NINETY SIX, S.C. – The King University men's golf team opened play at the 2014 Lander University Bearcat Golf Classic with a pair of strong individual performances in the first two rounds that will leave two Tornado golfers in contention for top-10 finishes over Sunday's final 18 holes.
Ross Maietta had a sparkling day for the Tornado, finishing the first 36 holes tied for 12th place. He was one over par with a first-round 73, then shot a 74 in the second 18 holes to position himself to compete for a top-10 finish on Sunday.
Freshman Mathias Bunaes fired his second-best round of the year en route to a tie for sixth place in the opening round of play. Bunaes shot an even-par 72 for his second consecutive round at par. He then shot a second-round 76 to finish the day in a tie for 15th place, four strokes over par, ten shots back of Clayton State University's Fredrik Lindblom. Lindblom holds a three-stroke advantage on the rest of the field heading into Sunday's final round and sits at six under.
King's Taylor Gouge shot a 160 over the first 36 holes, while Leennawat Numpituckchaikul finished the first two rounds in 162 strokes. Cody Boyer filled out King's contingent at the tournament with a 165 over the first two rounds.
The Tornado are tied with Georgia Southwestern State University for 13th overall with a team score of 613, 30 strokes off the pace. Georgia College leads the tournament with a 583, four strokes clear of Columbus State University.
The tournament will resume tomorrow for the final 18 holes of play.