FMU Golfers finish 19th at Furman Intercollegiate

From Francis Marion University

GREENVILLE, SC – Freshman Sebastian Backlund and senior Matt Jackson both fired one-over-par 73s on Sunday (March 21) and Francis Marion University recorded the seventh-best team score of the final round to finish 19th at the 41st-annual Furman University Intercollegiate Golf Tournament.

The 54-hole event was played at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course.

Backlund (80-78-73=231) and FMU senior Christopher Couch (74-80-77=231) were among a group tied for 62nd place on the final individual leaderboard.  Sophomore Ciaran McKenna (78-76-78=232) was one stroke back and tied for 71st position.  Freshman Kenneth Svanum (80-76-78=234) tied for 80th position, while Jackson (83-79-73=235) moved up to 91st-place.

Patriot freshman Travis Gantt (80-78-76=234) competed as an individual and also tied for 80th along with Svanum.

Clemson University carded a final-round 282 to rally from a three-stroke deficit and claim the team title. The Tigers finished 14 strokes ahead of second-round leader Chattanooga. Furman University placed third, while Western Carolina University, Kennesaw State University and Old Dominion University rounded out the top five.

Chattanooga's Steven Fox drained a birdie putt on his final hole to share individual medalist honors with the Tigers' Ben Martin at six-under-par.  Trailing by two strokes, Fox (70-68-72=210) capped his round with a birdie at No. 18.  Martin (70-71-69=210), playing in the final group with Fox, posted a bogey after a shot out of bounds and settled for a share of the tournament title after a potential playoff was cancelled due to darkness and wet course conditions.

Full tournament results and statistics are available at

FMU will next compete in the Irish Creek Collegiate Tournament, Apr. 3-4 in Charlotte.