Hannes Ronneblad wins Dixie Amateur
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — When the Swedish Men's
team entered the Dixie
Amateur, the prospects of one of them winning
As it turned out, the 1-2 positions went to two
players, Hannes Ronneblad and Marcus Svensson.
was Ronneblad that emerged with the trophy, as
three-stroke difference in the third round (played
Eagle Trace) separated the teammates.
In Tuesday's final round at Heron Bay Golf Club,
matched 5-under 67s. Ronneblad birdied the
and third holes to send a message about his
for the day, answering Svensson's first hole birdie
opening a four-shot lead. But Svensson came
an eagle at the par-5 fourth, and the pair traded
birdies the rest of the way. They matched each
several times, too, and would have had a best-
under if playing a four-ball format.
Ronneblad's tournament total was 8-under par for
72 holes. That's excellent considering the rain
pelted South Florida with anywhere from 8-16
over the last seven days. Wet, long-playing
combined with high winds spelled difficulty at the
championship layouts that host the Dixie.
For Texas Tech golfer Ronneblad, the victory
an upswing in his golf achievements. In the 2014-
campaign, he achieved First-Team Academic All-
honors, won his first individual title, and recorded
Now he can call himself the Dixie Amateur
his name gets placed on a historic tournament
Ryan Troyer's steady play throughout the
granted him a third-place finish.
The recent transfer from Kent State to Malone
University never broke 70, but posted
rounds under 74 all four days and finished at 3-
285, five behind Ronneblad.
Tying for fourth place were Quinn Vilneff, a
golfer who formerly played for the
University of Evansville, and Florida State junior
Cristobal del Solar, who came in at 2-