The Barry University men’s golf team took its first postseason step Tuesday in attempting to repeat as the Division II national champions.
Barry, ranked No. 1 in the nation and led by Adam Svensson, won the Sunshine State Championship title by 18 strokes over Saint Leo at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, a 7,072-yard par-72 course, in Dade City. Barry totaled a 19-under-par 845 team total for the tournament and recorded a school-record sixth tournament victory of the season.
“I told the guys that finishing on top in invitationals is nice, but now is when it counts,” Barry coach Jimmy Stobs said. “The Sunshine State Conference is a very strong conference and that makes it even a nicer victory.”
Svensson, a sophomore, continued his dominant play for the season, totaling 7-under 209 for three rounds and recording his seventh tournament victory of the season, also a school record. Svensson shot a 3-under-par 69 in Tuesday’s final round.
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Svensson recorded four birdies in Tuesday’s round, which was delayed for 96 minutes by a lightning storm.
Saint Leo’s Joey Savoie was the individual runner-up, two shots back of Svensson at 211 after a 70 in Tuesday’s round.
Barry freshman Mario Beltran, shooting even-par 72 on Tuesday, tied for third with Nova Southeastern’s Ricardo Celia at 3-under 213. Bucs senior Jared Dalga tied for sixth at 1-under 215 with a 73 Tuesday.
Barry advances to the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional on May 5-7 in Savannah, Ga.
• The Barry women tied for third in the women’s portion of the Sunshine State Conference tournament with a 302 total at Dade City.
• The Nova Southeastern women’s golf team tied for third and the men placed fourth at the Sunshine State Conference Championships.
Junior Liliana Cammisa shot a 223 to place seventh for the Sharks, who tied with Barry to finish behind Lynn and Rollins.
Senior Ricardo Celia finished with his second straight round under par for a 213, good for a tie for third place. The men finished behind Barry, Saint Leo and Lynn.