Graduate transfer Vincent Norrman picked up his first collegiate victory at Florida State on Tuesday, using a birdie on the 18th hole to shoot 13-under and win the Timuquana Collegiate held at Timuquana Country Club.
“Golf’s a game you don’t get to win a lot, especially as an individual. For Vincent to come out in his second tournament for Florida State and to get a win against a lot of really talented players is a testament to him,” FSU coach Trey Jones said. “And the way he won the golf tournament by bogeying his 17th hole, all tied going into 18, and he drives it down the fairway and hits it to a foot … That’s the way you want to win the golf tournament. Couldn’t be prouder of him – he works hard. He will build on this.”
Norrman shot a 3-under 69 on Tuesday to hold off Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra. He recorded a 34 on the front nine after three consecutive birdies, and when it came to pressure moments on the back nine he responded with two more birdies.
The Sweden native bogeyed the long par-4, 480-yard 17th hole to create a tie heading into the final hole. But his approach shot on the par-4, 423-yard 18th hole set him up for a very manageable birdie opportunity that he cashed in on. Lopez-Chacarra wound up with par.
Norrman is the first Seminole besides John Pak to win a collegiate tournament since current graduate student Jamie Li co-won the 2018 Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate with alum Harry Ellis.
The Seminoles finished sixth in the Timuquana Collegiate, shooting 2-under (286) in their final round. FSU shot 16-under (288-274-286) as a team. The co-winners of the tournament were Liberty (-21) and Florida (-21).
“While we didn’t have the end result we were hoping for coming into this tournament, we surely understand this time of year we’re looking to build for things down the road,” Jones added. “I like this golf team. We were able to have seven guys play and compete. Vincent played extremely well and I’m looking forward to watching him improve and continue to improve as the season goes on. He’s getting more comfortable, as a lot of our guys are when you have several guys who haven’t played for Florida State before.
“And in these situations, we’re only going to learn and continue to get better. Some of the things we’ve noticed can be easily improved on. We’re looking forward to getting back to work at our next event at Golden Eagle.”
Pak tied for 12th at 5-under with a final-round 72.
FSU returns to action with the annual Seminole Intercollegiate held at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee on Feb. 20-21.