Oct. 30, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina junior J.T. Poston currently sits atop the national men's golf rankings according to GolfStat (Oct. 29) released this week. Poston has recorded four Top Five finishes through the first four events of the season, claiming individual medalist honors in back-to-back events to open the season.
Looking at the most recent rankings used by GolfStat, both Poston's scoring average and adjusted scoring average this fall was 68.89 through the first nine rounds, which put him atop the 250 ranked men's golfers nationally. GolfStat lists both the true scoring average, as well as the adjusted scoring average, which is altered by GolfStat for tournament par and conditions.
According to available research, Poston's No. 1 ranking matches the highest ever achieved by a WCU men's golfer during a season. Poston equaled the top-ranking achieved by former duffer, Matt Cook, back on Oct. 26, 2006 during his junior campaign.
GolfStat did not include or reflect his most-recent runner-up finish at The Invitational at the Ocean Course that concluded Tuesday afternoon. Poston averaged an even 70 through the 54-hole event in Kiawah Island, which will affect next week's rankings. Through 12 rounds this fall, Poston's scoring average is 69.17 - currently the program's best single-season all-time by over two and a half strokes.
"J.T.'s play this fall has been very special. Starting the fall season with a victory is what all players dream of during the summer. Not only did he accomplish that, but he won the next event as well," said WCU first-year head coach Bryant Odom. "The tournament this past weekend at Kiawah's Ocean Course was arguably the best field we will see all year and J.T. further proved he is one of the top players in the nation by finishing second."
Odom added, "Throughout my career, I have had the privilege to play with and to coach a lot of great players, many of which are now winners on the PGA TOUR - and J.T. belongs right at the top. His much deserved attention and ranking proves that WCU golf is moving in the right direction and is a place where players can reach their potential and shine."
A product of Hickory, N.C., Poston opened the 2013-14 season with a first-place finish at the prestigious GolfWeek Program Challenge at the True Blue Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He finished with a three-day stroke average of 68.33 in the opener, matching his career-low round with a six-under par, 66.
He followed up his first career victory in the season opener by again claiming individual medalist honors at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, hosted by the Univ. of Louisville at the Cardinal Club. He kept his seasonal scoring average under 70 by averaging 69.0 through the three-day event. Also included in GolfStat's most recent ranking was Poston's performance at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate where the third-year starter finished fourth overall with a three-day average of 69.33.
To date this fall, only one of Poston's 12 rounds has been over par - and that was a two-over par, 74, carded on Monday at The Invitational at the Ocean Course. He also has shot below par in 10 of the rounds.
Poston and the Catamounts return to action this weekend to conclude the fall portion of the 2013-14 schedule, hosting the annual Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. It is the seventh-straight season - and eighth time overall - that WCU has hosted a men's golf tournament at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
This year marks the first year that the Hummingbird Intercollegiate will play out at an expanded 54-hole format. The event features 10 teams including the host Catamounts, who are joined by the previous two event winners Appalachian State (2011) and last year's champion, Samford (2012). Also in this year's field are Belmont, Cardinal Stritch, Colgate, Evansville, Gardner-Webb, Tennessee Tech and Wofford.
Live scoring of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate will be made available through GolfStatResults.com.