May 15, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston - just the second Catamount men's golfer all-time to garner an individual at-large bid into post-season - opens play in the Tallahassee regional on Thursday morning in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Golf Regional at the Golden Eagle Country Club.
Playing in the final group off of the first tee with a tee-time of 10:20 am, Poston is paired with fellow individual at-large selection in Maryland junior Sean Bosdosh and Bart George who is on the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion, Loyola-Maryland squad. Bosdosh finished second in the ACC in scoring average this year at 71.29.
A native of Hickory, N.C., Poston is just the second Catamount men's golfer to venture into the NCAA post-season as an individual. He joins former WCU standout - and all-time scoring leader - Matt Cook who earned two at-large bids in 2006 and 2007.
Poston ranks second on WCU's career scoring ledger with an average of 72.84 through 61 career rounds through two seasons. His seasonal stroke average in 2012-13 (72.19) is the third-best, single-season scoring mark in school history while also ranking second in the Southern Conference. He has 11 career top 10 finishes with five career top five showings, all coming this season.
The par-72, 6,965-yard Golden Eagle Country Club will host 13 teams and 10 individual qualifiers in the NCAA Regional. The Tallahassee regional is one of six taking place throughout the country this weekend. The regional consists of a 54-hole tournament with the low five teams and low individual not included on those five teams advancing to the NCAA National Championship, May 28 - June 2 at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
Built from the beautiful terrain of Kinhega Plantation in 1986, world renowned Course Architect Tom Fazio took full advantage of the natural topography of fabulous acreage surrounding the Golden Eagle Country Club.
Golden Eagle's foremost attraction is its 18-hole golf course. It was rated "the most challenging course in Florida" by the United States Golf Association just six months after opening. In addition, Golfweek Magazine ranked Golden Eagle among the top 50 real-estate development courses in the Southeast, citing its distinctive design and enhancement of the property's natural beauty as "a cut above the rest."
The championship golf course features wide fairways and strategically placed Scottish bunkers. Tree-lined fairways, elevations changes and additional water features not only add to the course's natural beauty, but test the player's ability to visualize and execute the proper shot.
Live scoring of all three days at the Tallahassee Regional is provided through GolfStat through their website, GolfStatResults.com.