FLORENCE, SC - Francis Marion University golf coach Jonathan Burnett recently announced the signing of two players, Zach Martin of Pickens and Matt Mead of Greenville, to national letters of intent to attend FMU in the fall of 2003 and play for the Patriots.
Martin, a 6-1 219-pound righthander, is a senior at Pickens High School, where he plays under the direction of coach Bob Allison. He is a five-time All-Conference selection and a three-time AAA All-State honoree. He has been medalist at the 1AAA Conference Tournament three times.
Mead, 6-2 and 175 pounds, is a senior at Wade Hampton High School, where he captains coach Bud Asbury’s squad. In 2002, he was medalist at the region tournament and then placed second at the AAA state tournament.
Pickens and Wade Hampton tied for sixth place in the team standings at the 2002 AAA state tournament.
In the most recent South Carolina Junior Golf Association rankings, Martin and Mead ranked fifth and eighth respectively. The two placed first (Martin) and second (Mead) at the 2002 Junior Azalea Tournament at the Charleston Country Club. Martin tied for fourth at the 2002 SCGA Junior Championships, while Mead placed fifth at the 2002 Florence Country Club Invitational.
“These two recruits speak volumes about the respect our university and the Patriot golf program have attained in the eyes of the state’s golfing community,” Burnett said. “I am proud to say we have signed two of the top eight players in the state.
“Zach has a hunger for the game. His demeanor and drive will fit in well with our current squad. Matt is a very natural player with a fluid swing, and he has tremendous length off the tee and from the fairway. He also excels at course management.
“Both recruits were sold on the university during their visits, after meeting with faculty members and learning about the academic and athletic arenas of FMU. I look forward to both players succeeding in the classroom and on the golf course.”
Entering its 2003 spring schedule, Francis Marion is ranked 10th in NCAA Division II with a 43-19 record after four fall tournaments.