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Former FMU golfer earns European Tour card for second time

FLORENCE, SC - Francis Marion University graduate and former Patriot golfer Fredrik Ohlsson carded four rounds (out of six) in the 60’s to finish tied for 22nd at the PGA European Tour Qualifying School – Final Stage – and earned his second straight tour card.

Both the 2009 and 2010 qualifying events were held at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

The top 30 finishers in this final stage earned their playing cards. Ohlsson fired a final-round two-under-par 70 to move up 14 positions on the final day. His final round included five birdies.

He was tied for 12th after an opening round 67, tied for sixth after a second-round 69, tied for 15th following a third-round 68, tied for 42nd after a fourth-round 75, and tied for 36th after a fifth-round tally of 69.

Ohlsson finished with a 10-under-par 418 total, 11 strokes behind the winner, Simon Wakefield of England.

Ohlsson is scheduled to play in the Africa Open, Jan. 6-9, in East London, South Africa.

In December 2009, Ohlsson became the first Francis Marion golfer to have a PGA or European Tour card. He played in 21 European Tour events last season, with his best showing a 46th-place finish at the BMW International Open. He concluded the year with a 74.38 stroke average.

Prior to earning his first card last year, Ohlsson, 31, had been a player on the Challenge Tour, which is Europe’s equivalent to the Nationwide Tour in the United States.

He had two Top-10 finishes on the Challenge Tour in 2008 and finished 2007 ranked 128th on the Challenge Tour.

A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Ohlsson was a three-time All-American at Francis Marion, including first-team honors in 2003 when he helped lead the Patriots to the NCAA Division II national championship. He earned the B.B.A. degree in marketing in 2004.

He also was named to the Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars Team for his work in the classroom following the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

As a senior, he compiled a 73.26 stroke average and posted eight Top-10 finishes.

Ohlsson did not miss a tournament after his Patriot debut in March 2001, and recorded a career stroke average of 73.56. He owns the FMU single-season record for lowest average, 72.3 in 2002-03, and shot what is believed to be the lowest round in the program’s history, a 64 in the opening round of the 2002 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

“I am excited for Fredrik and very proud of his accomplishment,” said FMU golf coach Mark Gaynor. “With this being his second year on tour, I look forward with anticipation to see how his professional career unfolds.  I think I also speak for many in the Florence community that are excited about this feat. Fredrik represents not only the university, but the Pee Dee area as well.”   

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Last Published: January 13, 2011 11:02 AM
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