Nov. 18, 2013
The Tennessee men's golf program started building its 2014 signing class this week, as head coach Jim Kelson announced Monday that Kristian Johannessen, Lorenzo Scalise, and Jordan Gumberg all signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Tennessee and play for the Volunteers in the 2014-15 season.
"We feel very fortunate to attract Lorenzo, Kristian, and Jordan to our program," Kelson said. "All three of these players possess the attributes we are looking for in our men's golf program at the University of Tennessee."
Johannessen is currently the No. 19 ranked golfer in Europe and is from Hokksund, Norway. Scalise is currently the No. 28 ranked golfer in Europe and is from Milan, Italy. Gumberg is the lone American in the 2014 signing class, hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"In our opinion from a pure talent perspective, both Kristian and Lorenzo would be among the top 20 players in the world for their age group. These recruits have proven that they can play and succeed at the level we need to become a top program with the SEC.
"We owe a debt of gratitude for all of the staff at the University of Tennessee that assisted in the recruitment of these fine young men."
All three signees plan to enroll at UT in the fall.
The native of Hokksund, Norway is currently the No. 202 ranked amateur in the world as well as the No. 19 ranked amateur golfer in Europe. He recently finished tied for 16th in the Spirit International Amateur Championship featuring the best amateurs from around the world. Johannessen tied for third at both the 2013 Lytham Trophy Amateur Championship (one of the most prestigious men's amateur events in the world) and the 2013 Camp Arcas Open. Earlier this year he participated for his country (Norway) in the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy. He won the Canadian International Junior Championship back in 2011. He finished fifth at the 2013 Skandia Junior Open, won the 2013 Team Norway Junior Tour Finale, tied for ninth in the Junior Players Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas golf, and tied for fourth at the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. He also Johannessen also tied for 27th in Stroke Play portion of the 2013 European Boys Team Championship while helping his team to a runner-up title.
The native of Milan, Italy is currently the No. 431 ranked amateur in the world as well as the No. 28 ranked amateur golfer in Europe. Scalise's top finish came at the prestigious 2013 Carris Trophy event in Great Britian where he finished fourth. He finished runner-up in Stroke Play at the 2013 Italian International Amateur, tied for third in the 2013 Italian Boys U-18 Stroke Play, tied for 12th at the Doral-Publix Junior Classic and was runner-up in Italian Stroke Play at the 2013 Franco Bevione Trophy. Scalise also helped Italy capture the Stroke Play portion of the 2013 European Boys Team Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Gumberg has emerged on the scene as an up-and-coming golfer. The native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently finished tied for 10th in the Florida State High School 1A Championship after capturing the District and Regional individual championships. Gumberg has had some impressive finishes on the 2013 Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT). Gumberg has placed third in the FCWT at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, third at the FCWT at Championsgate, and fifth at the FCWT at Inverrary Golf Club. In 2012, Gumberg finished 40th in one of the top junior events in the world, The Junior Jones Cup Invitational. He also was the champion of the Knoxville Junior Open on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and placed fifteenth in the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook in 2013.