June 23, 2013
Scottsdale, Ariz. -
Western Carolina rising junior J.T. Poston claimed individual medalist honors at the 98th Southwestern Amateur held on the 7,412-yard Nicklaus Signature Renegade Course at the Desert Mountain Club. Poston edged the tournament's defending champion, Kevin Dougherty, and Max McGreevy by two strokes to win the 72-hole tournament title.
Poston, who is ranked No. 191 in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's college individual rankings, opened with a round of 69 and followed with a pair of 71s in the second and third rounds. The Hickory, N.C., native then shot a final-round of five-under par 65 for a total of four-under par, 276, rallying six places in the final standings to earn the come-from-behind win.
Dougherty, of Oklahoma State and ranked No. 90, relied on a final-round 66 to get to 2 under. He earned runner-up honors in a scorecard playoff over McGreevy, who had shot 65 in the third round but closed with a 72.
The tournament title is the second in the amateur career for Poston who claimed the junior national Big "I" Championship prior to his freshman year.
The Southwestern Amateur is the longest running amateur men's golf championship in the western United States. With origins dating back as early as 1908, the tournament was formally organized into a regional competition in 1915. Since then the championship has grown to include many more players and provides a stepping stone for many great future PGA Tour stars.
For more information on the 98th Annual Southwestern Amateur Championship, visit Southwestern Amateur.