King finishes Tusculum Invite with strong scores

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The King College men's golf team jumped two spots in the team standings with a final-round 292 at the Tusculum (Tenn.) College Invitational Sunday.

The Tornado's 292 tied for the fifth lowest team score along with Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Walters State (Tenn.) Sunday. The 23-shot improvement moved King to 14th in the team standings, three strokes behind Tri-County Community College and Tiffin (Ohio). The Tornado finished with a two-day score of 607. Limestone (S.C.) College posted a 283 to lead all teams on day two which moved the squad to 5th.

The team crown went to host Tusculum with a two-day score of 580, three shots better than Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University. Lincoln Memorial carded a 287 Sunday, two strokes better than Tusculum. Grand Valley and the University of Findlay (Ohio) tied for third with scores of 587 in the two-day event.

Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Canada) lowered his final-round score by 11 shots over Saturday's round with a one-under-par 70 Sunday. His round was tied for the sixth best on the day and moved him to a tie for 41st individually in the 108-player field.

The highest Tornado in the individual standings was Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) in a tie for 17th with a two-day total of 146 after his final-round 74. Nick Carden (Hixson, Tenn.) carded a 72 Sunday, 20 shots better than Saturday which helped King to the low team score. Tyler Welch (White House, Tenn.) rounded out the team score with a 76 after an 84 Saturday.

Lincoln Memorial's Jamie Chapman won a playoff for medalist honors over Walters State's Rafael Jackson. The two finished with two-under-par totals of 140.

Next for King will be the Hargett Memorial Invitational March 28-29 in Charlotte, N.C.