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Barry University could repeat as national champs if team conquers complacency

 

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Barry University finished last golf season by winning the Division II national championship tournament after being ranked No. 1 for much of the season.

This season, Barry started the year ranked No. 1 and won in its opening tournament, the Brickyard Classic in Indianapolis.

Things couldn’t get much better, it would seem.

Particularly since coach Jimmy Stobs says this year’s team is “. . . the strongest team I’ve had on paper. It should be the best team ever at Barry.”

Should be or will be?

Stobs, a meticulous sort, doesn’t take anything for granted. At the risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer, he says his team must fight one demon — complacency.

“A lot of success can create complacency,” Stobs said. “You see that all the time. Any team or person coming off a championship faces complacency.

“You have to get that fire burning again and it’s not always easy.”

The Bucs are stacked with talent.

At No. 1, and the individual winner of the Brickyard tournament, is Adam Svensson.

All Svensson did in that event was shoot an 8-under-par 856 as the Bucs defeated runner-up Central Missouri by two strokes.

Svensson, from Vancouver, British Colombia, set a school record for a 54-hole event with a 14-under total.

Contributing to the win was Jared Dalga in a tie for third, Marcelo Huarte and Mario Beltran in a tie for 24th and Scott Smyers in 29th.

Finishing in the top 10 in the team standings at the Brickyard were two other South Florida schools — longtime Barry rival Nova Southeastern in third and Lynn University in seventh.

“We’re good but you have to go out and prove it,” Stobs said of his veteran team.

MIAMIAN TRIUMPHS

Peter Horrobin of Miami won the 10th annual Tire Kingdom Tour Championship this past weekend in Palm Beach Gardens by shooting a 6-under 66 for a 141 total on the Sunrise Course at the Country Club of Mirasol.

Horrobin beat Roger Kennedy, who shot a 68 in the final round, by one stroke.

Horrobin had rounds of 75-76 and Kennedy shot 74-68.

DORAL UPDATE

The remaking of Doral’s Blue Monster continues, and it’s right on schedule. The course should be ready to play in three months or less.

That’s plenty of time before the world’s best pros arrive in March for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Darrin Helfrick is the general manager of golf at Trump National Doral (the new official name for the Doral complex) and has had a few visits from his boss, Donald Trump, and says Trump is “. . . is thrilled with the way it’s going.”

THAT’S A FACT, JACK

It’s really difficult to count them, but there are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

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