Poplin Leads Carolina Winter Series

GREENSBORO, N.C.(12/10/10) – Fueled by his first professional victory, former Guilford College student Joseph Poplin '07 is the top money winners after five events of the 2010-11 National Golf Association (NGA)/Hooters Carolina Winter Series Professional Tour.

Poplin, of Eden, N.C., earned just over $1,000 Thursday for his seventh-place finish at the Brunswick Plantation Tournament in Calabash, N.C. He finished off his first pro victory Dec. 2 with a two-stroke triumph in the tour stop at Legends Golf Resort - Heathland Course. He shot a three-under-par 210 over three rounds, including a two-under 69 on the final day.

"This was the first tournament we have played this year where the conditions really affected the tournament all three days. I tried to stay focused and keep from making really high scores," Poplin said after his win. "I knew if I could post a score under par I might have a chance for a playoff. Fortunately for me, I didn't need a playoff for the win."

Poplin, a two-time All-American at Guilford and member of the Quakers' 2005 NCAA Division III National Champions, netted $3,100 for his first pro victory, nearly half of his season-leading total of $6,253. He had a fifth-place showing in the series' season-opening tournament at River Hills Country Club and was seventh at the stop at Black Bear Golf Club. Through 14 rounds, Poplin is averaging 71.57 strokes per round.

The NGA/Hooters Tour is the third-largest men's 72-hole professional golf tour in the country behind the PGA and National Tours. The 12-stop Carolina Winter Tour Series shifts to the Legends Moorland Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dec. 14-16.