The job ahead for two-time defending Division II national golf champion Barry University just got a lot more difficult.
Adam Svensson, the Buccaneers’ top player and the nation’s No. 1-ranked Division II player a year ago, officially announced Tuesday that he is leaving the team and will start his professional career.
“My gut was telling me it was the right time to make the move and turn professional,” Svensson said. “I feel my game is ready to be pushed to the next level, and I am excited to challenge myself against the best players in professional golf.”
Svensson, a junior from Surrey, Vancouver, British Columbia, has won nine individual tournament championships of 14 he has competed in during his career at Barry.
He departs Barry with full respect for the golf team and program and says his teammates understand his decision and that they are supportive of him
“They are happy for me,” he said, “and I will always be watching them.”
Said Barry coach Jimmy Stobs: “I have always been Adam’s biggest fan and will continue to be.”
Can Barry win a national title without him?
“Of course,” Svensson said. “They have outstanding players.”
Currently, Barry is ranked No. 2 in the nation for the season behind Broward County rival Nova Southeastern.
The national championship tournament will be held May 18 through May 22 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Hickory, North Carolina.
This past summer, Svensson thought about turning pro, making a few appearances in professional tournaments while playing as an amateur. One of the reasons he stayed: “My game was always getting better at Barry.”
So, he decided to return to the school.
His playing time with Barry this season was limited as he played in a few national and international amateur tournaments during the school year.
But for Barry he did win the individual title in the Guy Harvey Invitational at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens and the Matlock Collegiate Classic at Lone Palm Country Club in Lakeland.
Among Svensson’s achievements while at Barry, he shot a school- and course-record 10-under-par 61 in the second round of last year’s Buccaneer Invitational at Normandy Shores Golf Club in Miami Beach. He finished that round with six consecutive threes.
SprotBox Entertainment Group will represent Svensson and has already secured several sponsors.
Although no playing schedule has been set up, Svensson expects to start his pro career mainly with events on the Canadian Tour and Web.com Tour.
“I feel my game is ready to be pushed to the next level,” Svensson said.
THAT’S A FACT, JACK
Tiger Woods once owned the Official World Golf Rankings.
He is the all-time leader in number of weeks at No. 1 at 683 and is also the all-time leader in consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 281.
After this past week’s PGA event, Woods is ranked 87th in the world.
Woods, plagued by bad golf and a bad back, has given no indication when he will return to the PGA Tour. There are serious doubts about whether he will play in the fast-approaching Masters (April 9-12). Woods is a four-time winner of the Masters.