Tornados make history at Bruins Invitational

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Despite a field of just 33 players, the Brevard College Tornados made school history Saturday afternoon at the Bruins Spring Golf Invitational as the colleges A-team took home the tournament title, while the B-team captured runner-up honors, marking the first time that the Tornados have posted two teams inside the top-three.

The Tornados were one of three schools to participate in this seasons Bruins Invite as Bob Jones who hosted the tournament and Piedmont College, a future USA South opponent took part in the one-day event.

Brevard’s A-team would finish the afternoon at 303, edging out the Tornados B-team who finished with a one-day total of 316. While tournament host Bob Jones and Piedmont turned in cards showing 322 and 334, respectively for third and fourth-place turns.

Senior Sebastian Strehl (Asperg, Germany) took home medalist honors with a tournament low round of 73, one-over par, while senior Paul Calac (Valley Center, Calif.) finished runner-up with a 75, three-over par performance.

In addition to Strehl and Calac, the Tornados would take home all of the hardware on the afternoon, as the blue and white finished with five golfers inside of the tournaments top-five, as sophomore Austin Fisher (Hendersonville, N.C.), junior Craig Stephen (Torphins, Scotland) and Steffen Heckele (Oberndorf, Germany) each posted rounds of 75, five-over par.

Senior Oskar Lundgren (Umea, Sweden) and junior Calam McAndrew (Fife, Scotland) both finished with a share of sixth-place, posting cards showing 78, six-over par for the afternoon. While seniors Chris Fry (Penrose, N.C.), Luis Vega (Madrid, Spain), Declan Addison (Peterhead, Scotland), and Florian Peyssonneaux (Digne, France) completed the Tornados turn in Greenville, S.C.

“I'm especially proud of the fact that we put up some pretty good scores on a very difficult golf course,” said head golf coach David Nelson. “Green Valley Country Club hosts a Web.Com tournament every year. It played over 7000 yards as well. I always tell my players that you don't play against the competition, but rather the course. It was a great showing for the first tournament of the year for us. My senior leadership has finally started to show the experience and talent we have this year. I hope this helps us continue to breed success this semester.”

The Tornados return back to links this coming weekend Feb 27-28 as they get a brief taste of the site for this years South Atlantic Conference championship, The Country Club of Salisbury as Brevard takes part in the annual Richard Rendleman Invitational.

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