FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University golf team, defending NCAA Division II national champion, moved up one position to fifth in the latest Precept Coaches Top 25 Poll, released Wednesday night (Oct. 22).
The Patriots own a 46-17-3 mark this season, including a 43-6-3 record against Division II opponents. This year’s record includes one first-place finish, a second-place finish, and seventh- and 11th-place finishes. FMU, which was ranked fourth in the preseason poll and sixth in the initial regular season poll, is 5-3 in head-to-head competition with opponents in the current Top 25 poll.
Two-time All-American Fredrik Ohlsson leads first-year head coach Mark Gaynor’s squad with a 73.40 stroke average. Last season, he set a school record with his 72.3 stroke average, eclipsing the previous record of 73.4 set by Johnny Gregory in 1972-73. The Goteborg, Sweden native has not missed a tournament in each of the past three seasons. The marketing major also earned academic All-America honors last season.
Francis Marion will conclude its fall schedule when the Patriots play in the 24th-annual Old Dominion University/Seascape Collegiate Tournament, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 27-28) in Kitty Hawk, N.C. The Patriots are the only non-Division I team in the 16-team field. The tournament will consist of 18 holes on each day.
California State University at Bakersfield moved up two positions to take over the No. 1 spot in the new Top 25 poll. The University of West Florida, California State University at Chico, California State University Stanislaus, and FMU round out the top five. CSU Bakersfield was fourth at last year’s national championships.
In addition to Francis Marion, two other Peach Belt Conference schools are listed in the Top 25.