June 19, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - After being named PING All-East Region back in late May, Western Carolina junior men's golfer J.T. Poston earned another impressive honor on Thursday as he was named a Division I PING All-America Honorable Mention as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Three, 10-golfer teams (first, second and third), were selected as All-America with an additional 30 different golfers earning honorable mention plaudits. Poston was one of two from the Southern Conference to earn honorable mention status, joined by Chattanooga's Chris Robb.
Poston is the second Catamount men's golfer to earn honorable mention accolades from the association all time, joining former standout Matt Cook (2004-2008) who earned the same distinction as a senior in 2008.
Named the SoCon Men's Golfer of the Year following his individual medalist honors at the conference tournament, Poston went on to a career-best tying 38th-place finish at the NCAA Raleigh Regional. A combined 26 of his 33 seasonal rounds were carded at even-par or better including 16 rounds in the 60s. He concluded the year ranked eighth on the GolfStat Cup standings, and was fifth nationally in the Golfstat statistic rankings.
A product of Hickory, N.C., Poston recorded nine top 10 finishes including placing in the top five eight times with four individual medalist honors in his 11 seasonal events. He recorded WCU's all-time best single-season scoring average at 70.27, and will enter his senior year atop the career stroke average chart at 71.97.
Now a two-time All-East Region selection by the GCAA, the three-year starter graced two national player of the year watch lists in 2013-14, considered for both the Ben Hogan and the Haskins Award. He also appeared on the short list to make the United State's Palmer Cup squad.