Experienced Tornado ready to kickoff 2014-15 season

Experienced Tornado ready to kickoff 2014-15 season

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's golf team looks to rebound from their 2013-14 season after taking fifth at the Conference Carolinas Championships. King will be very experienced this coming year, returning their top four from a season ago who will all have the same goal, a Conference Carolinas championship.

Among the nine tournaments that were played, the Tornado's best team finish came at the Richard Randleman Invitational in Salisbury, North Carolina where they finished fourth out of 18 teams. The season came to an end when they finished fifth at the Conference Carolinas Championship. Individually, the best finish of the year came when Leennawat Numpituckchaikul completed the Conference Carolinas Championship in fifth place.

Head coach Brian Kamm returns nearly everyone from last season's team, including Numpituckchaikul who averaged 74.70 strokes per round. Mathias Bunaes, who averaged 75.80 and Ross Maietta who averaged 76.25 also return for the Tornado. Among the three of them, six top-10 finishes were recorded with Numpituckchaikul tallying three top-10 finishes. A plethora of seniors return which includes Maietta, John Scott, Taylor Gouge and Michael Chua will compete with juniors Jake Stone and Sam Hobday for time in the rotation. This group will be joined by newcomers Parker Sammons and Phum Athitayapong Sripatrprasite.

"I have seven juniors and seniors so I expect our year to be much better this year," Kamm said. "We are really looking at the leadership of Ross, John and Taylor our seniors can come through and lead the team. [Leennawat] and Mathias coming back, after leading the team in scoring a season ago and we're looking for them to play well."

King tees off the 2014-15 season in Kiawah Island, South Carolina for the Kiawah Island Invitational September 15-16. The Tornado then return home to their home course, the Country Club of Bristol to host the King University Invitational on September 29-30.