FLORENCE, S.C. – Less than a week after winning its first NCAA Division II national championship, the Francis Marion University men’s golf team continues to receive honors, including an unprecedented double-double by four team members.
All five members of the FMU squad that participated in last week’s national championship tournament in Sunriver, Ore., have been named to the PING All-America squad and four were selected to the Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars Team. These honors were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Tuesday.
Francis Marion junior Fredrik Ohlsson was chosen to the first-team All-America squad, while seniors Matt Dura and Dylan Keylock earned third-team honors and senior Juan Pablo Bossi and junior Per Hallberg gained honorable mention recognition. Ohlsson was a third-team selection last year, while Dura was an honorable mention choice in 2002.
Ohlsson, Dura, Keylock, and Bossi also earned 2003 academic All-America honors. Prior to this announcement, only two student-athletes in the history of the university had ever earned both athletic and academic All-America honors in the same year.
Ohlsson led the team with a school-record 72.3 stroke average, eclipsing the previous record of 73.4 set by Johnny Gregory in 1972-73. Ohlsson played every round this season for the Patriots and registered nine top-10 finishes in 12 events. In 19 of his 33 rounds, he shot even or below par, and he placed fifth at the national tournament. He has not missed a tournament in each of the past two seasons. The Goteborg, Sweden native is majoring in marketing and owns a 3.24 grade point average.
Dura, a native of Sumter, recorded a 74.5 stroke average, including eight rounds of par or below-par scores. He compiled five top-15 finishes, including a team-best, third-place finish at the regional tournament and a 14th-place finish at the national tournament. The management major has a 3.23 grade point average.
Keylock, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, played 27 rounds this season and compiled a 73.8 stroke average, fifth-lowest in team history. His performances include seven top-20 finishes and 10 rounds of even-par or under-par scores. He finished sixth at the NCAA
Tournament after sharing the first-round lead. Majoring in finance, Keylock owns a 3.11 grade point average.
Bossi played in all but two tournament during the 2002-03 season and registered a career-best 74.7 stroke average. He recorded four top-20 finishes, including tying for 24th at the national championship event, while shooting six rounds of par or below-par scores. The Alta Gracia, Argentina native is a business economics major with a 3.28 grade point average.
Hallberg, a native of Ytterby, Sweden, posted a career-best 76.9 stroke average. His two lowest scores of the spring season (a pair of 73s) came during the NCAA national tournament, where he tied for 44th position.
The 2003 All-America Team included eight members on each of the first-, second-, and third-teams and 17 honorable mention selections. The All-America Scholars team consisted of 60 golfers.
Francis Marion ended the year with a 129-43-2 record and was making its third trip to the NCAA Division II national tournament in six years.
The honors bring to 13 the number of FMU golfers to have earned All-America status in the storied 29-year history of the Patriot program, joining Sonny Phillips (1973), Gary Bennett (1973), Tommy Randall (1976 and 1977), Bert Atkinson (1979), Todd Hayes (1991), Michael Thigpen (1991), Tyson Chastain (1992), Stephen Welch (1998), and Agustin Estefanell (1999).
Prior to joining the NCAA in 1992, FMU made seven appearances in the NAIA national tournament, finishing as high as fourth in 1976.