Sept. 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's golf team opens the 2013-14 season this Friday at the eighth annual Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill. The Seminoles have only two returning players in the lineup combining for a total of 12 tournaments played. Three players will make their debuts in the garnet and gold.
"This is a tournament that I personally have a great experience with the coach of Illinois and the Olympia Fields Country Club," said head coach Trey Jones. "It's a tournament where you're playing on a major championships golf course. Playing a golf course against arguably one of the best fields in the country, what a better way to get the season started."
Sophomore Hank Lebioda (Winter Springs, Fla.), the 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year, leads the Seminoles after playing in seven tournaments last year. Sophomore Collin Engelhardt (Orlando, Fla.) played in five tournaments last year and looks to improve his play and make a permanent place in the line-up.
Making his debut this weekend is freshman Cristobal Del Solar (Viña del Mar, Chile) who redshirted last season. True freshmen Josh Lee (Orange Park, Fla.) and Jack Maguire (St. Petersburg, Fla.) look to make impacts very early in the season.
"We're just trying to see what our new guys can do," continued Jones. "We've seen them around town at our different courses, but we haven't seen them on the road in this environment. The potential we think they have is very high, but we need to see their weaknesses and expose them a little bit to college golf and work on the road to improvement."
No. 13 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Texas, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Stanford, No. 14 Illinois, No. 18 Florida, No. 21 SMU, Arkansas, Augusta State, Baylor, Clemson, Indiana, Northwestern and Texas Tech in the 15-team field at the par 70, 7142 yard Olympia Fields Country Club North Course.
Last year the team finished third as Lebioda, the only returning player who competed in Illinois last season, finished tied for 17th. Olympia Fields Country Club has held two US Opens, two PGA Championships, five Western Opens and a US Senior Open. This is the Seminoles seventh appearance at the tournament since its conception in 2006 missing only the first year.
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