Senior women's golfer has big plans for future
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 00:04
Sofia Hagsund makes a strong case to be considered the most successful athlete currently on the UNC Wilmington campus. The two-time First-Team CAA golfer is going into her senior year ranked as one of the top golfers in the CAA and is looking for the three-peat.
Hagsund, born and raised in her hometown of Landskrona, Sweden, moved to the United States her freshman year to go to UNCW. Stumbling upon UNCW was a coincidence, as she passed the campus while her brother was looking at Mount Olive College. She began her golf career playing at the age of 8 since her whole family plays on a regular basis.
After her collegiate career is over, she said she hopes to go back to Europe and pursue a job or internship. As for her playing career, Hagsund wants to continue that in Europe, and if possible, to come back to the United States to play on the LPGA Tour.
Short-term goals include much more than individual goals for Hagsund. She wants to help advance the UNCW women’s team past the conference tournament into the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. Hagsund’s team-best scores of 224 and 228 in the last two seasons at the CAA Tournament are likely to improve, which would be impressive as she is already in the top 10 at UNCW for lowest score.
Among Hagsund’s greatest memories at UNCW are “making a hole in one twice” and “winning the conference tournament with her teammates.” She has greatly enjoyed her time here at UNCW and insisted she wouldn’t change anything about her experience here. Naturally, there was a language barrier to overcome her freshman year, but she adjusted rather quickly due to early English schooling back in Sweden.
As a finance major, Hagsund has worked hard on and off the golf course and enjoying her senior year to the fullest. Whether it be toughing out long library hours to get high grades in her classes or working on her short game to improve her score, Hagsund has done everything in her power to succeed and has provided an example of how to carry yourself as a student athlete at the Division I level.