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Patriots sign two Palmetto State golfers

FLORENCE, S.C.- Francis Marion University golf coach Mark Gaynor has announced the signing of two in-state high school seniors to national letters of intent: Will Godfrey of Columbia and John Lurie Pate of Coward.

Godfrey, 6-0 and 160 pounds, is a product of Dreher High School. This past year he earned All-Region honors. He has played under the direction of coaches Bobby Foster, Mike Casto, George Bryant, and Robert Parker.

Godfrey is the reigning Columbia City champion, a title he will defend next month. He has also won the recent Bill Dickey Invitational (in Alabama) and the 2010 Ford-Picard Tournament.

In the classroom, he is a member of the National Honor Society.

Pate, 5-9 and 150 pounds, is a graduate of Carolina Academy, where he played for coach Bill McAllister. He has also worked with coaches Benji Welch and Travis Cox.

He recently captured medalist honors at the SCISA 2A state championship tournament, while helping Carolina Academy to a fourth-place finish in the team standings after the squad won the regional title. A two-time All-State selection, he registered a 35.57 stroke average (for nine holes) this past year. He was a 2012 All-Conference selection, and earned his team’s most valuable player award for the fifth time.

Pate placed second in his age division of the 2011 Pee Dee Chapter of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s Hootie and the Blowfish Summer Tour.

“I am looking forward to both Will and John Lurie being a part of the FMU Golf Program,” Gaynor said.  “They both have had success on the golf course in junior golf and at the high school level.  They will be a great fit with the team and will make the adjustment to college very easily, due to their academic and golf abilities. Both are the type of student-athletes that every coach is looking for and we are glad that they have chosen to attend Francis Marion.

The Patriots listed only one seniors on last year’s squad that posted a 98-92-4 record, including seven Top-10 finishes in 11 events. FMU competes as an NCAA Division I independent.

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Last Published: June 28, 2012 3:12 PM
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