NINETY SIX, S.C. – The King University men's golf team finished in a tie for 11th place at the Lander University Bearcat Golf Classic over the weekend, propelled by a pair of strong individual performances in the three-round, two-day format.
Ross Maietta led the Tornado by tying for a 12th place finish, his best performance since finishing sixth at the two-round King University Invitational in September. Maietta fired a second-round 74 sandwiched between two rounds of 73 strokes to finish four-over par for the tournament. It was his second-best finish and second-best score to par of the season.
Freshman Mathias Bunaes finished at +5, just one stroke back of Maietta to finish in a tie for 14th. He had never finished higher than 27th position in his young King career, yet positioned himself for a solid finish with a first-round 72 on Saturday. He was four-over par in Saturday's second round, but rebounded with a 73 in Sunday's final 18 holes. Bunaes' score to par was his best of the season by five strokes and includes both two- and three-round tournaments.
Taylor Gouge had a difficult first day of play, shooting an 81 and 79 in the first two rounds, before a strong final round score of 74 to finish the tournament in 234 strokes. King's contingent was rounded out by Leennawat Numpituckchaikul and Cody Boyer, who shot 233 and 238, respectively.
The tournament was won by Clayton State University's Frekrik Lindbolm, who was four strokes under par over three rounds. Georgia State's Bryan Fox and Columbus State University's Jack Stumpfig finished one stroke back. Georgia State won the team title in 873 strokes, eight strokes ahead of Columbus State and 12 strokes clear of the University of Montevallo. King tied with Georgia Southwestern State University for 11th place at 914 strokes.
King will return to action on Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1 at the North Greenville Cliffs Championship in South Carolina.