FMU golfers earn academic honors
For the sixth consecutive year, the Francis Marion University golf team has received a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team Award.
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.
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); and sophomores John Burghardt (Oakville, Ontario, Canada), Jacob Morris (Hollywood, S.C.), and Michael Rials (Florence); and freshmen Pierre De Caevel (Glabais, Belgium), Grainger Howle (Darlington), Grant Sellers (McBee) , and McClure Thompson (Little River).
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.
Meuwissen earns Academic honors
For the second year in a row, Francis Marion University sophomore Paul Meuwissen has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Scholar-Athlete.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter-winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Meuwissen owns a 3.509 GPA as a business economics major. A native of Geilenkirchen, Germany, he played at each of the top four singles positions during the 2019 campaign and played No. 3 doubles on several occasions.
He was selected to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team this past spring and has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.
On the court, he won the consolation bracket for the B Flight in singles at the 2017 ITA Southeast Regional Small College/Oracle Tennis Championships.
Sandvoll named All-America scholar
Francis Marion University senior Lars Sandvoll has been named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. The Bergen, Norway, native earns the honor for the second consecutive year.
A total of 266 players at the NCAA Division I level were honored. Sandvoll was among a group of 14 student-athletes from Palmetto State institutions named to the list.
Sandvoll produced a cumulative 3.665 GPA as an industrial engineering major. He earned his bachelor of science degree in May, graduating cum laude.
He played in eight of 11 events this past year and was second on the squad with a 75.45 stroke average. He tied for 11th at last fall’s Camden Collegiate Invitational with a 54-hole total of 218.
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 four times and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll all eight semesters.