Mathias Bunæs is an Operations specialist working on our operational processes and is an expert guiding our students through the administrative process. He joined our team in July 2019.
Mathias Bunæs spent his college career at King University in Bristol, Tennessee. Mathias played golf for King “Tornado” in NCAA Division 2 and already his Freshman year he established himself as a key player on the team. In April 2017 he finished his bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Economics. Mathias did very well academically at King, especially his last two years putting up a GPA of 3.9.
Mathias also had a good golf career prior to his time in the U.S. He spent his high school years at NTG (Norwegian High School for Top Athletes) and was part of the Norwegian Golf Federation’s development groups for several years. He has some great results on his resume including 5th place in U19 Norwegian Championship, bronze medal in Norwegian Team Championship and he finished 2nd on the Titleist Tour order of merit in 2012 including one 1st place finish.
CSUSA helped Mathias on his journey to King University in 2013 and after 4 years he has several achievements to show for: “Conference Carolinas Player of the Week”, “Academic All-Conference” and as a freshman he was selected for “Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team” after his first conference championship. Mathias played a total of 62 competitive rounds for King and despite a tough last year he finished his college career with an average score of 75.7.
“Life as a student-athlete in the U.S is an experience that I miss and will cherish for the rest of my life. Deciding to move away from my friends and family in Norway was tough, but it led to so many good memories and experiences. As a student-athlete you become part of a great environment and you will build strong relationships with teammates, coaches and other people you meet during your time there. Throughout my four years I often had to remind myself how lucky I was. Getting to play your sport while getting a degree and experiencing a new country and culture really is a unique opportunity”
FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE USA:
Nashville, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida
FAVOURITE FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETE:
Tiger Woods (Stanford University)
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN COLLEGE CAREER:
During the first round of our home tournament my sophomore year I was 2 over par after 9 holes. Coach expected better and wasn’t too happy with me at that point. I finished the round 3 under par and his reaction and the look on his face when I gave him my scorecard was priceless.
Road trips with the team were always great. Long bus rides are usually boring but spending several hours on the bus with coach and my teammates was always a lot of fun. Some of my greatest memories from college happened during these road trips.
“I love to compete. That’s the essence of who I am.” – Tiger Woods