FLORENCE, SC — The Francis Marion University men's golf team remains ninth in the latest GCAA/Precept Coaches NCAA Division II Top 25 poll, as the Patriots head to next week’s Peach Belt Conference Championship Tournament.
The 13th PBC golf championship will be contested on the par 72, 6,815-yard Lake Spivey Golf Club course in Jonesboro, Ga. The 54-hole event will include 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.
Francis Marion, the defending Division II national champion, has recorded six Top 5 finishes in 10 tournaments this season. The Patriots own a 101-48-6 record, including a 74-22-5 mark against Division II opponents.
The five-man FMU squad will consist of seniors Fredrik Ohlsson (73.2 stroke average) and Per Hallberg (75.4), and sophomores Adam Hart (75.3), Luke Hart (75.9), and Battle Hartman (76.0).
The Patriots are averaging 296.9 as a team for 18 holes over the course of the 2003-04 season. Francis Marion placed fourth at last year’s PBC Tournament, and then finished second at the regional tournament en route to winning its first national title. Entering last season’s PBC Tournament, Francis Marion owned a 296.3 team stroke average.
Only fifth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University has a lower team average (294.5) among the eight conference schools that sponsor Division II golf. AASU and FMU tied for fourth at the recent Southeastern Collegiate Tournament.
California State University at Chico earned 13 of 15 first-place votes to remain in the No. 1 position in the Top 25 poll. The Wildcats have held the top spot for the entire spring season. Francis Marion is one of five Peach Belt schools in this week's poll, including three in the Top 10.
The poll is voted on by a panel of Division II coaches and administrators who are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America.