Golf nine strokes back of Tusculum for Etowah title

ETOWAH, N.C. – Senior Luis Vega (Madrid, Spain) carved an opening round 69, three-under par to finish tied for second-place overall Monday afternoon, as the Brevard College Tornados sit nine strokes back of the lead at the 2016 Etowah Intercollegiate.

Tusculum College currently leads after the opening round of play as the Pioneers turned in an opening frame 285, three-under par to lead Mars Hill by four strokes for the tournament lead. The Tornados came in at 293, five-over par in third position, while King and Erskine’s B-team rounded out the afternoon tied for fourth-place at 300, 12-over par.

Mars Hill’s Adam Lumley leads the event by one stroke over Vega and Tusculum’s Cameron Dugger who each finished the opening turn with scores of 69, three-under par, while Lumley turned in a three-under par score of 68.

Senior Oskar Lundgren (Umea, Sweden) wrapped up the opening round with a 74, two-over par. While seniors Sebastian Strehl (Asperg, Germany) and Paul Calac (Valley Center, Calif.) completed the Tornados A-team top-four scores, as the two finished the day tied for 15th-overall with scores of 75, three-over par.

Sophomore Austin Fisher (Hendersonville, N.C.) who competed at the College last year on the baseball team turned in Brevard’s second best overall performance of the afternoon, as the Hendersonville, N.C. native carved up Etowah Valley with an opening round 72, even par for a share of eighth-place.

Meanwhile on the women’s side of the action, Brevard sent three individuals performance to the links Monday morning as sophomore Courtney Sharp (Jacksboro, Tenn.) and junior Kelsei Rhyne (Taylorsville, N.C.) shot an opening round 87, 15-over par to finish in the events top-10. While sophomore Taylor Scovel (Charlotte, N.C) was not far off with an opening turn of 90, 18-over par.

Both the men’s and women’s programs will return to the links tomorrow in Etowah, N.C. as they wrap up this year’s Intercollegiate with men’s action schedule to get under way at 8:30 a.m., while the women will tee off at 9.

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