King’s “A” team shot a 281, one-over par after the first day of the tournament. Three King golfers currently share the lead for first place after an opening day score of 69. Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) and freshman John Scott (Glasgow, Scotland) each sit atop the leaderboard with team and tournament-best scores. Powell shot the best front-nine score (32) of anyone in the tournament while Scott cleaned up on the back nine with a 33, the best in the field of 35 participants.
Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Ontario) tied for seventh place with a first round 74 while Lee Whitehead (Knoxville, Tenn.) completed the tandem with a 75 and a 13th place individual finish.
“The guys knew they needed to come back after their performance at Myrtle Beach,” said Head Coach Brian Kamm. “They certainly came back in a big way. I am proud of them but there is still work to be done tomorrow to finish the job.”
The Tornado pitted a second team in the competition and finished sixth in the field of seven teams, shooting a 312. Nick Carden (Hixson, Tenn.) topped the team’s score with a 77 with no member of the secondary team finishing more than two shots off that mark.
On the women’s side of the tee, Erskine College sits in the lead with a team total 334. King is currently 10 shots off the pace but has two top-five individual finishers. Esther Gandarias (Madrid, Spain) is currently tied for second place with a first round score of 82, just one shot off the leader, Anna Jenkins from Erskine.
Cortnee Young (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished in a tie for fourth place, just one shot behind Gandarias. She also finished the back nine with the lowest score (39). Anna Walker (Marion, Va.) finished just outside the top five with a sixth place finish. Walker shot an 84 on the day and is three strokes back from the leader. Chelsea Gammon (95) and Kerby Jones (96) rounded out the team’s performance, helping them to a second place finish and a manageable 10 shots behind Erskine in the team totals.
“Both teams just need to continue what they began today,” said Kamm. “Everybody needs to stay focused and come back tomorrow for round two.”
The second round of the tournament will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. at the Country Club of Bristol (Tenn.). Weather conditions continuing to look favorable for the final round of play.