Aug 13, 2013
Brookline, Mass. - Despite rallying to card a second day, even-par score of 70 on Tuesday, Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston finished tied for 108th out of 312 golfers in stroke play, missing the match-play cut in his first-ever appearance in the 113th United States Amateur Championship. Poston missed match-play by just three strokes as the cut line was at four-over par, 144.
Poston opened his 36-hole stroke play on Monday afternoon by shooting a seven-over, 77, on the par-70, 7,246-yard course at The Country Club before firing even-par 70 at the 6,635-yard companion course at Charles River on Tuesday morning for a two-day total of 147.
Opening on the back nine on Monday, Poston quickly fell behind with a double-bogey on the par-4 11th hole. Following consecutive pars, Poston bogeyed No. 14 to slip to three-over before a birdie on the par-4 15th left him at two-over par through six holes. His first nine holes closed with a double-bogey on the par-3 16th and a bogey on No. 18 to make the turn at five-over par.
Poston birdied his first hole of the front nine, but finished with three bogies and five pars for a two-over end to his opening 18 holes, seven-over and tied for 205th.
On Tuesday, Poston made the turn on the Charles River course at two-over par with bogies on the par-4, 379-yard third and par-4, 348-yard sixth holes, otherwise charting seven pars. A bogey on No. 10 moved him to three-over for the day, but he finished his round strong. Poston scored birdie on three of his final eight holes with the rest scored in regulation to shoot two-under on the back, even-par for his second round.
All told, the Hickory, N.C., native carded five birdies, 21 pars, eight bogies and a pair of double-bogies in his U.S. Amateur appearance.
"The United States Amateur Championship is the best amateur tournament in the world, and it really shows the caliber of J.T.'s game to qualify," said WCU first-year head coach Bryant Odom. "Although he didn't advance to match play, he represented himself and WCU at the highest level, and will walk away with a great competitive experience going into the collegiate season this fall."
Poston and his Catamount teammates open the fall portion of their 2013-14 season at the Golfweek Program Challenge September 8-10 at the True Blue Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.