Surrey’s Adam Svensson to give it the old college try in Florida
B.C. golf notebook: Canadian junior champ signs on with NCAA Div. 2 powerhouse Barry University
VANCOUVER — It is happening later than he’d hoped and in a different location, but two-time B.C. Junior champion Adam Svensson of Surrey is finally about to begin his collegiate golf career.
Svensson is joining Barry University, a small private Catholic school located near Miami in south Florida that has been a NCAA Division 2 golf powerhouse in recent years .
“We are very excited about him joining the program,” Barry golf coach Jimmy Stobs said Wednesday. “We have a strong team already and he’s just going to make us even stronger.”
Svensson, a former Canadian junior champion who celebrated his 19th birthday on New Year’s Eve, had planned to attend the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on a full ride scholarship this past fall. But he lost that opportunity when he was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA even though UNLV had assured Svensson he had completed all necessary course work to gain entrance.
Having done additional work this fall, Svensson is now eligible to play collegiate golf. But most of the big Division 1 schools are full, so Svensson decided to join a strong Division 2 school.
Stobs is happy to have him.
“I saw Adam for the first time out in San Diego in 2010 when he won the (Callaway) Junior Worlds,” Stobs said. “That was the first time I saw him, he was a junior in high school and I was very impressed with what I saw and with his whole demeanor.
“Obviously he was someone who I would have wanted on my team, but I knew the big Division 1 schools would be after him, which thewy were. This past fall i found out there was an (academics) issue and I found out he was available. I contacted him immediately and I told him what i had to offer and we hit it off right away.”
Barry, which has fewer than 4,000 full-time students, won the 2007 Division 2 national title and has come close several times since then. It is currently ranked second nationally.
Svensson’s first tournament figures to come early next month at Florida Southern University’s annual event in Lakeland, Fla.
FULL FAIRWAYS: Some played in fog so thick it was almost impossible to see your target and many had to endure frost delays. But it didn’t matter. Lots of local golfers started 2013 with a round of golf of Tuesday.
“We were very busy on New Year’s Day,” David O’Connor, manager of golf operations for the City of Burnaby, said Wednesday. “We were booked right up at both courses (Riverway and Burnaby Mountain) so we are pretty excited about it. It’s a good start to the year.”
O’Connor said Burnaby Mountain and Riverway logged more than 230 total rounds on New Year’s Day.
“In past years, even if the weather was above average on New Year’s Day you would have been at 50 per cent or 75 per cent occupancy, but to be at 100 per cent and be turning people away is a positive sign.”
It was the same story at many other Metro Vancouver courses. Northview in Surrey had plenty of traffic on its two courses on New Year’s Day and had almost 200 players tee it up.
Meadow Gardens in Pitt Meadows ran a New Year’s Day shotgun start and filled it with 144 players. Kings Links in Delta had another in its long run of annual Polar Bear tournaments.
NICE ADDITION: The creation of Team RBC has been one of the main reasons why fields for the RBC Canadian Open have improved in recent years.
Canada’s largest bank has signed some big-name players to its team in recent years and is apparently adding another one.
Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion from Northern Ireland, notified his followers on Twitter on New Year’s Day that he has joined Team RBC and would be adding the RBC Canadian Open and RBC Heritage tourney in South Carolina to his playing schedule this year.
McDowell joins a RBC stable of players that includes reigning British Open champion Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Mike Weir and LPGA star Morgan Pressel.
This year’s RBC Canadian Open is being played at Glen Abbey near Toronto.
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