Sept. 20, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's golf team returns to action Sept. 23-24 in tournament play at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Louisville at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. The 54-hole event gets underway with practice rounds on Sunday (Sept. 22) before playing 36 holes on Monday followed by the 18-hole final round on Tuesday.
Live scoring of the Cardinal Intercollegiate is available through BirdieFire.
WCU is among 15 teams that will vie for the tournament championship. In addition to the host Cardinals, the field includes fellow Southern Conference foe, Furman, and future league member, Mercer. Also in the field are Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Francis Marion, McNeese State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin, Western Kentucky and Wright State.
This year marks the first time the Catamount men's golf team has played in the Cardinal Intercollegiate, though the women's squad did play the course back in 2007. The Cardinal Club, located approximately 30 minutes east of the UofL campus, features a 7,000-yard, Spencer Holt layout as well as a multi-tiered, 20-acre practice facility with three bent grass tee boxes, five target greens and two practice holes.
Western Carolina, fresh off its season-opening fifth-place tie at the Golfweek Program Challenge, will send mixture of youth and experience to the Cardinal Intercollegiate. Junior J.T. Poston, who claimed his first career individual medalist honors in the season opener, will be flanked by classmate Matthew Turner as the only two golfers returning to the active lineup from the opening tournament. Turner averaged 74.33 strokes per round at the Golfweek Program Challenge, capped by a career-low round of 70 on the final day.
Poston enters the event with six career, Top Five finishes and 12 finishes inside the individual Top 10.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five will be senior Jack Walsh and a pair of freshmen making their collegiate debut in Bluefield, W.Va., native Evan Smith and Nont Panayanggool from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Walsh will see his first action of the season after representing WCU in six events for a combined 17 rounds a year ago. The Lawrenceville, Ga., product has two career Top 10 finishes.
Complete recaps of the two-day event will be made available on CatamountSports.com.