For the fourth year in a row, the Francis Marion University golf team has received a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team award, this time for the 2016-17 academic year.
To be eligible for GCAA team recognition, a university must register a team grade point average of 3.00 or higher for the entire academic year.
Francis Marion was one of 102 NCAA Division I members nationwide to earn this honor, and the Patriots were one of only four Palmetto State institutions (joining Presbyterian College, Winthrop University, and Wofford College).
Additionally, FMU also earned President's Special Recognition accolades for having a GPA of 3.5 or better – one of only 19 schools nationwide and the only South Carolina institutions to earn that honor. That group included among others Duke, Harvard, William & Mary, and Yale.
The six-member FMU squad posted a 3.51 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year. Head coach Mark Gaynor's team consisted of juniors Alessandro Caselli, Marc Casullo, and Callum McGuigan; sophomore Lars Sandvoll; and freshmen Haakon Andersen and Mark Goodall.
On the course, the Patriots recorded eight Top-15 finishes in 11 events during the 2016-17 season, including a pair of seventh-place showings during the spring portion of the schedule. The young squad, which listed no seniors on the roster, was led by Caselli with a 75.0 stroke average.
The golf team becomes the third FMU spring sports squad to earn national academic team honors for 2016-17, joining the men's and women's tennis programs.