SUNRIVER, ORE. ' Senior Dylan Keylock fired a 4-under-par 68 to tie for the individual lead while also helping his Francis Marion University squad to the first-round lead of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship Tournament, Tuesday at the Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.
The opening round was delayed one hour by frost, and FMU was in the next-to-last group of schools to tee off. The Patriots occupied the top spot the majority of the time they were on the par 72, 7,296-yard Crosswater Club course.
The four-day, 72-hole tournament will continue through Friday, and is being hosted by California State University at Chico. The championship event includes 18 teams and 12 individual golfers.
Keylock was 2-under (34) on the front nine holes and 2-under (34) on the back nine, and is tied with Jon Olson of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for the individual lead.
FMU junior Fredrik Ohlsson shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for third place. Junior Per Hallberg carded a 1-over-par 73, his best round of the spring season, and is tied for 20th along with senior Matt Dura. Senior Juan Pablo Bossi shot a 5-over 77 and is tied for 55th. Dura, FMU's hottest golfer as of late, was 1-under through six holes, but lost three strokes over the next three holes. He recovered to shoot 1-under over the final nine holes.
With its 4-under 284 tally, Francis Marion leads the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Western Washington University by three strokes. The University of North Alabama and California State University at Stanislaus are tied for fourth place at 4-over 292.
Wanting to avoid last year's opening-round 28-over-par 312 performance that saw the Patriots tie for 13th position, FMU was 8-under-par midway through Tuesday's round. All five FMU golfers also participated in the 2002 national tournament.
This is Francis Marions third trip to the national championship since joining Division II in 1992. The Patriots finished 10th in 2002 and 15th in 1998.
The Patriots earned an at-large selection to the national championships after rallying to finish second at the Southeast Regional in Greensboro, Ga., May 5-7. Rollins College won last years title after receiving an at-large invitation. Each of the past 11, and 18 of the past 19 national champions have come from the Southeastern United States.
With a 112-43-2 record, Francis Marion is ranked 12th in the latest Precept Division II Coaches Top 25 poll. Entering the tournament, the Patriots were 3-13 against other teams in the national field.
No. Team Score
1 Francis Marion U. 284 -4
2 Colorado-CO Springs 287 -1
Western Washington U 287 -1
4 North Alabama, U. of 292 +4
CSU-Stanislaus 292 +4
6 CSU-Bakersfield 295 +7
7 CSU-Chico 296 +8
8 UC Davis 298 +10
9 West Florida, U. of 299 +11
10 USC Aiken 301 +13
11 Rollins College 303 +15
12 Pfeiffer University 305 +17
Central Oklahoma 305 +17
14 Washburn University 307 +19
15 Ferris State U. 308 +20
16 Barton College 310 +22
17 Millersville U. 316 +28
18 Bryant College 317 +29