FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University golf team will open its 2004 fall schedule when the Patriots take part in the inaugural Kiawah Island Invitational, Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 6-7).
The 36-hole event will be played on the Cougar Point Golf Club and is being hosted by USC Aiken, the defending NCAA Division II national champion. FMU won the 2003 national title.
The field also includes Belmont Abbey College, Carson-Newman College, Catawba College, Clayton College & State University, Georgia College & State University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Mars Hill College, UNC Pembroke, Pfeiffer University, and Presbyterian College.
Second-year FMU head coach Mark Gaynor welcomes back three lettermen from last year’s squad that recorded a 108-55-6 record, won the Peach Belt Conference championship, and placed eighth at the Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
However, he must replace three-time All-American Fredrik Ohlsson and 2003 All-American Per Hallberg, both of whom were also All-America Scholars.
Gaynor’s 2004 fall roster includes juniors Adam and Luke Hart, Battle Hartman, and Aengus McAllister, sophomore Ricky Fox, and freshman Jacob Tveit (Romelanda, Sweden). McAllister played the last two seasons at NCAA Division I Iona College, while Fox comes to FMU from Ventura (Junior) College in California.
Luke Hart played in nine of 12 tournaments during the 2003-04 season and registered a 75.87 stroke average, while his brother Adam played in all but one tournament and posted a 76.0 stroke average. Hartman also played in nine events last season and recorded a 76.13 stroke average.
“Monday starts the PFOE – the Post Fredrik Ohlsson Era,” quipped Gaynor. “I am excited about this group and look forward to this opening tournament to see how the team responds to outside competition. The starting five has now completely turned over since the 2003 national championship squad, and I look forward to see how these individuals hold up the FMU tradition. I am very pleased with our three newcomers, and combined with the three returnees, should make for a very competitive squad.”
FMU will compete in four fall tournaments, including its own Raines Development Group Intercollegiate, Sept. 20-21 at the Country Club of South Carolina.