Tornado Women’s Golf Begins Season at Smokey Mountain Invite

Tornado Women’s Golf Begins Season at Smokey Mountain Invite

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King College women's golf team took to the links for the first time this season at the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate Invitational, hosted by Carson Newman College. The two-day tournament began Monday morning and at the end of the first round, King rests in the middle of the pack in the ten-team tournament.

All four Tornado team members that finished the opening round finished within five strokes of one another and placed within 12 positions of each other.

Led by freshman Courtnee Young (Cleveland, Tenn.), King finished in sixth place out of ten teams after the first round of play at the Sevierville Golf Club (Sevierville, Tenn.). Young finished her round with a score of 89 (41-48) to lead the Tornado and good for 32nd overall. Fellow freshman Anna Walker (Marion, Va.) finished slightly behind Young with a round of 91 (45-46) and a 37th overall finish in the opening round.

Kerby Jones and Esther Gandarias finished t-41st and 44th, respectively. Jones shot a 92 (44-48) while Gandarias holed a first round score of 94 (48-46).

As a team, King shot a 366 and lies 31 shots away from fifth place team University of Montevallo. Shorter University and host Carson Newman are tied atop the leaderboard with team scores of 315.

The second round of the tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start. Final results will be provided after the tournament's completion.