Men's Golf Ties for Second at Southwood
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – There was an enormous amount of quality golf that took place this weekend in Tallahassee, and Florida State Men’s Golf was right in the thick of it. The Seminoles broke their own course record by shooting 28-under to tie for second at the Seminole Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon.
Penn State shot a 31-under 833 (273-277-283) to win the team title, while Georgia Tech tied FSU shooting a 28-under 836 (276-280-280). Penn State’s Cole Miller won the individual title at 15-under, but FSU redshirt junior Harry Ellis placed second with an impressive 13-under score.
Florida State’s aggregate 28-under 836 breaks its previous low at Southwood Golf Course held by the 2013 team that included both Daniel Berger and Hank Lebioda. That team shot a 25-under 839 to win the tournament by seven shots.
Ellis’ 13-under 203 (67-66-70) score is the lowest of his career, while his second-place finish is also the best of his career. It is his second Top-5 finish of his career, as he tied for fifth at the 2016 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate. He finished with 16 birdies in the tournament, tying for the most in the field.
“Our goal was to compete to win 54 holes and we did that,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We are a better team now than we were a month ago and we will keep improving. I want to thank all Seminoles who came out and supported us.”
Three Seminoles finished in the Top 15, including Ellis, redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler (-8; tied for eighth) and sophomore Corey Carlson (-6: tied for 14th; individual). Keppler shot FSU’s best round on Sunday with a 3-under 69, which included two birdies in his last three holes played to help FSU stay in the hunt for the team title.
“We had a great week,” added Keppler. “It’s a good feeling having a chance to win the tournament coming down the stretch. Obviously it wasn’t the outcome we wanted but it is something we can build off of. I had a very steady week. I am pleased with how I played. I am looking forward to the rest of this semester.”
Carlson had himself a very good three-day performance at Southwood, with his six-under 210 being the lowest score of his young career. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native finished his round with a 1-under 71 and tied for his lowest round of his career with a first-round 69 on Friday.
Sophomore and Tallahassee native Bennett Baker tied for 20th after going 4-under over his three rounds. Baker collected four birdies and shot an even-par 72 on Sunday.
FSU does not get much rest as it competes in Monday’s Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga., which is a one-day tournament. Ellis, Keppler, Lee, Baker, Carlson and Li will participate on Monday.
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