Freshman Juuso Kahlos continues the summer of success for the UCF men's golf team, winning the Audi Finnish Tour 4 Match Play Championship in Joroinen, Finland, on Thursday.
The accomplishment comes after three Knights participated in the 120th British Amateur Championship last month, with sophomore Ryan Stovash as one of 12 Americans in the 288-player field.
Kahlos managed his way through three rounds before advancing through the quarterfinal and semifinal in sudden death, defeating three professional golfers along the way. The No. 1698 amateur golfer in the world, according to World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the final 5&4, which means he was ahead by five points with four holes remaining, and was crowned champion of the 74-player field.
The Espoo, Finland, native only participated in four of the Knights' 10 events in the 2014-15 season and averaged a team-worst 76.4 strokes per 18 holes.
He began his summer with a bang as he participated in the Audi Finnish Tour 1 Sharp Open May 24 through May 26 and tied for eighth with an 11-over. UCF senior and fellow Finnish native Linus Vaisanen won the tournament with a 5-under performance.
The prestigious St Andrews Links Trophy 2015 was his next stop. The tournament attracts the top amateurs in the world and takes place at St Andrews in Scotland, one of the world's oldest golf clubs.
He finished 4-over and tied for 108th out of 144 golfers. UCF sophomore Federico Zucchetti won the tournament as he posted 2-under par.
UCF's 2015-16 golf schedule has not been released, but the team is expected to swing back into action in September. The team will lose graduating seniors Jose Joia and Vaisanen, who led the team in scoring average last season.
Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JHeil11 or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.