Friday September 28, 2012
Charlotte, NC – Sweden’s Henrik Norlander entered his rookie season on the eGolf Tour as one of the top college players from 2008 through 2011, riding a wave of team success as a member of Augusta State’s back-to-back NCAA Championship teams in 2010-2011. At this week’s Olde Sycamore Open, Norlander broke through in the game’s individual ranks, posting rounds of 69-65-66—200 (16-under) for his first eGolf Tour title, and the event’s $13,000 first-place prize.
The Olde Sycamore Open was the 21st event of the 2012 eGolf Tour season and was contested this week at Olde Sycamore Golf Club in Charlotte, NC.
Norlander entered Friday’s final round in a three-way tie for the lead with Dustin Bray of Asheboro, NC and Jonathon Krick of Phoenix, AZ on the heels of a 69-65—134 (10-under) start to his week. Looking to make an early move, the fast-paced Norlander birdied the docile par-5 first to reach 11-under, but quickly found himself trailing as leading money winner Drew Weaver of High Point, NC birdied Nos. 1 through 3 to seize the lead at 12-under par.
Pars on Nos. 2 and 3 kept Norlander at 1-under for the day, but it was at that point that the former Jaguar star took control of the event. A quartet of birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7 catapulted him to 5-under for the day and 15-under for the week – at the time, two shots ahead of the field.
“I hit a great tee shot on No. 4 to make birdie there, then had some good birdies at Nos. 5 and 6 to follow that one up,” said Norlander, 25. “On the seventh, I pulled my tee shot and had to hit about a 50-yard hook just to get over the pond. After that, I hit a good 56-degree wedge in there and made another birdie.”
On the back nine, Norlander extended his lead with a birdie at the par-4 11th that took him to 16-under, then followed it up with a birdie at the par-3 14th to move into a commanding four-shot lead at 17-under for the event.