FLORENCE, S.C. – 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 (Coastal Carolina University, Furman University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, USC Upstate, Winthrop University, Wofford College).

The 11-member FMU squad posted a 3.29 GPA for the 2018-19 academic year. Coach Mark Gaynor’s team consisted of senior Lars Sandvoll; juniors Haakon Andersen, Mark Goodall and Hartsville High’s Justin Prozzi; sophomores John Burghardt, Jacob Morris and Trinity-Byrnes’ Michael Rials along with freshmen Pierre De Caevel, Darlington High’s Grainger Howle, McBee High’s Grant Sellers, and McClure Thompson.

On the course, the Patriots finished their 2018-19 campaign 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.

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