Heckele in contention for Hummingbird Title, Tornados currently fifth

SAPPHIRE, N.C. – Sophomore Steffen Heckele (Oberndorf, Germany) sits two-strokes back of the lead as the Brevard College Tornados Men’s Golf team concluded the opening round of The Humming bird Intercollegiate, hosted at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley with a fifth-place finish.

After a brief hiatus from tournament action, the Tornados returned to the links Monday for the opening round of The Hummingbird Intercollegiate. As Brevard carded a 10-over par 294, opening round finishing two-strokes back of Elon and High Point for top-three honors. Western Carolina, currently leads the intercollegiate after an opening day six-under par, 278, while Eastern Kentucky finished the day at six-over par, 290.

Western Carolina’s Jackson Bishop and Dylan MacQueen currently hold individual tournament honors, as the teammates finished at four-under par, 67, edging out Heckele by two-strokes for individual honors. Heckele’s impressive opening round 69, two-under par was the Tornados best round of the day, as senior Luis Vega (Madrid, Spain) tallied an opening round 72, one-over par for a share of 11th-place.

Seniors Oskar Lundgren (Umea, Sweden) and Paul Calac (Valley Center, Calif.) wrapped up the Tornados top-four score posts, as Lundgren posted a 75, three-over par, while Calac turned in an opening day card showing 78, seven-over par.

Seniors Sebastian Strehl (Asperg, Germany) and Chris Fry (Penrose, N.C.) completed Brevard’s first round at Sapphire Valley, as the senior pair finished with cards totaling 81, 10 over par.
Brevard will look to make up ground tomorrow as they close out their final tournament of the 2016 fall campaign. Currently the Tornados are well within striking distance of a podium performance, as they sit four-strokes back of second-place behind Eastern Kentucky, Elon and High Point.

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