Gandarias' scorecard put her in a three-way tie for 14th overall in the tournament. The junior finished seven-over par and just six shots off the lead, held by Tusculum's Jillian Corum.
As a team, King shot a 340 first round total, tying North Greenville University for eighth place. The Tornado are just two strokes back from both Lenoir-Rhyne University and Coker College who rest in a tie for sixth place. Limestone College (332) is also within reach, just eight shots ahead of King with a 332 score. The Tornado have a comfortable 15-stroke lead over tenth place Brevard College.
Courtney Young (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished in a tie for 34th place with an 84 (39-45) score while Anna Walker (44-43-87), Chelsea Gammon (45-45-90) and Kerby Jones (45-47-92) rounded out the King scorecard. Walker finished with a pair of birdies on the day, making her one of only 15 players to make two or more. Gandarias also finished in the top half of the competition with 11 par finishes.
The second round will commence Tuesday morning from Link Hills Country Club. The Tusculum Fall Classic celebrates its sixth year. The Classic is two tournaments, but a combined champion is also recognized with the daily aggregate scores of each school's men and women's programs.