Patriot Golfer wins St. Andrews Tournament
FLORENCE, SC - Francis Marion University freshman golfer Sean Morrison recently won the 62nd Boyd Quaich International Students’ Golf Tournament at St. Andrews, Scotland, while playing on the same course that hosted the British Open. FMU junior Andrew Weir placed 16th.
The Boyd Quaich is played over the Old and New courses in St Andrews – two rounds on each course. Founded in 1946 in memory of two St Andrews students killed in World War II, it is an international invitation competition to which universities are invited to send two male competitors.
Playing on the Old Course that only a week earlier had hosted the British Open, Morrison fired a final-round, 3-under-par 72 tally to win medalist honors. The Derry, Ireland native compiled a 72-hole score of 72-71-71-69=283 to finish two strokes ahead of the University of Stirling’s Sean Thompson.
Morrison’s 283 total score equaled the tournament record previously set in 1994 and 2002.
During his final round, Morrison was 4-under-par over the first nine holes, added birdies on holes 10, 14, and 15, before settling for the 69 score.
Morrison enrolled at FMU this past spring, but did not compete for the Patriots during the spring season.
Weir, a native of Montrose, Scotland, carded rounds of 72-76-72-74=294 to finish in a four-way tie for 16th position.
Francis Marion will open its 2010 fall schedule on Sept. 13-14 by hosting the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate Tournament at the Country Club of South Carolina.