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Former PNGA Player of the Year Adam Svensson Medals at Q-School, Earns Full Status on Tour

Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. cruised to a seven-shot victory on Sunday at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to earn medalist honors at the Tour Qualifying Tournament. Svensson carded a 1-over 72 on the Champion Course during the final round for a 20-under-par 266 total.

Adam Svensson
Adam Svensson

“It’s huge,” said Svensson, who collected a check for $25,000 and earned fully-exempt status on the Tour in 2016. “It’s always tough to win at any level, so I just tried to have fun.”

Svensson, who will turn 22 on December 31, was named the PNGA Men’s Player of the Year in 2014. He also was named the PNGA Junior Boys’ Player of the year in 2010 and 2012. He had won the BC Amateur in 2010, while only 16 years old.

After two stellar years at Barry University in Miami, Fla., Svensson decided to turn professional after his sophomore year in the spring of 2015. In just six starts on Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, the former Division II Player of the Year recorded two runner-up performances and finished No. 9 on the Order of Merit. He also added three top 25s in seven starts on the Tour.

“I was pretty confident with my decision,” said Svensson about leaving school early. “Just being able to start from the bottom and work your way up, I think that’s pretty important.”

With the 2016 Tour season set to begin in Panama City, Panama, at the Panama Claro Championship in late January, Svensson’s mission is clear. “My goal is to win out there and get my PGA Tour card,” he said.

Svensson’s ambition doesn’t stop there. The Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad member would cherish the experience of playing in the Summer Olympic Games next year. “I would love to play in the Olympics,” he said, when asked about the chance to represent Canada in Rio. “It’s going to be hard, there’s a lot of good Canadians on the PGA Tour.”

The Tour Qualifying Tournament is a four-day, 72-hole competition that ended on Sunday, Dec. 13. The tournament was contested at the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course (CC) and Fazio Course (FC). The Champion Course has played host to The Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR since 2007.

There were nearly 1,000 entries for the tournament, which included previous Pre-Qualifying, First and Second stages that began in August.