Men's Golf Prepares for ACC Championship
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team prepares to enter new territory this weekend as it heads to Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., to take part in the ACC Championship.
“Like the scouting report on any athletic team, that’s kind of who we’re playing,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said in reference to the new course. “You’re never going to get it until you get on it.”
All 12 competing ACC institutions will look to adjust to the course in this year’s ACC Championship. FSU tees off at 9 a.m. with redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler starting it off. Sophomore Bennett Baker follows at 9:12 a.m., followed by redshirt junior Harry Ellis (9:24 a.m.), senior Josh Lee (9:36 a.m.) and redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar (9:48 a.m.)
Part of Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra. Coverage will go from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, with Mac McDonald and Tony Austin on the call.
“When you go into a new course you kind of have a day to size it out,” Ellis said. “That will be the case for every team and every player this year. It’s a completely neutral field you could say. It makes it a fair contest for all.”
Florida State Men’s Golf heads into this weekend’s ACC Championship as the No. 6 seed based on the latest Golfstat rankings. FSU is currently ranked 26th, with the only ACC teams ranking higher including Georgia Tech (20), Duke (21), Virginia (17), Clemson (15) and Wake Forest (9).
The Seminoles will participate in their 26th ACC Championship, having played in every season since joining the league in 1992. Led by All-Americans Jonas Blixt and Matt Savage in 2008, FSU captured its lone ACC title by defeating second-place Duke by three strokes in New London, N.C. FSU has also finished second in the 2013 and 2014 tournaments.
Del Solar leads FSU into this year’s ACC Championship. He is ranked 18th nationally by Golfweek and 22nd by Golfstat, coming off a first-place finish at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate. Del Solar’s victory extended FSU’s streak to 11 straight years in which at least one Seminole has won a tournament.
Ellis’ enormous turnaround has been a vital boost for FSU this season. The England
native is second on the team with an average score of 71.38 and owns two Top-5 finishes at the Seminole Intercollegiate (second) and at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate (tied for fifth). Nine of Ellis’ 10 career rounds in the 60s have come this year.
Lee is quietly putting together another fine season. He is third on the Seminoles with an average score of 72.00, which puts him on pace for a career low.
The Orange Park, Fla., native joins Ellis as the two Seminoles whom have played in all 10 tournaments this year. Lee is coming off a career-best second-place finish at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate.
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