfstat Cup rankings, WCU junior J.T. Poston leads the Catamount scoring five into the three-round event with a total of six WCU golfers slated to compete. Poston leads the SoCon with a scoring average of 69.90 through 21 rounds this year, and has claimed six top five finishes - and seven total top 10's - this year including individual medalist honors at three events. The Hickory, N.C., product remains listed on the Palmer Cup rankings, slipping to seventh on the Team USA list.
Poston will be flanked by redshirt junior Collin Witiak, junior Matthew Turner and junior transfer Braydon Obremski, with freshman Evan Smith rounding out the scoring five. Among WCU's five, only Witiak has played in the Furman Intercollegiate before, averaging 74.33 strokes over three rounds in the 2010-11 tournament as a freshman.
Freshman Nont Panayanggool will vie for the individual championship at the tournament, competing unattached as an individual as a sixth WCU golfer in the event.
Last season, Poston tallied 13 birdies to lead two Catamounts in the top 20 in a tie for fourth-place as WCU finished sixth as a team. In two previous tournaments at the Furman University Golf Course, Poston is averaging 72.50 strokes per 18 holes. He has finished below-par in three of his six previous rounds with a low-round of 68 carded back in 2012-13.
On the statistical front, one former Catamount continues to have his mark left in the Furman Intercollegiate record book. Tanner Briele (2008-10) matched the lowest opening-round score of seven-under, 65, in the first round back in 2010.