June 30, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Three Western Carolina men's golfers have qualified for the 98th Carolinas Amateur Championship through the sectional competitions this summer. Rising senior Trey White and returning classmate Kyle Wilson, as well as sophomore J.T. Poston will all take part in the amateur championship to be held July 12-15 at the Charlotte Country Club.
All told, five WCU men's golfers including the aforementioned three competed in sectional qualifying events which included a single round of 18 holes. In addition to Poston, White and Wilson, Greg Bunner and Catamount incoming freshman Tyler Lail all competed in sectional events.
"Having five of our golfers competing this summer really shows that they are committed to getting better. Those that have advanced to the Carolinas Amateur will be able to bring that added confidence back for the fall and I feel it will translate into our team game," said WCU head coach Carter Cheves.
White finished tied for second among the 88-golfer field to secure his spot in the Carolinas Amateur. White - the highest sectional finisher among WCU's roster - fired a four-under round of 66 at the par-70 Creek Golf Club in Spartanburg, S.C., back on June 27. The Hickory, N.C., native played the front nine at one-under before bogeying the par-4 10th after making the turn. An eagle on the par-5 13th jump-started him to a four-under finish through his final six holes.
Wilson posted a one-under par, 71, at the Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C., to finish in a six-way tie for seventh place on June 28. Wilson overcame consecutive bogies on the second and third holes of his round, playing the first 12 holes at two-over par. The Mount Airy, N.C., native closed his round with birdies on three of his final six holes to finish below par.
Sophomore J.T. Poston qualified for the event after finishing in a tie for 21st overall, shooting a two-over 74, on June 25 at the TPC Piper Glen Golf Club in Charlotte. Poston shot one-under through the opening nine holes of his round, dipping to two-under twice on the back. However, a triple bogey on the par-5 18th relegated him to two-over for the qualifier.
Earlier this summer, White and Matthew Turner both qualified for the 52nd North Carolina Amateur Championship held at the Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C. Turner finished tied for 52nd out of 144 golfers in the four-round event, carding an 18-over 306 over the 72-hole event, averaging 76.50 for the tournament.
White made the initial cut, playing in three of t
he four rounds of the event with a tourney-best round of two-under, 70.