Former Demon Deacon Golfer Norman Swenson Passes Away At The Age Of 64
May 24, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Former Wake Forest golfer Norman Swenson passed away on Sunday at the age of 64. Swenson played on three ACC Championship teams before graduating from Wake Forest in 1969.
Swenson enjoyed a successful senior amateur career, winning a number of tournaments in all corners of the globe. He passed away on a flight returning from South Korea, where he was representing the U.S. and Pine Valley Country Club at the World Club Championships.
Swenson, who grew up in North Carolina, was a competitive junior player and later a member of the Wake Forest golf team that included such future pros as Lanny Wadkins, Leonard Thompson, Joe Inman, Jack Lewis, John Buczek, Logan Jackson and the late Jim Simons. While at Wake Forest, Swenson had a dual match record of 4-3-1 and recorded a pair of top-20 finishes at the ACC Championship, including a tie for 14th in 1968.
"No one loved golf and Wake Forest and coach Jesse Haddock as much as Norman," said John Buczek, Director of Golf for the Wake Forest Golf Academy and a former teammate. "He was a fun loving guy and a dear friend. Playing golf at Wake Forest puts us all into a fraternity in which we care for each other and pull for each other in whatever we're doing. Norm was one of the guys that we all loved and he will be truly missed."
Unlike his pro-bound teammates, Swenson put golf on the back burner after graduation and entered the portrait photography business. In 1982 he helped start American Studios with two other partners and four more employees. Over time, the group garnered an exclusive arrangement for all the portrait studios in more than 2,000 Walmarts.
Swenson is survived by his wife Shelley, three children -- Ashley, Norman the Third, and Perry, as well as two grandchildren.
Family visitation and viewing is Friday, May 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The service is set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28. The viewing and service will both be at Calvary Church located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte, NC. The church website is http://www.calvarychurch.com and has directions.