Brian Kamm has collected a wealth of experience over the last 30 years of his professional and amateur golf career that he has used to steadily build the King University golf program to its status today. A former golfer on the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, Kamm has laid the foundation and is beginning to enjoy the fruits of success in his fifth year with both the men’s and women’s programs.
Individual golfers highlight King's 2013-14 season, led by Leennawat Numpituckchaikul on the men's side and Elizabeth Swallow on the women's side. Swallow placed in the top-10 in all but one tournament she entered and became the first women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships, qualifying for the NCAA South Regional as an individual. At the regional, Swallow finished 24th, marking her only finish not in the top-10. She won five tournaments, including the Conference Carolinas championship. As a team, the Tornado women placed fourth at the Conference Carolinas Championships. On the other side, Numpituckchaikul turned in three top-10 performances as he started the season with a ninth place finish at the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate. He led the Tornado to a fifth place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championships as he finish fifth as an individual.
In 2012-13, Kamm guided the women's team to a second place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championship, in just their second year in the league. The Tornado were led by freshman Elizabeth Swallow who finished third at the conference championship and was in the top-10 in all but one tournament, including a pair of second place finishes. Swallow was named first team All-Conference Carolinas while Esther Gandarias earned Academic All-Conference Caroinas honors. Cortnee Young came away with a tournament title at the Converse Invitational.
On the men's side, the Tornado were ranked in Golfstat's top-25 most of the year, while winning two tournaments and finishing second in two others. King won the Lincoln Memorial Invitational and the Barton Invitational while finishing second at both the King Invitational and the Spring Kickoff Invitational. Under Kamm's tutelage, Richard Powell became the first King golfer to be selected to the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships. John Scott also posted a school record 66 at the Richard Rendleman Invitational while Taylor Gouge won the King Invitational after shooting (68-69).
The 2011-12 season began with headlines that Kamm’s No. 1 on the men’s side, Adrian Kibsey, qualified to compete for the Canadian Amateur National Championship. The Tornado kicked off the fall season with one of its three wins on the men’s side at the North Greenville Invitational. Kamm saw three of his golfers named to All-Conference teams prior to taking to top-5 finishes away from their first Conference Carolinas Golf Championship appearance. Six of his golfers were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team and Josh Bamberger was named Scholar Athlete of the Year in men’s golf.
Kamm began his profession career on the PGA Tour in 1990 and was inside the top 100 players on the Tour Money list for three years between 1993 and 1995. He also finished inside the top-10 on the Nationwide Tour Money List in 1992 and 1997. Kamm claimed a victory in the 1997 Honda International, held in Guadalajara, Mexico, competing amongst some of the top professionals on the Tour, at that time. He also took home a win at the Ben Hogan Panama City Beach Classic, in 1992.
He began his amateur career in 1981 where he placed third in the New York State Amateur competition that year. He played as an amateur until 1984. In that time, Kamm won the 1983 Monroe Invitational in addition to medaling and placing as a quarterfinalist in the Western Am in 1984.
Kamm played his collegiate golf at Florida State University from 1979 to 1984 where he played alongside of PGA Tour greats Paul Azinger, Jeff Sluman and Nolan Henke. Kamm took home first place in the Seminole Intercollegiate Championship and in the Metro Conference Championship in 1984, the same year he was named a NCAA All-American.
Kamm worked with and learned from golfing legend David Ledbetter for 16 years in addition to working with top sport psychologist Dr. Bob Rottella for five years.
He graduated from Florida State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relations. Kamm is originally from Rochester, N.Y. and is married to his wife Yvette. Together, they have a daughter Brandy (26) and a son, Michael (24). The couple currently resides in Bluff City, Tennessee.