Numpituckchaikul leads Tornado in Smoky Mountain first round

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. –The King University men's golf team opened their season on Monday at the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate hosted by Carson-Newman University. The Tornado carded a 309 in the first round, and were led by sophomore Leennawat Numpituckchaikul who shot a 74.

Numpituckchaikul carded an even-par 36 on the front nine, and followed that with a two-over 38 on the back to end with a 74 to land him in 18th place. Playing in his first collegiate tournament, Mathias Buanes is in 35th place after carding a 76 in the first round. The freshman shot 39 on the front nine, and improved that with a one-over 37 on the back nine.

John Scott wasn't far behind, shooting 78 in the first round. Scott improved his front nine score of 44 with a two-under 34 on the back nine. Ross Maietta and Michael Chua rounded out the team with scores of 81 and 83, respectively.

After the first of two rounds of the 18-team tournament, King is in 14th place with a total of 309. Clayton State University holds the lead after the first round with a score of 286 while Queens University (N.C.) is second at 294, and Limestone College is third at 295.

The Smoky Mountain Invitational concludes tomorrow at Sevierville Golf Club.