Men's Golf: Svensson Shoots School & Course Record 61

Adam Svensson shot a school- and course-record 61 in the second round of the Buccaneer Invitational at Normandy Shores Golf Club. Photo by Eric Patrick

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Barry University sophomore Adam Svensson (Surrey Vancouver, B.C.) shot a course-record 10-under 61 at Normandy Shores Golf Club in Monday’s second round of the Buccaneer Invitational presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Svensson, last year’s Phil Mickelson award winner, given to the top freshman in NCAA Division II, finished the second round with a birdie, par, birdie, eagle, par and eagle to cap of his school record-breaking low round. He shot 64 earlier this spring to set the school record for lowest round.

Svensson is the clubhouse leader at 12-under 69-61 -- 130. He holds an eight-stroke lead over Saint Leo’s Joey Savoie and Chico State’s Alistair Docherty. Svensson packaged 10 birdies with his two second-round eagles to shoot a tournament-best 7-under on par-5 scoring holes. He also leads the 14-team, 82-player field in par-4 holes at 4-under. He was 1-under on par 3s. Svensson had nine 3s in his record-breaking round.

“He has a lot of talent,” Barry coach Jimmy Stobs said. “The golf course today lent itself to a low score, and he was able to do it. You still have to hit the shots and make the putts, and he was able to do it. He likes this golf course a lot.”

Svensson's 61 is lower than some of golf's biggest names, including Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Peter Thomson, who've played the Normandy Shores course.

The No. 1-ranked Buccaneers shot a school-record 270 in the second round to take a 15-stroke lead over Saint Leo entering Tuesday’s final round. The Bucs’ 270 matched the tournament record set last year by Nova Southeastern. Johnson & Wales (Fla.) is third at 3-over 571. Nova is fourth at 4-over 572.

The Buccaneers were the only team under par after the first day.

Barry sophomore Nico Cavero, playing as an individual, is tied for fourth with Wilmington’s Andrew Baldo and Nova Southeastern’s Santiago Gomez at 3-under 139. Cavero shot the low round of the opening round when he used three birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free round to fire a career-best 66.

Bucs senior Scott Smyers and junior John Yu, also playing as an individual, are tied for seventh at 2-under 140. Smyers shot 1-over in the first round before recording a 3-under 68 in the second. His 68 is a season low. Yu made three birdies in the opening round to shoot par, and sank four more in the second for a career-low 2-under 69.

Barry junior Berry Jole shot 68 in the second round to put himself in a tie for ninth at 1-under 141. His 12 birdies in the opening two rounds lead the field. Buccaneers senior Jared Dalga and freshman Patrick Murray, playing as an individual, are tied for 27th at 2-over 144. Dalga shot 71-73, and was 1-under on par-3 holes. Murray put together back-to-back 72s, establishing a personal season-low. He leads the field with 29 pars.

Bucs freshman Mario Beltran is tied for 36th at 147 after shooting par in the opening round and 76 in the second. Playing as individuals, Barry senior Marcelo Huarte is 52nd at 151, following a 74-77 first day, and freshman Eirik Groenhaug is tied for 70th at 157. He shot 76 in the opening round.   

“Overall, I was pleased with the team’s play,” Stobs said. “We got off to a slow start this morning, but the guys battled back. They started making things happen this afternoon, and now we’ve put ourselves in a position to win it.”

Tuesday's final round tee times begin at 7:35 a.m. The leaders are set to go off at 12:05 p.m.

BUCCANEER INVITATIONAL        
Normandy Shores GC       Miami Beach, FL
Dates: 03/31 - 04/01     (Today:04-01-2014)
Par:        71                
Yardage:  6733                

      FINQ   School                   Scores  

         1   Barry University              283  270    553
         1    Adam Svensson            69   61    130
      T  7    Scott Smyers             72   68    140
      T  9    Berry Jole               73   68    141
      T 28    Jared Dalga              71   73    144
      T 37    Mario Beltran            71   76    147

         2   Saint Leo University          282  286    568
      T  2    Joey Savoie              69   69    138
      T 13    Ryan Gendron             71   71    142
      T 20    Trevor Joseph            73   70    143
      T 37    Liam Ainsworth           71   76    147
      T 65    Chaz Heinz               71   84    155

         3   Johnson & Wales U-FL          282  289    571
      T  9    Matt Morin               67   74    141
      T 13    Peter French             70   72    142
      T 20    Damon Salo               71   72    143
      T 30    Harrison Steel           74   71    145
      T 49    Lasse Gerhardsen         74   76    150

         4   Nova Southeastern U.          283  289    572
      T  4    Santiago Gomez           69   70    139
      T 13    Mitch Farrer             70   72    142
        36    Ricardo Celia            72   74    146
      T 37    Hunter O'Mahony          72   75    147
      T 37    Ian Facey                74   73    147

      T  5   Florida Tech                  282  294    576
      T 13    Justin Kalanquin         69   73    142
      T 20    Ray Badenhorst           70   73    143
      T 30    Ryan Carter              71   74    145
      T 43    Bret Krog                74   74    148
      T 54    Joe Ellis                72   80    152

      T  5   Chico State                   282  294    576
      T  2    Alistair Docherty        67   71    138
      T 30    Lee Gearhart             73   72    145
      T 43    Justin Wiles             71   77    148
      T 46    Will Flitcroft           75   74    149
      T 49    Ricky Owaki              71   79    150

      T  5   St. Edward's U.               288  288    576
      T  9    Enrique Livas            72   69    141
      T 20    Brian Smith              69   74    143
      T 20    Jose A. Hernandez        73   70    143
      T 49    Dillon Van Essen         75   75    150
      T 65    Andres Rodas             74   81    155

         8   Montevallo, U of              291  289    580
      T 13    Juan Noce                74   68    142
      T 20    Dalton Skinner           72   71    143
      T 20    Davis Bowyer             67   76    143
      T 56    Nick Davis               78   75    153
        80    Jordan Campbell          88   75    163

         9   Wilmington (DE)               291  294    585
      T  4    Andrew Baldo             69   70    139
      T 30    Andreas Lunding          71   74    145
      T 30    Jerry Temple, Jr.        75   70    145
      T 69    Sam Clark                76   80    156
      T 78    Matt DiEleuterio         77   84    161

        10   Valdosta St. U.               302  292    594
      T 13    John Fordham             71   71    142
      T 20    Alex Jones               75   68    143
      T 59    Michael Nutter           78   76    154
      T 69    Florian Schmiedel        78   78    156
      T 76    Austin McNeill           83   77    160

        11   Eastern Florida State         295  300    595
      T 30    Brad Gray                69   76    145
      T 37    Arthur Leonard           71   76    147
      T 54    Kyle Benson              78   74    152
      T 59    Nick Maynard             77   77    154
      T 59    Drew Cooke               80   74    154

        12   Colorado-CO Springs           302  295    597
      T 13    Stephen Cook             72   70    142
      T 37    Patrick Skakel           74   73    147
      T 59    Joey Hearn               77   77    154
      T 59    Zach Tripp               79   75    154
      T 78    Dylan Mitchell           83   78    161

        13   Georgia Southwestern          302  298    600
      T  9    Anders Olsson            73   68    141
      T 43    Nicholas Ward            72   76    148
      T 65    Fraser Johnston          77   78    155
      T 71    Jungsun Lee              81   76    157
      T 74    Nick Ray                 80   79    159

        14   Tampa, U. of                  311  301    612
      T 46    Chris Clarke             75   74    149
      T 56    Jason Steele             80   73    153
      T 59    Zach Schuster            76   78    154
      T 74    Will Monnery             80   79    159
        DQ    Myles Wharram            DQ   76       


   FINQ   Individuals            School       Scores  

   T  4   Nico Cavero            Barry U.      66   73    139
   T  7   John Yu                Barry U.      71   69    140
   T 28   Patrick Murray         Barry U.      72   72    144
   T 46   Oscar Lengden          Nova SE       74   75    149
   T 49   Ryan Connors           Saint Leo     76   74    150
     53   Marcelo Huarte         Barry U.      74   77    151
   T 56   Tomasz Pulsakowski     Wilmton DE    75   78    153
   T 65   Alexander Lautnschla   Wilmton DE    80   75    155
   T 71   Eirik Groenhaug        Barry U.      76   81    157
     73   Evan Lerner            Tampa         80   78    158
   T 76   Jon Singleton          Tampa         78   82    160
     81   Freddy Braun           Wilmton DE    86   80    166

                      


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