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Daniel Rudolfsson continues golf game at the University of Mount Olive

April 28, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s golf coach Robert Weinerth knew from the start that he had something special, in then, freshman Daniel Rudolfsson.

Coming to the States from Sweden and not knowing what to expect within a new culture, the one thing Rudolfsson did have when he arrived to Virginia in January of 2015 was his golf game. Now, his passion and dedication to the sport could provide more adventures for the business management major.

Rudolfsson recently signed his letter of intent to play on scholarship at NCAA, Division II University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. The sophomore said he was drawn to the school’s business program and the golf team’s ability to be competitive.

Weinerth added that he wasn’t concerned about if Rudolfsson would continue to play, it was more about filtering out the schools recruiting him and making the right decision of where to play next.

“Coming in as a freshman from overseas there’s a lot of things that are different, not just going to school,” Rudolfsson said. “To adjust to a new culture you need all the support you can get, and I feel I’ve been given all the support possible (at PHCC).

“To be honest, my first semester here was better than I could have ever dreamed of. To be able to come in and win four out of six tournaments my first semester and advance to nationals was a really big thing for me,” he added.

Rudolfsson helped the Patriots win the Region X tournament in 2015, finishing as the runner up individually. At the national tournament held at Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, Ala., the sophomore posted a four-day total of 286 (2-under) with scores of 71-74-72-69. His final-round score helped secure second team All-American honors.

In his three semesters of golf at PHCC, the international helped the Patriots win seven tournaments, including one in a playoff against four-year schools at the Glenn Heath Shipbuilders Memorial in Williamsburg, Va. While his scoring average increased this season by nearly four strokes, Rudolfsson said it’s a reminder to him that he can always improve with each round. He added, however, that he was still proud of his 74.2 stroke average during his first semester at PHCC.

“I already had a solid golf swing before I got over here. But to be able to get the coaching I did from Robert (Weinerth), and play at a national level, I think helped me take another step in my game,” Rudolfsson said.

Weinerth said he never had a player more detailed than Rudolfsson in his brief time coaching PHCC’s golfers. From scoping course layouts, reading pin locations, understanding distances from the tee to green, and other non statistical components of the game, Weinerth said his standout golfer covered every angle possible.

“Daniel is attuned to every detail. He keeps track of his sleep hours, what he eats, and has more stats on his computer for his golf game than we require,” Weinerth said.

Mount Olive finished second of nine teams in its own invitational Apr. 4 at Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, N.C. The Trojans finished second in the Conference Carolinas Championships as sophomore John Thatch won the tournament on the third hole of a two-player playoff. The team will have eight returning players for next season, including four that are internationals.

Rudolfsson said he’s excited for the challenge of playing for a new school, which was introduced to him by a friend back home. The sophomore transfer believes he has all the technical ability to compete and win at the DII level, and hopes to play in another national tournament.

Beyond golf, the 4.0 GPA student-athlete also wants to be a leader for not only the team but for the school, as he represented PHCC at the general assembly in Richmond, Va. where he met Sen. Bill Stanley.

Weinerth said Rudolfsson was the definition of a team player and added that his presence for next season will be missed.

“Daniel was much more than a player, he was a friend and at times played the role of an assistant coach.” Weinerth said.

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