Gouge, Powell Lead in Runner-Up Finish in Spring Season Opener

Gouge, Powell Lead in Runner-Up Finish in Spring Season Opener
Led by sophomore Taylor Gouge, the King men's golf team finished second overall. Gouge placed fourth individually with a 1-under par second round.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Taylor Gouge and Richard Powell both shot 1-under par at Fleming Golf Club (Orange Park, Fla.) to pace the King men's golf team in its climb up the leaderboard at the 2013 Spring Kick-Off Intercollegiate. The Tornado jumped three spots to finish second overall at the tournament while Gouge placed fourth overall, individually, to begin the spring season.

Taylor Gouge, a sophomore from Elizabethton, Tenn. (Elizabethton, H.S.), helped lead the day-two comeback as one of two players to shoot 1-under par on the second day of the tournament. Gouge birdies both par-3 holes on the front end of the course to help finish 1-under par on the front nine. Despite double-bogeying hole 17, a rebound birdy helped him finish 1-under on the day and finish tied for fourth, individually. He completed the tournament shooting even par (72-70-142).

Richard Powell (Hixson, Tenn.) also recorded a top-10 finish with a 2-over-par final score at day two's end. The senior turned in a four-shot turnaround from his opening round score, joining Gouge with a 1-under par second round. Powell started Tuesday's action with a 38 (+2) on the front nine but stormed back to shoot 3-under par (32) on the back nine of the course to finish 1-under (70) on the day. Powell placed 10th after the tournament completed with a two-day score of 2-over par (74-70-144).

Sophomore Ross Maietta also displayed a four-shot improvement between days one and two. The Bexley, England native shot even-par (71) on day two, further aiding King's comeback as a team. He placed 16th overall as an individual.

John Scott (76-78-154) and Leennawat Numpituckchaikul (74-85-159) round out King's scorecard.

King jumped three spots in the team standings to finish runner up  at the 2013 Spring Kick-Off Intercollegiate. The Tornado jumped Montevallo University, Lincoln Memorial University, and Saint Leo University to hold sole possession of second place at 16-over par (295-289-584) and displayed a six-shot improvement as a five-man squad.

Georgia Southwestern State University won the tournament with a 3-over par, 571 (286-285) team score. Montevallo's Conner Godsey earned the individual championship, shooting a two-day 140 (-2) to hold off Anders Olsson (GSW) and Nick Brothers (Saint Leo), who both shot 1-under, 141 scores.

The Tornado will compete again on March 4-5 when the team participates in the Richard Randleman Invitational, hosted by Catawba College.

The Lady Tornado golf team will begin its spring season next week, Feb. 16-17, at the Tusculum Pioneer Classic, hosted by Tusculum College.