Koivu dominates as Brevard wins Cherokee Valley Invitational
Ortiz earns All-Tournament honors in Tornados victory
Tigerville, S.C. - Kim Koivu led the Cherokee Valley Invitational from start to finish over the two day event, recording a first round 66, 6-under par and followed up with a 70 on the second day to pace the Tornados to their first tournament victory in the 2012 season.
Backed by the strong play of Koivu and a top five finish by Diego Ortiz, Brevard recorded the two lowest rounds in the tournament in team play, firing a 298 on the first day to give Brevard a three stroke advantage on the first day. The Tornados kept the momentum going in the second day, tying Limestone with a 300, again the low round, as Brevard finished with a 598, 22-over par to top the Saints by five strokes in the win.
Koivu led wire-to-wire, recording the lowest round in tournament history, giving the freshman from Helsinki, Finland a three stroke lead over Tri City Community College’s Dalton Ward. Koivu followed with the low round on day two as well, carding in a 70 for a two round score of 136, 8-under par, holding off Ward by four strokes to take his first individual title with the Tornados, and setting the Cherokee Valley Invitational two-day record.
"This win was a huge step in the right direct for the program. The players have been working so hard week after week, and the results are coming," commented Coach David Nelson. "Kim again was incredible, winning top honors by posting -8 under par, 5 strokes better than the second place finisher. We are peaking at the right time in preparation for conference in late April, having won our first tournament since April of 2009, when we won the Aramark Collegiate invitational at Etowah."
Ortiz followed Koivu, continuing his bout of strong play recently as the Mexico City, Mexico native placed fifth overall, recording an opening round 77, before knocking four strokes off in the second round to finish with a two round score of 150, 6-over par to finish on the All-Tournament team.
Michael Stamper narrowly missed out on being the third BC player in the top 10, placing in a four-way tie for 13th overall, two strokes behind the top 10 in finishing with a 157 for the two-day event.
Thomas Rennie bounced back from a first day 84, cutting nine strokes off his total in the second round of play for a 75 to finish in a three-way tie for 19th in the tournament.
T.J. Hoard also finished in the top 30 for the Tornados, placing 28th overall, carding scores of 80 and 83 to finish 19-over par in helping Brevard win the six team tournament at the Cherokee Valley Golf Club.
Brevard is back in action on the road as the Tornados take part in the Carolina Sands Intercollegiate tournament, hosted by UNC Pembroke. First round action in White Lake, N.C. is set for Saturday, March 31st.