Aug. 12, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - J.T. Poston, a junior on the Western Carolina men's golf team, opens play in the 113th United States Amateur Championship today (Monday) at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Poston qualified for the prestigious national tournament by finishing second in his sectional qualifying tournament held back on July 16-17 at the par-72, 6,867-yard Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club in Denver, N.C.
The 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship will be played August 12-18.
Poston, a native of Hickory, N.C., is in the 12:45 pm threesome and will tee off on the back nine of The Country Club course. He is paired with Chad Ramey of Fulton, Miss., who is a rising senior on the Mississippi State men's golf team and Chris Thayer of Aurora, Colo.
According to available research, Poston is just the fourth Catamount men's golfer to qualify for the U.S. Amateur joining Ricky Stout in 2010, Matt Cook in the summer of 2008 and Clay Kilgore who qualified back in 2002.
This year, the USGA accepted 7,002 entries for the U.S. Amateur Championship, which was 599 more than in 2012. The record for entries is 7,920, set back in 1999. The 7,002 entries are the most since the 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 (7,298). A field of 312 players will compete in two, 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 12 and 13 between The Country Club and companion course, Charles River Country Club. After those two rounds, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers.
Six rounds of match play begin on Aug. 14 and the championship concludes with a scheduled 36-hole championship match on Aug. 18.
For the U.S. Amateur, The Country Club will be set up at 7,310 yards and will play to a par of 34-36-70 while the Charles River Country Club will be set up at 6,574 yards and will play to a par of 35-35-70. Last year's U.S. Amateur was won by a former Southern Conference competitor as Chattanooga's Steven Fox claimed the top honors.
Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur continues a solid summer for Poston, who scored an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., at the end of the 2012-13 season. He brought home top individual honors at the 98th Annual Southwestern Amateur - the longest running amateur golf tournament in the Southwestern United States - back in late June. He also just finished tied for fourth in the 99th Annual Carolinas Amateur Championship held at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., July 11-14. Poston shot rounds of 76-73-71-73 for a 72-hole score of five-over par, 293.