FLORENCE, SC — The Francis Marion University men's golf team will look to defend its Peach Belt Conference title when the Patriots play in the 14th PBC Championship Tournament, Monday and Tuesday in Savannah, Ga.
The tournament will be contested on the par 72, 7,000-yard Southbridge Golf Club course. The 54-hole event will include 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.
Francis Marion enters the tournament with a 58-93-5 record. In addition to the 2004 PBC crown, FMU previously won the conference tournament in 1999 and 2001.
The five-man FMU squad will consist of juniors Aengus McAllister (75.0 stroke average), Luke Hart (75.3), Adam Hart (79.0), and Battle Hartman (79.3), and freshman Jacob Tveit (76.7).
The Patriots are averaging 305.4 as a team for 18 holes during the 2004-05 season. That team average ranks fifth among the seven PBC members that sponsor golf on the NCAA Division II level.
Francis Marion tied for third in a field of 12 teams at last February’s Armstrong Atlantic State University/Southbridge Pirate Invitational, which was played on the same course as the PBC tournament will be.
It is the first time that AASU and Savannah have hosted the conference championship, and it will be a precursor to the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championships, also hosted by the school in mid-May.
Live round-by-round scoring and statistics for all 54 holes of the championship will be available on-line at http://www.golfstat.com/live/M6552L.htm