Adam Svensson breaks university golf record, wins NCAA tournament

South Surrey golfer Adam Svensson chips a shot out of a bunker during a tournament earlier this season. Svensson has won five events this year, setting a Barry University record. - Barry University photo
South Surrey golfer Adam Svensson chips a shot out of a bunker during a tournament earlier this season. Svensson has won five events this year, setting a Barry University record.
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To suggest Earl Marriott grad Adam Svensson is merely having a good university golf season is something of an understatement.

And if there was any doubt of that, the 20-year-old Barry University sophomore quashed it last weekend in Eatonton, Georgia, when he won his fifth NCAA Div. 2 golf tournament of the season, carding a three-under-par 67 in the final round of the Bobcat Invitational.

Svensson was the only golfer in the 93-player field to break par for the 36-hole tournament, finishing at one-under par. He also had a tourney-best eight birdies. The tournament’s third round was cancelled due to weather.

Svensson’s five victories set an all-time school record for career wins. He’d already set Barry’s single-season wins mark when he won his fourth tournament earlier this month in Austin, Texas.

“It feels pretty good to break the record,” Svensson said. “It was brutal conditions, and I just kind of stuck in there. It’s a special win, knowing that it’s a record-setting win for Barry.”

He is currently the NCAA Div. 2’s top-ranked male golfer, and the Barry Buccaneers are the No. 1-rated team in the United States.

And for Svensson – who transferred to the Miami Shores, Fla. school last year after originally committing to Div. 1 University of Nevada-Las Vegas – the secret to his recent success on the links is about as simple as can be.

“Not making bogeys,” he told Peace Arch News last week, when asked what the key to his game has been of late.

Aside from that, he said not much has changed in his game this season, though he admitted his confidence on the course is as high as it’s ever been, thanks in large part to extended work with his Barry University coach Jimmy Stobs.

“I’ve been working a lot down here in Miami… trying to keep the ball in the middle of the fairways, playing conservative, and just letting the birdies happen,” Svensson said.

“I’ve been playing pretty well lately, so I’m pretty happy.”

For Svensson, who enrolled at Barry for the last year’s spring semester just in time to help the school to a national Div. 2 championship, being on such a red-hot streak is nothing new. It compares, he said, to the run he went on in the summer of 2010.

That summer, then 16 years old, he won a B.C. Junior Golf championship, a B.C. amateur championship and a Callaway Junior World Championship all within the span of a month.

“That was similar, it felt kind of the same,” he recalled, adding that the experience he gained as a junior golfer is helping him now in high-pressure tournaments.

“Mostly, it’s all just about getting more experience, and knowing what to do in certain situations,” he said. “But those big tournaments helped me a lot, experience-wise.”

Next up for Svensson and his Barry teammates is their school’s own tournament, the Bucanner Invitational, set for March 31-April 1 at the Normandy Shores Golf Club in Miami Beach.

“I’m… looking forward to the break before we play at home,” he said.

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