Bogstrand takes 1st pro title, winning Southwest Kansas Pro-Am
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (Aug. 11, 2013) – Former Oklahoma Christian golfer Vilhelm Bogstrand recorded his first professional win on Sunday, holding on for a one-shot victory in the 34th annual Southwest Kansas Pro-Am at The Golf Club at Southwind.
Bogstrand, who completed his OC playing career in April, finished the 54-hole tournament at 13-under-par 201, one shot ahead of Shawn Jasper of Marthasville, Mo., and Nick Mason of Denver. Bogstrand, from Oslo, Norway, won $15,000 for finishing first in the tournament, which is part of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series.
The tournament was played on two courses. Bogstrand shot a first-round 5-under 66 at Southwind in the first round on Friday, then posted a 3-under 69 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Club during Saturday’s second round. He entered Sunday tied for the lead with Mason.
Mason bogeyed the first hole and Bogstrand reeled off birdies on No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 to seize control. Bogstrand added birdies on No. 10, No. 14 and No. 16, helping offset a bogey on No. 17. He parred the final hole to hold off Jasper, who birdied No. 18.
During the tournament, Bogstrand displayed the steady style of play he became known for at OC, recording only two bogeys against 15 birdies.
Bogstrand was a three-time tournament winner while at OC. He earned medalist honors last October in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., helping the Eagles win the national title. He also played on OC’s 2011 NAIA championship squad.
Bogstrand was a second-team All-Heartland Conference selection as a senior, finishing fourth in the league in stroke average at 73.50. The three-time NAIA/NCCAA All-America selection had six top-10 finishes during the 2012-13 campaign. His scoring average was tied for 49th among NCAA Division II players.
He’s the second former OC standout to win a pro tournament this summer, joining Rhein Gibson, who received $22,000 after winning the NGA Tour’s Avoca Classic at Scotch Hall Preserve in Windsor, N.C., in June.