FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University golf team will participate in the NCAA Division II Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional Tournament, Monday through Wednesday (May 2-4), hosted by Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. This will be the Patriots’ eighth consecutive appearance in the regional event.
The 54-hole event will be played on the par 72, 6,861-yard Bull Creek Golf Course's West Course, with 18 holes being played each day.
The Southeast Region field includes six Peach Belt Conference schools (top-ranked and defending national champion USC Aiken, seventh-ranked Georgia College & State University, ninth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University, 18th-ranked Columbus State University, FMU, and UNC Pembroke), South Atlantic Conference member Presbyterian College, and independent North Greenville College.
Five individuals from five 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 the top individual not with a team advancing from the Super Regional, regardless of region, will advance to the Division II National Championship Tournament, May 17-20, at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga. In addition, the next three teams with the lowest score from the Super Regional, regardless of region, will advance to the finals.
Last year, FMU placed eighth at the regional. In 2003, the Patriots finished second in the regional tournament to USC Aiken, received an at-large bid to the national championships, and then led from start to finish at the national tournament to earn its first NCAA title.
The five-man Patriot squad will include juniors Luke Hart (75.22), Aengus McAllister (75.22), and Adam Hart (78.92), sophomore Ricky Fox (85.86), and freshman Jacob Tveit (76.63). Following its recent fifth-place finish at the PBC Tournament, the Patriots own a 60-97-5 record.