BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's golf team finished last season on a high note and head coach Brian Kamm hopes the Tornado pick up this season where they left off a season ago. Kamm will have to replace some firepower from last season, but he returns two of his top three performers that should help led the team in 2015-16.
King turned in their best team finish since joining Conference Carolinas, finishing second, only five strokes behind the conference champion. The second place finish was highlighted by four Tornado in the top 15, including King's first individual conference champion, Ross Maietta. Despite the departure of Maietta, the Tornado return two of the four players that finished in the top 15.
The returning group is led by senior Leennawat Numpituckchaikul who finished 12th at the conference championships a season ago. The Bangkok, Thailand native led the Tornado with a 73.68 stroke average, posting a pair of top five's, including individual medalist honors at the Hargett Memorial Invitational. He will be joined by junior Mathias Bunaes who was third on the team with a stroke average of 75.16 last year. The Oslo, Norway native finished 13th at the conference championships and posted his best finish of the year, 11th at the King University Invitational.
Along with that duo, seniors Sam Hobday and Jake Stone also return for the Tornado. Hobday played in 19 rounds a season ago and averaged 78.05 strokes per round. His best finish of the season came at the King University Invitational where he finished sixth. Stone only played in one tournament for King, the King University Invitational. Parker Sammons, a sophomore also comes back for the Tornado after playing in on tournament as a freshman.
Joining this group and fighting for time will be a quintet of freshmen. This group includes Robert Wilkinson, Cole Peevy, Kesley March, Wataru Koguchi and Thomas Jackson. Redshirt freshman Arthitayapong Sripatrprasite will also vie for time in the King starting lineup.
King opens the season at the Kiawah Island Invitational, as they will play at the Osprey Point Golf Club on September 14-15. The Tornado then host their annual King University Invitational on September 28-29 at the Country Club of Bristol. The Conference Carolinas Championship will be played at the Champions Course at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. on April 17-19.