BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off of one of the most successful season's in the program's history, the King University women's golf team looks to duplicate that success. The Tornado return four of their top five golfers for the 2013-14 season after taking a second place finish at the conference championships in 2012-13.
In 2012-13, head coach Brian Kamm led the Tornado to one tournament championship and two second place finishes. King's victory at the Converse Invite by Green Chiropractic was punctuated by Cortnee Young's individual title, and the Tornado finished second at their home event, the King University Invitational and the Conference Carolinas Championships.
Sophomore Elizabeth Swallow should lead the Tornado this season after bursting onto the scene a season ago as a freshman. She led the team and ranked second in Conference Carolinas with a scoring average of 77.78. Swallow finished in the top-10 in all but two tournaments, including a pair of second place finishes, en route to earning first team all-conference honors in 2012-13.
"Elizabeth played fantastic, and she is probably the hardest worker on the team. She worked a lot on her swing, worked a lot on her putting and chipping as well," Kamm said. Not only was she an all-conference player, but she was runner-up for conference player of the year, and I think this year with the work she did this summer back home in England, I believe she has a chance to be an All-American this year. She works hard, and I think she is going to be the leader of our team, there's no doubt about that."
Juniors Young and Anna Walker join Swallow atop the 2013-14 squad. Young finished second on the team with a scoring average of 84.00 while Walker posted an 84.94 stroke average during her sophomore season. Kerby Jones is lone senior on the team, and competed in 17 rounds a season ago, posting an 88.59 stroke average.
The 2013-14 version of the Tornado will be rounded out by a pair of freshmen.
King open the season at the Tusculum Fall Classic in Greenville, Tenn., on September 22-24 before hosting their home event the next week. The King University Invitational will take place at Bristol Country Club in Bristol, Tenn., from September 30-October 1.