Golfer and Tennis Player named to enter FMU Athletic Hall of Fame

Golfer and Tennis Player named to enter FMU Athletic Hall of Fame

Francis Marion University athletic officials recently announced that former golfer Matt Dura ('03) and former tennis player Annamaria Karai Meadows ('05) are the newest inductees into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming activities on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Smith University Center gymnasium at approximately 3:15 p.m. between the women's and men's games of the FMU and University of North Georgia basketball doubleheader.

Dura lettered four years on the links between 1999 and 2003, earning All-Conference and All-America accolades twice and being named an Academic All-American in 2003. He was also a member of the 2003 NCAA Division II national championship squad.  Dura earned a B.B.A. degree in management in 2003.

Following graduation he worked as an account executive for Cumulus Broadcasting, worked with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for seven years, and is currently an administrative supervisor for D&F Equipment Sales, Inc., western division in Arkansas – dealing with integrated food systems and equipment. He resides in Fayetteville, Ark., with his wife Jenny and their three girls.

A native of Sumter and a product of Sumter High School, Dura ended her career with a stroke average of 74.41 covering 88 career rounds.  He twice shot 67 during his time as a Patriot, registered 11 Top-10 finishes, and he helped lead FMU to season-ending national rankings all four years: No.22 in 2000, No.17 in 2001, No.9 in 2002, and No.1 in 2003.

He was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll all four years.

As a sophomore, he played in all 12 tournaments and posted a 75.11 stroke average. In addition to All-Conference honors, he helped Francis Marion to the conference title and was named to the PBC All-Tournament Team after placing second at the Peach Belt Tournament one stroke behind the medalist.

As a junior, he played in 11 of 12 tournaments and recorded the then third-lowest stroke average (73.63) in team history. He earned honorable mention All-America honors after tying for third at 2002 Division II national championships – the highest finish ever for an FMU golfer at a national tournament – and helping the Patriots to a ninth-place team finish.

As a senior, he played in 11 of 12 events and recorded a 74.5 stroke average as the Patriot captured the national championship.  He earned the double-double of All-American honors on the course (third-team) and in the classroom.  He placed 14th individually at the 2003 national tournament.

Meadows lettered four years on the tennis court between 1998 and 2001, earning All-Conference and All-American honors all four years.  She became only the fourth PBC women's tennis player to garnered All-Conference recognition four times.  A native of Budapest, Hungary, she finished up her college work at Cal State Northridge, earning a B.S. degree in kinesiology (cum laude) in 2005.

Currently a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., she has been teaching fifth-grade students in the Broward Public Schools for 11 years.  After school, she also teaches tennis for all ages.

During her playing career as a Patriot, she posted an 82-12 singles record – the most wins in team history – and ranks fifth in doubles victories with a 64-21 mark. She was named the FMU Team MVP in 1998 and 2001.

In 1998, she earned Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and ITA Rookie of the Year (South Region) recognition. She tallied a 28-2 singles record (at No.2 position) and was ranked ninth nationally in NCAA Division II and recorded a 23-2 doubles record (at No.1 position) and was ranked No.1 in Division II.  She was the Peach Belt Conference No.1 doubles champion and the No.2 singles champion. She helped the Patriots to a 14-7 record, equaling the record for wins in a season, and FMU earned a bid to the NCAA II Tournament.  Francis Marion ended the year ranked 15th nationally.  Individually, she won the singles championship at the NCAA Division II Rolex Southeastern Regional Tournament in Savannah, Ga., and went on to reach the singles championship match of the NCAA II Rolex National Small College Tennis Championships in Memphis, Tenn.

As a sophomore, she was 20-4 in singles play (at No.2 position) and was ranked 10th nationally and had a 20-5 doubles record (at No.1 position) and was ranked fifth in Division II.  She helped FMU to a 14-8 mark, again equaling the record for wins in a season, and to another NCAA Division II Tournament invitation where the Patriots eventually lost in the South Region championship match.  The Patriots ended the season ranked 11th nationally and the squad's third-place showing at the PBC Tournament equaled its best finish ever.

As a junior, she registered a near-perfect 17-1 singles record (at No.1 position) and was ranked eighth nationally and tallied a 14-4 doubles mark.

As a senior, she posted a singles mark of 17-5 and was ranked 11th nationally. She finished second at the Southern Clay Court Championships held in Florence.

The pair join 49 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame. Past inductees include Chiffonia "Precious" Adderson (women's basketball), Cindy Alford Vestal (women's softball), Jeannette Alston (women's basketball, volleyball), Kristi Anderson (women's softball), Mark Bedenbaugh (cross country, track and field), Gary Bennett (golf), Kirk Bevington (men's soccer), Daryl Blume (men's basketball), Jennifer Brabson Cleek (women's basketball), Michael Colaiacovo (cross country, track and field), Maria Costas (women's basketball, tennis, volleyball), Tom C. Davidson (coach and administrator), Daphne Donnelly (women's basketball, softball), Carlton Farr (men's basketball), LaRue Fields (women's basketball, volleyball), Alvaro Figuerola (men's soccer), Allen Floyd (men's basketball), Jennifer Grande Parker (volleyball, women's basketball), Gerald Griffin (baseball coach and athletic director), Dr. Rufus R. Hackney Jr. (administrator and golf coach), Jeremy Halpin (baseball), Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell (women's basketball coach), Lewis Hill (men's basketball coach), Mary Hirst (women's tennis), Wayne Huggins (baseball), Mary Jackson (women's basketball, volleyball), Erin Jones (baseball), Scotty Keefe (baseball), Anthony "Chico" Lombardo (baseball), Sam Lundkvist (men's tennis), Pearl Moore (women's basketball), Robert Moore (men's basketball), Krissy Burt O'Kelley (women's volleyball), Crystal Poskey Ashley (women's volleyball), Mitch Powell (track and field, cross country), Tommy Randall (golf), Katie Roberts Chapman (women's soccer), Josef Schroeder  (men's soccer), Kim Slawson Hawkins (women's basketball player and coach), David Stafford (track and field, cross country), Garth Thomson (men's tennis player and coach), Randy White (track and field, cross country), Dr. Thomas M. Whiteley  (track and field/cross country coach), Lee Whitwell (women's tennis), Kerri Williams (women's soccer), Bob Wilson (men's basketball player and coach), Mike Wilson (baseball), Rendy Yates (women's softball player and coach), and Tracey Tillman Young (women's basketball).