July 24, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Members of the Western Carolina men's golf team have stayed busy this summer competing in a variety of events both across the Southeastern United States and "across the pond."
"It is encouraging to see the guys playing tournament golf throughout the summer," said Western Carolina head coach, Carter Cheves. "The guys going and competing really shows their desire to get better individually and help our team succeed."
Here is a brief recap of some of the tournaments Catamount men's golfers have been involved with this summer:
Poston Leads Three Catamounts at 98th Carolinas Amateur Championship
Rising sophomore J.T. Poston led three Catamount men's golfers at the 98th Carolinas Amateur Championship held at the Charlotte Country Club back on July 15. The three WCU golfers were among a field of 143 golfers from both North and South Carolina.
Poston and returning senior Kyle Wilson both played all four rounds, with senior Trey White just missing the cut after the second 18 holes. Poston led the three-some by placing amidst a six-way tie for 29th overall at six-over, 290. Wilson finished tied for 45th with a four-round total of 12-over, 296 (73-71-74-78) while White posted a 36-hole score of eight-over, 150 (73-77), finishing amidst a seven-way tie for 85th.
By virtue of his finish inside the top 30, Poston earned an automatic invitation to next year's event.
Trio of Catamounts Qualify for North Carolina Amateur Match Play
Three Catamounts including senior Trey White and sophomore J.T. Poston and Matthew Turner all qualified for the 2012 North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship which will be played Aug. 1-5 at Forest Oaks Country Club just outside of Greensboro, N.C.
The trio of Catamounts earned the berth in the match-play tournament back on July 19 at the Providence Country Club in Charlotte.
White led the three WCU golfers by finishing in a two-way tie for fifth place with an 18-hole score of one-over, 73. Poston was just behind him in a five-way tie for 13th at three-over, 75, with Turner coming in just under the automatic qualifying line in a tie for 26th with a seven-over, 79.
Smith Competes in Pair of Summer Tournaments
Western Carolina rising senior Steven Smith has competed in two events this summer "across the pond" in England. The Kirknewton, Scotland, native finished tied for 32nd at the East of Scotland Amateur Championship held at the Lundin Golf Club located near St. Andrews in the United Kingdom while completing stroke play tied for first at the Boyd Quaich Championship at Saint Andrews before falling in a scorecard playoff in what was billed as "the closest finish in the history of the event first contested in 1946."
Smith posted rounds of 73, 72, 75 and 70 for a 72-hole score of 290 over a two-day span on June 30 and July 1 on the par-71 course. He was joined in the tournament field by a trio of Chattanooga golfers as Liam Johnston (t-13th, 284), Chris Robb (22nd, 286) and Benjamin Weilguni were also in the field.
At the 2012 Boyd Quaich Tournament in St. Andrews, Smith led through the opening three rounds before being caught on the final 18 holes. Smith, who was a top-five finisher in the 2011 Boyd Quaich, finished tied with three players after shooting rounds of 69, 70, 71 and a final round 74. The tie was broken by comparing the final two tournament rounds on the scorecards with Oliver Roberts of the Univ. of Stirling named the tournament champion.