Meet the 2 signees joining the 2020 men’s golf season

Leo Friedman

The men’s golf team won’t resume play until late February, but in the midst of a successful season, No. 5 ranked Colorado State men’s golf recently added two new pieces to its already successful squad, signing Gunnar Broin of Minnesota and Rasmus Hjelm of Sweden.

These two will join the rest of the CSU golf team for next year, hopefully adding to the very successful 2019-20 season.

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Broin, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, is currently the top-ranked junior golfer in the state. He has also had his fair share of successes on the course, recently placing first in the Minnesota Boys Junior PGA Championship in June. Broin shot 8-under-par in two rounds, including an impressive seven birdies in the second round of the tournament. Broin is notable within the state for tying the state record in golf, shooting a 63 in his junior year.

Broin also won the Tournament of Champions McCormick in 2018 and received the Minnesota High School Coaches Association All-State Selection three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). He shows no sign of stopping his excellent outings anytime soon.

“Gunnar (Broin) will be an excellent addition to 20-21 roster,” said coach Christian Newton. “We have had a long line of successful SAs from Minnesota.”

Hjelm, hailing all the way from Hollviken, Sweden, is currently ranked No. 664 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In addition to this high ranking, he is ranked No. 82 in under-21 European golf.

He also helped Sweden place seventh in the 2019 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup. In the tournament, Hjelm shot 4-under-par in four rounds, tying for 18th place individually at the tournament.

Hjelm competed at the amateur golf level at Ljunghusen Golf Academy and finished in second place at the 2019 Swedish Teen Tour Elite. Hjelm has competed in countless other European golf events, is clearly very experienced in the game and is ready for American collegiate rounds.

“He comes from the Swedish National team, … (and) their players always adjust well to college golf and have excelled,” Newton said. “He has had great success on a national level, with several top 20 finishes in top worldwide amateur fields.”

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