Men’s Golf Finishes Fifth at Tusculum Invitational
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Led by a pair of top-25 performances by Josh Bamberger and Lee Whitehead, King College Men's Golf finished fifth overall at the Tusculum Invitational. King maintained their fifth position through day two of the tournament after finishing in the same spot after round one. The two-day, 36-hole tournament is being held at the par 71, 6,763-yard Link Hills Country Club.
Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Ontario) and Lee Whitehead (Knoxville, Tenn.) both finished inside the top-25 with identical 148 two-round totals. Bamberger finished day one as the top King golfer with a 72. The freshman returned and punched in a 76 on Sunday's final day of the tournament. Whitehead finished one stroke behind his teammate in day-one action and shot a 75 on day two. Both finished in a tie for 24th overall in the individual standings.
Nick Carden (Hixson, Tenn.) had the largest improvement from his first to second rounds. The senior had a seven-shot improvement from his first-round 81, shooting a team-best 74 on Sunday.
John Scott (Glasgow, Scotland) and Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) shot two-day totals of 149 (73-76) and 152 (74-78), respectively. Scott finished just outside of the top-25, claiming a share of the 28th overall spot.
King posted a tournament scorecard of 593 (292-301), placing them fifth overall in the 18-team field of competition. Among those the Tornado finished ahead of include conference opponent Limestone College and regional schools Mars Hill (662), Virginia Intermont (629), Bluefield State College (624), and Anderson University (599).
Host school Tusculum College (566) won the tournament on a team level for the second year in a row, shooting five shots better than Wingate University (571) and Lincoln Memorial University (587). Walters State (589) finished four shots ahead of King for fourth place. Just behind King was Tiffin University (594).
Antoine LeSaux of Wingate won the tournament with an individual score of 138 (71-67), four-under par. His second round 67 was the best of the day by two strokes.
Scott finished in a tie for seventh overall in scoring on par three holes (E) while Lee Whitehead was one of only 10 individuals to record an eagle during the tournament. Whitehead also had a share for fourth in par-5 scoring (-3). Josh Bamberger had the second-most pars recorded during the tournament with 27. As a team, King has the second-lowest score on par-3 holes (3.18, +7) and the third-most pars recorded (114).