For the sixth consecutive year, the Francis Marion University golf team has received a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team Award, this time for the 2018-19 academic year.
To be eligible for GCAA team recognition, a school must register a team grade point average of 3.00 or higher for the entire academic year.
Francis Marion was one of 120 NCAA Division I members nationwide to earn this honor, and the Patriots were one of eight Palmetto State institutions (joining Coastal Carolina University, Furman University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, USC Upstate, Winthrop University, and Wofford College).
The 11-member FMU squad posted a 3.29 GPA for the 2018-19 academic year. Head coach Mark Gaynor's team consisted of senior Lars Sandvoll (Bergen, Norway); juniors Haakon Andersen (Stabekk, Norway), Mark Goodall (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), and Justin Prozzi (Hartsville, SC); and sophomores John Burghardt (Oakville, Ontario, Canada), Jacob Morris (Hollywood, SC), and Michael Rials (Florence, SC); and freshmen Pierre De Caevel (Glabais, Belgium), Grainger Howle (Darlington, SC), Grant Sellers (McBee, SC), and McClure Thompson (Little River, SC).
On the course, the Patriots finished their 2018-19 schedule with three Top-10 finishes, including a season-best fourth-place showing at the 2018 Camden Collegiate Classic. Sellers led FMU with a 75.10 stroke average, only the second time in 12 seasons a freshman has paced the Patriots. The team registered a 302.39 stroke average for the year.