COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. — Francis Marion University sophomore McClure Thompson shot an even-par 72 to rank among the Top-10 and help lead Francis Marion University to a seventh-place standing Sunday after the opening round of the Intercollegiate at The Grove Golf Tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.

The second round of the three-day event will be played today at the 7,368-yard, par-72 The Grove Club course.

The University of Tennessee leads the 14-team field with a 4-under par 284 score. Lamar University and Troy University are tied for second at 292. The Patriots shot a 299.

Thompson’s round has him tied for 10th position in the players’ standings, five strokes behind individual leader Hugo Hellman of Lamar University.

FMU juniors Jacob Morris and John Burghardt both shot 75 and are tied for 27th, while freshman Casper Kennedy is tied for 49th with a 77 scorecard, and sophomore Grant Sellers (80) is tied for 71st. FMU junior Michael Rials is competing as an individual and also shot an 80.

LATE SATURDAY MEN’S SOCCER FMU suffers first loss

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Lander University scored two goals in a nine-minute span midway through the first half and won 2-0 over previously undefeated Francis Marion on Saturday night.

The Patriots are ranked seventh in NCAA Division II.

Francis Marion dipped to 5-1-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the Peach Belt Conference and ended its recent three-match road swing with a win, tie, and loss.

The Patriots will return home to host Barton at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Hartzler Soccer Field.

FMU outshot the Bearcats 9-8, and led 4-3 in shots on goal, while both teams managed two corner kicks. Francis Marion junior goalkeeper Maximiliano Rocco registered one save, while Lander keeper Jacob Withers tallied four.

Robbie Young gave Lander (5-1-1, 1-0-0) a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted score at the 24:55 mark. Jed Smith doubled the margin to 2-0 when he headed in a corner kick by Oakley Hanger at 33:52.

A Patriot free kick with 13:40 remaining sailed into the 6-yard box, but no Francis Marion player was able to get a foot on it.

Sophomore Nestor Nunez led Francis Marion with three shots.

Coker 4 Catawba 0

HARTSVILLE — Christian Provenzano scored two goals Saturday for the Cobras, and Markos Touroukis and Quadarius Grate added the others. Each of Coker’s goals were scored in the second half.

Coker is now 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference.

LATE SATURDAY WOMEN’S VOLLEYBAll Mars Hill 3 Coker 0

HARTSVILLE — The Cobras lost Saturday by scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-17 and their record dropped to 4-9 and 1-8.

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