2013HPLS-newsletter - page 11

FALL 2013
Intercollegiate Athletics
Buccaneer Championships (cont.)
Barry defeated Lynn by four
strokes to break a 2-2-1 tie-
II National Championship
match Friday at the par-71,
6,984-yard Hershey Coun-
try Club course. It marks the
Buccaneers’ second National
Title in the program’s history.
It was the school’s secondNa-
tional Championship in two
weeks, and 11th in the univer-
sity’s 29-year athletic history.
It all came down to the final
match, featuring National
Freshman of the Year, Adam
Svensson of Barry andLynn’s
Roberto Francioni. Svensson
birdied the fifth to take a one-
stroke lead. But after drop-
ping a stroke on both 11 and
12, the Buccaneer rookie fell
behind by one stroke. Svens-
sonmadepar on the 467-yard,
par-4 15th to knot the match.
“He askedme on16, ‘Howdo
we stand?’” Stobs said. “I said,
‘It’s a three-hole tournament.
We have to win this match.”
Both Svensson and Fran-
cioni bogeyed 16, but the
Bucs’ freshman made par on
17 to take a one-stroke lead.
“On 18, he asked me where
we stand,” Stobs said. “I said,
‘Just execute your shot. Don’t
worry about where we stand.
I wouldn’t be standing here
if we didn’t have a chance.’”
Svensson hit a 190-yard ap-
proach shot within 20 feet of
the flag, while Francioni came
up short of the 18th green.
Svensson two-putted for par,
andFrancioni bogeyed to give
the title to the Buccaneers.
“It’s amazing that we all pulled
through,” Svensson said af-
ter his 4-over 75 final round.
“It’s like a high. I couldn’t
have asked for anything
more as a freshman at Barry.”
Forsslund couldn’t have
scripted it any better, himself.
“I couldn’t have asked for
anything else to end my col-
lege career,” Forsslund said.
“It feels great. This is what
you work so hard for. It’s
been a fun ride being in
college. I can’t see it end-
Men’s Golf Celebrates Another Championship
Barry University sophomore
women’s golfer Nancy Verg-
ara won the NCAA Division
II National Championship,
witha four-round3-over291.
“I still cannot believe it,”Ver-
gara said. “I’m still getting
through the idea that I won.”
Vergara, a sophomore from
Caracas, Venezuela, shot 75
in the final round to beat
Nova Southeastern’s Linnea
Johansson by a stroke for
the national medalist honor.
Johansson shot 77 in the fi-
nal round. Nova’s Daniela
Ortiz finished third, three
strokes behind Vergara, after
shooting 77 in the last round.
“It was amazing,” Vergara
said. “I was hitting the ball
pretty solidly all four days.
I was prepared to play with
the leader today. In the
last three holes, everything
came together, and I won.”
Vergara had three bogeys
and no birdies in the final
round, completing a steady
72-hole championship event
in which she never wavered
out of second place. With
her mother, Nancy, watch-
ing after making the trip
from Venezuela, she sank
a four-foot par putt on the
340-yard 18th hole to win it.
“She just hung in there,” said
Buccaneers coach Shannon
Sykora, whonever left Verga-
ra’s side the entirefinal round.
Barry finished third as a
team, putting up the low
round Saturday with a 300.
The Bucs shot 1,194 on
the 6,228-yard, par 72
LPGA International Leg-
ends Course to fall seven
strokes shy of champion
Lynn, who ended Nova’s
four-year reign at the top.
“I think our game has im-
proved a lot,”Vergara said. “I
think we have a really, really
goodopportunity (next year).
We know we can beat
the best in the Nation.”
However, on this day,
and for this NCAA sea-
son, Vergara was the best.
NCAA Women’s Golf Champion Nancy Vergara
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