Tornado Golf in Action at Myrtle Beach Invitational

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. – King College men's and women's golf departed for a warmer climate and the Sea Trail Golf Course to compete in the annual Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate Invitational. Monday signaled the first round where 35 men's and women's teams took to the links in temperatures that reached the mid-70s amid sunny skies. King featured impressive first day individual and team performance between its two teams, highlighted by two top-25 performances on the men's side and the women's team finishing right at the top half of the competition after 18 holes.

In a field of 70 golfers among 14 teams, two Tornado golfers finished in the top 25 spots. Lee Whitehead (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) each finished in a tie for 21stplace, scoring one-over-par after round one. Whitehead had a seven-stroke improvement from the front nine to the back nine (40-33—73) while Powell shot well on both halves of the course (37-36—73). Whitehead's score of 33 on the back nine was the second-lowest score on holes 10 through 18 on the day.

Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Ontario) was two shots off the pace of his teammates, playing his way to a 75 (37-38) through one round. Canadian National Tournament participant Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) hit a fantastic front nine, hitting his way to the third lowest score through those holes but struggled on the back nine with a 43 to finish t-56 overall. Ross Maietta (Bexley, England) rounded out the team of Tornado golfers with a 43-39—82 scorecard.

As a team the Tornado placed 10th out of 13 teams with a 299 squad score. King sits just five strokes away from seventh place team Lincoln Memorial University (294), four away from Conference Carolinas member St. Andrews (295) and one back of Walters State Junior College (298). They currently sit one shot in front of host institution Lenoir-Rhyne (300).

The Lady Tornado team finished 11th out of 21 teams and just outside making in the top ten teams participating. Their team score of 337 is just one shot away from tenth place team and Conference Carolina member Erskine College (336) and six off the pace of ninth place Queens University of Charleston (331).

Like the men, two Lady Tornado linkers final scores tied for a team lead. Esther Gandarias (Madrid, Spain) and Cortnee Young (Cleveland, Tenn.) shot identical scores of 41-41—82 on the first day of the two-day tournament and sit in a tie for tenth place individually. Two shots off their pace is Anna Walker (Marion, Va.) who shot an 84 while Kerby Jones (Eagleville, Tenn.) and Chelsea Gammon (Blountville, Tenn.) rounded out the rest of the King team with an 89 and 96, respectively.