October 18, 2011

Tornado End Fall Season with Title at LMU Invite

PINEVILLE, Ky. – Entering the second round of the Lincoln Memorial University Invitation tied with Pfeiffer for first place, the Tornado and the Falcons dueled to the finish. After the final set of 18 holes King College left victorious in their final tournament of the fall season, defeating Pfeiffer by five strokes.

Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Ontario) led the Tornado with a second round 71 (35-36), just one shot off his first round score. The senior finished third overall with a two-day total of 141 (70-71) and was four shots behind the tournament winner.

Senior Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and freshman Lee Whitehead (Knoxville, Tenn.) each equaled their first day scores to help King coast to a first place finish. Kibsey matched his first round scorecard with a second round 73 (35-38) while Whitehead shot one back of his counterpart with a 74 (37-37). Kibsey and Whitehead both finished inside the top-15. Kibsey ended in a tie for ninth place while Whitehead in an eight-way tie for 15th overall.

Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) finished inside that eight-man tie for 15th but fell off the pace he set with a first-round 70 score. He returned with a 78 on day two, finishing with a tournament total 148. John Scott rounded out the team's scorecard with a second-round 74, posting a five-shot improvement from his opening round score.

The guys truly understood how to play the course smartly," said Head Coach Brian Kamm. "They picked their spots wisely, were not overly aggressive on certain shots and took advantage of the situations they placed themselves in. It was a real team effort today. If one faltered, another picked up the slack and we prospered because of it."

Combined, the Tornado shot a 579 team score that placed them five shots ahead of Pfeiffer University for first place. Host school LMU (596) placed third overall with its main team and t-5th with its Blue team (603).

"This is by far our best win of the year," said Kamm. "Winning over a larger field that has some solid teams in it means a lot to us as a program and as a team as we close out our fall season and prepare for the spring."

King ends its fall season having won its third tournament of the year out of four it competed in. The Tornado won in its first competition of the year at the North Greenville Classic and its host tournament, the King College Invitational. This victory marks a win over the largest field of teams in a single event, 16.

The Tornado will now take the coming months to train for their spring season which will feature four tournaments before the Conference Carolinas Tournament and the chase for the National Tournament.