FMU signs two golfers
Francis Marion University men’s golf coach Mark Gaynor has announced the signing of Grainger Howle of Darlington and Pierre De Caevel of Glabais, Belgium.
Howle is a senior at Darlington High School, where he has played under the direction of coaches Greg Dolce, Stanley Goodwin, and Brad Knox.
A six-year letterman, he has earned All-Region and team most valuable player recognition. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
He placed third and garnered All-Tournament honors at the recent Anderson Brothers Bank High School Invitational with a 71-72=143 scorecard. He also earned medalist honors with a 9-hole score of 36 in a dual-match win over Lugoff-Elgin High School.
At 5-9 and 140 pounds, Howle registered a pair of Top-10 finishes back in November at the SCJGA Players Championship and the SCJGA Cheraw Fall Challenge. He is currently ranked No.68.
He placed 41st with a 36-hole score of 160 at the 2017 SCHSL 4A state tournament.
“Grainger has really stepped it up in the last year in area competitions,” said Gaynor. “He is a great local talent, and we always do our best to try and keep those guys here at home. He knows what to expect when he arrives at FMU, and we look forward to him joining the program.”
De Caevel, 6-4 and 175 pounds, attends the College Cardinal Mercier. He owns a 74.50 stroke average in three recent European Golf Ranking events, including a 53rd-place showing at the 2018 Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship.