After a very successful amateur career, Adam Svensson is going to tee it up as a professional golfer.
The 21 year-old Surrey native announced his decision in Florida Tuesday, where he was attending Barry University.
“After winning my last two college tournaments, I had a gut feeling it was time,” Svensson said of his decision. “I felt I was ready, but it was a family decision.”
Svensson was in his Junior year with the Barry Buccaneers golf team, and last month carded rounds of 67-67-70 in Lakeland, Florida to win the Matlock Collegiate Classic by two strokes.
It would be the ninth, and last, victory for Svensson in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) competition.
In his first two seasons at Barry, he was a member of NCAA championship teams. He won the Phil Mickelson Award as the Most Outstanding Freshmen in the national in 2013, and followed that up by winning seven tournaments in the sophomore season, setting school records for wins in a single season and a career.
He won the 2013-14 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year award, and is a two-time NCAA First-Team All-American.
“I made a lot of good friends here, and the coach (Jimmy Stobs) was awesome,” Svensson said. “The boys are happy for me, and they’ll be fine.”
The graduate of Earl Marriott Secondary won his first major tournament in 2007 as a 13-year-old, becoming the B.C. Bantam Boys champion.
He went on to win a pair of British Columbia Junior championships and the 2010 B.C. Amateur championship.
Svensson turned pro by signing with SportBox Entertainment Group, and has sponsorship agreements with Acushnet/Titleist, J. Lindeberg and Freedom 55 Financial.
His schedule for 2015 has yet to be determined, but he will play in tournaments on the the Web.com Tour south of the border and the PGA TOUR Canada.