May 3, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - After finishing the regular season ranked second in the Southern Conference in overall scoring average, post-season play is a potential for Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston. The Catamounts' second-year men's golfer from Hickory, N.C., will learn of a potential at-large bid into the NCAA Men's Golf regional on Monday night.
WCU's men's and women's golf teams will gather as a golf program in the second-floor Team Room in the Ramsey Center on Monday night as the NCAA's selection show is streamed online through NCAASports.com beginning at 9:00 pm ET. Fans can watch the selection stream at www.NCAA.com.
The six, 54-hole NCAA Men's Golf regional tournaments will be held May 16-18. The sites, which were announced on April 30, include the University Club in Baton Rouge, La., hosted by LSU; Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted by Florida State; The Scarlett Course in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State; The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by Arkansas; Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State; and the Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., hosted by Washington State.
Automatic bids and conference qualifiers comprise the majority of the NCAA field with at-large teams and individuals filling the field. In the regional, the low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The finals will be held May 28 through June 2, 2013 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
Poston attempts to join an elite group in WCU golf history as only one other Catamount individual all-time has earned an at-large bid to a NCAA regional. Former four-time All-SoCon selection Matt Cook twice earned an at-large bid into the field, doing so in 2006 and 2007. Cook and his WCU teammates participated collectively as a team in the 2008 NCAA regional, garnering an at-large bid into the post-season field.
This season, Poston recorded seven, top 10 individual finishes including a career-best showing in three-consecutive weeks in the fall. A second-place tie at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in late October marked his career-best finish, shooting rounds of 74, 68 and 72 to culminate the three-straight weeks of career finishes. He closed the regular season by placing in a tie for 10th at the SoCon Championship for a second-consecutive season.
A year after garnering all-freshman honors, Poston was named to the 2013 All-Southern Conference team for his play during the season and post-season tournament. He averaged 72.19 strokes per round this year, the third-best, single-season stroke average in school history behind Cook's 2006-07 (71.81) and 2007-08 (72.00) scoring marks.
Poston currently rests in second place in WCU's all-time career scoring list through is first 61 career rounds with a stroke average of 72.84, just behind all-time leader, Cook.
Overall, the Hickory, N.C., native finished the regular season ranked 142 out of the 250 men's golfers ranked by GolfStat - the third-highest ranked golfer in the SoCon. Collectively as a team, the Catamounts finished ranked 134th in the NCAA head-to-head rankings as compiled by GolfStat.
Poston and the Catamounts will learn Monday night whether or not his 2012-13 season will continue with the at-large bid.