Thompson played his high school golf at McMinn County High School and will complete his second year at Walters State this spring. He was an honorable mention junior college All-American as a freshman for the Senators.
“Ryne is a great addition to our program, and I am looking forward to him joining our roster next fall,” said Maupin. “He has played for one of the best junior college programs in the country in Walters State, and has also been able to get guidance from a great coach, Bill Gardener.
“Ryne will bring some much-needed experience to our roster next season, having already played two years of collegiate golf. He has experience competing on the national stage, and has already proven that he can shoot low rounds at the collegiate level.”
Maupin added, “In addition to being a great player, Ryne has also shown the dedication that it takes to be a true student athlete by performing well in the classroom. I believe competing for Lee is something that means a lot to him, and I expect him to make a big impact on our program.”
The latest signee listed several reasons for signing the grant-in-aid with the Flames. “I love the campus and I really wanted to be a part of the golf program,” he explained. “Coach Maupin is a great coach and I’m excited to play with the extremely talented players the program has.”
Not only is Thompson an NJCAA All-American, he was also named a TCCAA Distinguished Scholar-Athlete for 2012-13. He considered an offer from Tusculum College before deciding to make Lee his new home.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the golf program and to be a part of a great school,” Thompson added. “I hope to come in and contribute to the golf team in any way I can.”