Poston wins Southwestern Amateur by 2

Runner-up Kevin Dougherty (from left), champion J.T. Poston and Max McGreevy took the top three spots at the 2013 Southwestern Amateur.

J.T. Poston edged defending champ Kevin Dougherty and Max McGreevy by two shots to win the Southwestern Amateur on Friday at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Poston, a rising junior at Western Carolina and No. 191 in the Golfweek/Sagarin men's college individual rankings, opened with a 69 and followed with a pair of 71s – then shot a final-round 65 for a total of 4 under par and a come-from-behind win.

“I had lots of birdies yesterday but made some dumb bogeys," said Poston, of Hickory, N.C. "Today my warmup was good, and I had five birdies and no bogeys. . . . I hope to come back to defend.”

Dougherty, of Oklahoma State and ranked No. 90, relied on a final-round 66 to get to 2 under. He earned runner-up honors in a scorecard playoff over McGreevy, who had shot 65 in the third round but closed with a 72.

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