BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Returning and incoming members of the Campbell University men's golf team have been active in competition over the summer. Highlights for the 2017 Big South Conference champions and NCAA West Lafayette Regional participants include wins for Thomas La Morte and Jesper Svensson.
The 2017 Big South player of the year, Svensson won the Swerob Torshalla Open on the Nordea Tour Future Series (a professional event), June 3-4. The rising junior from Balsta, Sweden finished at 10-under-par (67-67—134).
Svensson set Big South Championship records for lowest 54-hole score (67-66-69—202) and most strokes below par (-14), breaking the marks established by current World No.-1 Dustin Johnson (204, -12) of Coastal Carolina in 2007. He then finished in a tie for 12th at the NCAA West Lafayette Regional and ended the year ranked No.-149 in the Golfstat Cup (72.06), as well as 15th in the country in par-3 scoring (3.04).
La Morte, who was runner-up in the Big South Championship (67-69-72—208), started his summer tournament season by winning the New York City Amateur in May (71-68-71—210) at La Tourette Golf Course. He then finished third at Tavistock Country Club in the 116th New Jersey Amateur Championship (72-71-70-66—279), a title he won in 2016.
A rising senior from Demarest, N.J., La Morte finished the year ranked 10th among Big South Conference golfers with a 73.19 stroke average.
Brett McLamb of Coats, N.C., opened his summer play with a runner-up finish at the Carolinian Amateur at Keith Hills Golf Club, where he shot 69-72-69—210 to finish four strokes behind Camel teammate Gaston Bertinotti (68-69-68—206). A rising sophomore, McLamb was the 36-hole leader at the North Carolina Amateur before he ended up finishing 13th (71-69-80-72—292).
McLamb finished the season ranked 20th among Big South stroke average leaders (74.3), earned his first career top-10 showing with a tie for 6th at the Border Olympics. He was named to the Big South all-freshman team after finishing 11th at the conference championship.
Bertinotti concluded his Campbell career in 2016-17 by competing in five events with one top-10 finish. The native of Cordoba, Argentina was a two-time all-conference performer (2015, '16), who twice finished among the top-five (2014, '15) at the league championship.