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Francis Marion Maintains Lead in Div II NCAAs

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Courtesy of fmarion.edu.com
 
College CentralSUNRIVER, Ore. -- Led by senior Dylan Keylock, first-round leader Francis Marion University increased its lead after second-day play at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship Tournament, Wednesday (May 21) at the Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.
 
As was the case with Tuesday's opening round, play was delayed due to early morning frost on the par-72, 7,296-yard Crosswater Club course. The tee times were inverted on Wednesday with Tuesday's late times (which included FMU), beginning play first on Wednesday.
 
FMU entered the second day three shots ahead of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Western Washington University. Led by Keylock's 2-under-par 70 and senior Juan Pablo Bossi's 1-under 71, Francis Marion shot a 2-under 286 team score and retired to the clubhouse.
 
UCCS, which started its round as FMU finished, made an early charge and tied the Patriots briefly before faltering to a 7-over 295 score. Western Washington ballooned to a 12-over 300 score and fell to seventh place.
 
Francis Marion's two-day total of 6-under 570 leads the host school, California State University at Chico, by eight strokes. The Wildcats recorded the best team score of the second round, a 6-under 282, and climbed from seventh to second place. California State University at Stanislaus is third, 10 strokes back at 580, followed by UCCS and California State University at Bakersfield, both at 582.
 
Keylock is in second place in the individual standings. His 70 on Wednesday followed Tuesday's 68 and places him at 6-under138. He trails USC Aiken's Scott Usher by two strokes. Usher, who shot a first-round 71, recorded the low round of the tournament with his 65 on Wednesday.
 
FMU junior Fredrik Ohlsson shot an even-par 72 on Wednesday and is at 2-under for the tournament, tied for seventh place. Senior Matt Dura shot a 1-over 73 on Wednesday and is tied for 24th place at 2-over 146. Bossi, who shot an opening-round 77, recovered to fire a 71 on Wednesday and is tied for 30th position at 4-over. Junior Per Hallberg shot a second-round 7-over 79 and is 8-over for the tournament and tied for 56th spot.
 
The four-day, 72-hole tournament will continue through Friday, and includes 18 teams and 12 individual golfers.
 
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. All five current FMU golfers also participated in the 2002 national tournament.
 
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. 284-286=570 -6
2 CSU-Chico 296-282=578 +2
3 CSU-Stanislaus 292-288=580 +4
4 CSU-Bakersfield 295-287=582 +6
Colorado-CO Springs 287-295=582 +6
6 North Alabama, U. of 292-291=583 +7
7 Western Washington U 287-300=587 +11
8 Rollins College 303-286=589 +13
UC Davis 298-291=589 +13
10 USC Aiken 301-290=591 +15
11 West Florida, U. of 299-295=594 +18
12 Pfeiffer University 305-301=606 +30
Central Oklahoma 305-301=606 +30
14 Ferris State U. 308-299=607 +31
15 Barton College 310-299=609 +33
16 Washburn University 307-304=611 +35
17 Bryant College 317-299=616 +40
18 Millersville U. 316-330-646 +70