Patriots ink Norwegian golfer

Patriots ink Norwegian golfer

Francis Marion University golf head coach Mark Gaynor has announced the signing of Markus Skjelstad of Fredrikstad, Norway, to a national letter of intent to attend FMU this fall and play for the Patriots.

Skjelstad is a product of Wang Toppidrett Fredrikstad where he played under the direction of coach Iver Kval Odegaard.

"We are looking forward to Markus joining the FMU golf program," Gaynor said.  "He has competed at a very high level in Norway on the Srixon Tour and has produced a number of top finishes.  We have had a number of Norwegian players be a part of our program and he will continue that tradition.  He is excited about coming to Florence to continue his academic and athletic career at FMU.  He will be a great fit for the Patriots."

Skjelstad most recently placed sixth with a 72-hole score of 296 at February's Srixon Nordic Winter Open. Last fall, he finished fourth at the Srixon Tour 8 (Boys U19) event with a 209 tally for 54 holes.

The Francis Marion golf program competes as an NCAA Division I independent.  The Patriots registered a pair of Top 10 finishes during their abbreviated 2019-20 season, including a third-place showing at The Invitational at Savannah Harbor in February.