Sellers shoots 69 and Patriots climb to 12th at USCA event

Sellers shoots 69 and Patriots climb to 12th at USCA event

AIKEN, SC – Freshman Grant Sellers fired a second-round 69 and sophomore John Burghardt and freshman McClure Thompson both carded 72 scores during the second round as Francis Marion University placed 12th in the team standings after the first day (36 holes) of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by USC Aiken.

The 54-hole tournament is being played at the 6,617-yard, par 70 Palmetto Golf Club, which was founded in 1892.  The final round will begin on Tuesday at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.  FMU golfers will start on holes 10 through 12.

The University of South Carolina set new team tournament records for both low 18-hole score (268) and for 36 holes (537).  The Gamecocks hold a commanding 17-stroke lead over second-place University of Virginia (554). Clemson University (561) is third, while UAB (564) is fourth and the University of Memphis (565) rounds out the Top 5.

Francis Marion shot an opening-round 296 and then did seven strokes better over the afternoon round (289) to finish at 585, only five strokes out of the Top 10.

Sellers is tied for 40th in the players' standings with a 76-69=145 scorecard.  He eagled the par-5 10th hole during the second round.  His 69 tally was one off his career-best round.

Burghardt (75-72=147) is tied for 51st, while sophomore Jacob Morris (73-76=149) and freshman Pierre De Caevel (72-77=149) are tied for 62nd position.  Thompson is tied for 68th place with a 79-72=151 total.

Gamecock Will Miles tied the individual low first-round score (64) and broke the individual low score for 36 holes at 129, three shots better than the previous record.