Junior Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) and senior Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Ontario) both finished their first 18 holes hitting two-under par (70). Powell (38-32-70) fell behind early, bogeying three holes on the front nine but stormed back with birdies on holes 10, 11, and 14 before finishing out the day with birdies on the final two holes. Powell's 32 on the back nine tied with the overall individual leader, Troy Bulmer (Pfeiffer), for the best back-nine score on the opening day of play.
Bamberger was steady and true throughout the first round of the invitational, shooting a 34 and 36 on the front and back nine, respectively. The senior had the second-best front nine tally, birdying three holes of the set. He held the individual lead through 16 holes until Bulmer birdied his final two while Bamberger settled for par.
Four of five King golfers finished inside the top-20 participants in a field of 87 players over 16 teams. Senior Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) finished one-over par (36-37-73) and stands in a tie for 14th place after one round. He highlighted his round with an eagle on the second hole, par-5.
King is tied with Pfeiffer University with a one-under par score after a combined 90 holes played at Wasioto Winds Golf Course. Pfeiffer and King each hold an eight-stroke lead over host school Lincoln Memorial (295) that is in third place. Lenoir-Rhyne (296) stands in fourth place a stroke back from LMU and Tusculum (297) is just one more shot off the pace. North Greenville (300), Walters State Community College (303), and LMU's secondary team (305) round out the top half of the competition in team play.