Trio of FMU golfers named All-America Scholars

Trio of FMU golfers named All-America Scholars

Francis Marion University seniors Alessandro Caselli and Marc Casullo and junior Lars Sandvoll have been named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars list for the 2017-18 season.  The announcement was made recently by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Caselli and Casullo earn the honor for the second consecutive year.

A total of 265 players at the NCAA Division I level were honored. The FMU trio was among a group of 14 student-athletes from Palmetto State institutions named to the list.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, have competed in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participated in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his institution.

Caselli, a native of Vimercate, Italy, graduated magna cum laude in May with a B.B.A. degree in finance and a 3.987 grade point average, including a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2017-18 school year.

This past spring, he was named to the prestigious Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and earned FMU's Carlanna Hendrick Swamp Fox Academic Award at the 2018 athletic awards ceremony. At the 2017 FMU Awards Day ceremony, he received the Wall Street Journal Award in Finance. He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He served one year on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll at every opportunity.  He was one of four FMU students to attend the 2017 Global Asset Management Education (GAME) conference in New York City.

On the course this past season, Caselli played in nine of 11 events and compiled a 75.5 stroke average.  He registered four rounds of par or lower, along with five Top-40 finishes. For his career, he carded a 76.10 stroke average for 106 rounds (38 events).

Casullo, a native of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, earned a B.B.A. degree in finance (summa cum laude) with a 3.939 GPA, including a 4.0 GPA for the 2018 spring semester.

He was named the Team MVP for 2017-18 after posting a 73.68 stroke average over 31 rounds.  He recorded 11 rounds of par or lower this season and finished his career with a 75.06 strove average for 106 rounds.  He served two years on the SAAC and is a member of both the Beta Gamma Sigma and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies. He also was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on every occasion.

Sandvoll, a native of Bergen, Norway, posted a perfect 4.0 GPA this past spring and has a cumulative 3.653 GPA as an engineering major.

He played in 10 of 11 events this past year and was third on the squad with a 74.86 stroke average.  He tied for third at last fall's Camden Collegiate Invitational, during which he shot the team's lowest round of the year (66).  He was named the squad's most valuable player following the 2016-17 season.

He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and has been selected to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll three times and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll six times.

The three players helped Francis Marion record six Top-10 showings in 11 tournaments, including a fifth-place finish at the Camden Collegiate Invitational.  The team registered a 297.97 stroke average for the year.

Earlier this month, the Patriot program received a GCAA All-Academic Team award for the fifth consecutive year.