FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University golf team will begin defense of its 2003 national title when the ninth-ranked Patriots play in the NCAA Division II Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional Tournament, Monday through Wednesday (May 3-5), hosted by Barton College in Wilson, N.C.
The 54-hole event will be played on the par 72, 6,800-yard Wilson Country Club course.
The strong Southeast Region field includes six Peach Belt Conference schools (fifth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University, 23rd-ranked Columbus State University, FMU, 16th-ranked Georgia College & State University, Kennesaw State University, and sixth-ranked USC Aiken) and two South Atlantic Conference members (13th-ranked Carson-Newman College and Presbyterian College).
Five individuals from four other schools will also compete in the regional.
The two regional tournaments will be played simultaneously. The Atlantic Region field also includes eight teams and five individuals.
The winner of each regional and top other individual finisher will advance to the Division II National Championship Tournament, May 12-15, in Deland, Fla. Eight at-large teams from among the 10 regionals will also be selected for national championship play.
Last year, FMU placed second in the regional tournament to USC Aiken, received an at-large bid, and then led from start to finish at the national tournament to earn its first NCAA title.
Senior Fredrik Ohlsson leads the squad with a 73.31 stroke average. He will be joined by senior Per Hallberg and sophomores Adam and Luke Hart and Battle Hartman.
Following its recent win at the PBC Tournament, the Patriots own a 108-48-6 record.