Improvement Drives Lady Tornado to Seventh Place Finish at Tusculum Classic

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After the final day of action at the Tusculum Fall Classic, King College received overall improvements from the entire team and finished in a tie for seventh place. Esther Gandarias finished with the best scorecard of all Lady Tornado golfers to help the team jump one spot in the final standings.

Three of the five Lady Tornado improved their scores from the previous day. Of those three, they combined for an overall round-to-round improvement of seven shots. Most notable was that of CLASS Cortnee Young who shot a second round 80, a four-shot improvement from her previous day score. Young finished Tuesday's round with the best score of the Lady Tornado and a two-day total of 164 (84-80), good for 25th overall.

Anna Walker and Kerby Jones each bettered their score from the day before, as well. Walker finished two shots better than Monday's round and ended with an overall score of 172 (87-85) while Jones finished with a 183 (92-91). Chelsea Gammon shot a 193 for the tournament.

"That was only Courtney's second tournament and she is showing me she is a really player," said Head Coach Brian Kamm. "Her short game and consistency are really encouraging to see how she is going to develop. I'm very excited for her future and for her finish today."

Esther Gandarias finished 17th overall in the tournament, her highest finish of the season, with a two-day total of 161 (79-82).

"Esther has some great ability and if we can get her to be a little more consistent she is going to be an excellent player for us," said Kamm. "We're going to work harder with her as the season progresses and get that consistency to where we both want it and then her abilities will take over."

King made a two-stroke improvement from their first round score, ending the tournament in a tie for seventh with fellow Conference Carolina member, Coker College. Each shot a 678 for the tournament, as a team. King ended the tournament with Gandarias and Young both finishing in the top-25, tying with Limestone College for tops among participating Conference Carolinas schools.

Said Kamm of the team's performance, "The girls wanted me to challenge them more, so I set some goals for them to achieve. We were really close to achieving them but it was the best tournament since I have been around so it is certainly great to see the improvement and for them to respond the challenge."

The Lady Tornado will join the men's team in a trip to Sunset Beach, N.C. for the Lenoir-Rhyne Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate Invitational. The two-day tournament will take place on Oct. 3-4 and be hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University.