Florida State Men's Golf - 2016 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Golf - 2016 Year In Review

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Trey Jones, Head Coach
Robert Duck, Assistant Coach
Mary Michael Maggio, Assistant Coach

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2015-16 Men's Golf


2016 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Bennett Baker, Tallahassee

Tyler Bakich, Valrico

Corey Carlson, Green Cove Springs

Jonathan Keppler, Marietta, GA


2016 Roster - By Name

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T                            PY
R Name                  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  Anthony Alex          Jr   **   Ponte Vedra Beach (Saint Johns Virtual School)
* Bennett Baker         Fr        Tallahassee (Chiles)
* Tyler Bakich          Fr        Valrico (Newsome)
* Corey Carlson         Fr        Green Cove Springs (Clay)
* Rowin Caron           Sr   ***  Terheijden, Netherlands (RSG't Rijks)
* Cristobal Del Solar   Jr-R **   Vina del Mar, Chile (IMG Academies)
* Harry Ellis           So-R *    Southhampton, England (Wildern School)
  Jonathan Keppler      Fr        Marietta, GA (Kennesaw Mountain)
* Hank Lebioda          Sr   ***  Winter Springs (Trinity Prep)
* Josh Lee              Jr   **   Orange Park (Fleming Island)
* Jack Maguire          Jr   **   Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg)

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Jack Maguire to Play Professional Golf.
The Florida State men's golfer will forego the rest of his junior season to pursue an opportunity to play professionally.

November 19, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State men's golfer Jack Maguire has decided to forego the rest of his junior season in order to become a professional golfer.

The St. Petersburg, Fla., native recently finished fourth at Stage two of PGA Qualifying School. Maguire has advanced to the final stage, reaffirming his intent to chase his long-held ambition of playing on the PGA Tour.

"Florida State has given me the opportunity to move on to the next level," Maguire said. "I've had more than enough guidance. I've had the greatest coaching, academic support, everything. This university is the reason I'm in the position I am right now to go forward. Our coaches helped me push myself and get better every day in order to reach my next goal. I'm ready to start taking that on."

Maguire will complete the fall semester at Florida State University and begin his professional career in January 2016.

"This is a great opportunity for Jack and we appreciate the contributions he has made to the program," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "We wish him the best of luck and look forward to following his career as a professional."

Maguire will be in pursuit of becoming the seventh active Florida State men's golfer on the PGA Tour. The recent success of FSU's younger representatives on the PGA Tour has been well-documented, with former player Daniel Berger earning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors while Brooks Koepka finished in the Top 10 at the 2015 Open Championship and the PGA Championship.


Lebioda Named ACC Player of the Year for Men's Golf.
Senior lefty Hank Lebioda also joins redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar on the All-ACC Team.

May 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State Men's Golf senior Hank Lebioda has earned the ACC Player of the Year honor, announced on Thursday morning by the conference.

The talented lefty from Winter Springs, Fla., becomes the third Seminole to win ACC Player of the Year since the award was first given out in 1992 to Georgia Tech's David Duval. Lebioda joins former Seminoles Bobby Cochran (1994) and Brooks Koepka (2010 and 2012) as winners of the award.

Lebioda, who is a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, joins teammate Cristobal Del Solar on the All-ACC Team. Lebioda has earned a spot on the All-ACC Team in all four seasons at FSU, and the Seminoles' two selections marks the 10th consecutive year the program has had multiple All-ACC picks.

Lebioda began his FSU career with ACC Freshman of the Year honors in 2013, and fittingly caps his time in Tallahassee with the ACC Player of the Year award. He is the 10th ACC Golfer to win both awards, and the second Seminole as Koepka was named freshman of the year in 2009 followed by his two player of the year awards.

"Not many people start their career as ACC Freshman of the Year and then complete it as ACC Player of the Year," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "The fact that Hank was able to do this speaks to his natural talent, consistency and hard work. It's exciting to see his hard work and effort pay off in being voted to such a prestigious award. If you look at past ACC Player of the Year Award winners he is in an elite group of outstanding players."

The All-ACC Team, Player, and Freshman of the Year were decided by a combination of the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings in conjunction with a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.

"It really is an honor to be named ACC Player of the Year," Lebioda said. "It's something that we all work for, not only to be the best player on our team but in our conference. To be able to represent the ACC as their number one player is really humbling. I can't thank my coaches and teammates enough for helping me develop into the man and player I am today."

Lebioda finished the regular season ranked No. 18 in the country according to Golfstat and No. 17 in Golfweek's rankings. He had a scoring average of 70.87 in 30 rounds and posted four top-10 finishes this season, including a win at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

The senior leader owns Top 5 career marks at FSU in average score (third - 71.46), rounds at par or better (first - 74), birdies (second - 447) and rounds played (fifth - 131). This season, he leads the Seminoles in average score (70.87), final round average (70.90), par 4 scoring (4.00), par 5 scoring (4.71), birdies (107) and subpar strokes per round (3.63).

In his senior season, Lebioda was named a Ben Hogan Award Watch List candidate and was in contention to play at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup. He leads the Seminoles into next week's NCAA Regional in Kohler, Wis., from May 16-18.

Following the season, Lebioda will attempt to earn his pro card. He will first play on the Mackenzie Tour, part of the PGA Tour in Canada.

Del Solar, who hails from Chile, has put together his best season at Florida State. He has an average score of 71.67 in 27 rounds of play, showing a 0.56 scoring average vs. par. He has totaled 14 rounds at par or better, including seven rounds in the 60s. Del Solar owns a Top 10 finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, shooting a three-day score of 205 which includes a pair of 67s in the first two rounds.

Del Solar's addition to the All-ACC Team gives the Seminoles 27 all-time selections. The redshirt junior will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open in June at the sectional qualifier, leaving him 36 holes left to play. He won last week's opening qualifier in Amelia Island.


Lebioda Selected as PING All-American.
Former Florida State men's golfer Hank Lebioda earned his second career All-America honor on Thursday.

June 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Former Florida State men's golfer Hank Lebioda was honored as a PING Division I Honorable Mention All-American on Thursday, the second All-America accolade of his career.

The Golf Coaches of Association selected Lebioda among the nation's top amateur golfers for the second consecutive year, as the Winter Springs, Fla., native also collected the award as a junior in 2015.

Lebioda becomes the 10th Seminole to be a two-time All-American, joining Jack Maguire (2014 and 2015), Brooks Koepka (2010 and 2012), Jonas Blixt (2007 and 2008), Roger Winchester (1989 and 1990), Nolan Henke (1985-87), Grant Turner (1979 and 1981), Todd Crandall (1974 and 1975), Hubert Green (1967 and 1968) and Denny Lyons (1965 and 1966).

Lebioda earned several accolades in his senior season, being named the ACC Player of the Year, selected to the All-ACC Team, the PING All-Southeast Region Team, was a Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year semifinalist and a member of the Ben Hogan Award Watch List.

He led the Seminoles in scoring average (71.14), average vs. par (0.14), tournaments played (12), final round average (71.0), par 4 scoring (4.03), par 5 scoring (4.68) and birdies (127). Lebioda was the third Seminole to win ACC Player of the Year (joining Brooks Koepka and Bobby Cochran) and the 10th golfer from the conference to win ACC Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year in a career.

One of the highlights to Lebioda's senior season and career was winning his first outright tournament title at the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club. He shot an 8-under to hold off the rest of the field.

For his career, Lebioda averaged a score of 71.5 with a 0.34 average vs. par. He has been a member of the All-ACC Team in all four seasons as well as a two-time ACC Player of the Month. He graduated in the summer with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance.

Lebioda is currently on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, playing in two events so far. He finished tied for 21st most recently at the GolfBC Championship, shooting 10-under par.


2016 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
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Hank Lebioda             Ping - All-American - Honorable Mention

All-Americans -  1

2016 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
09/20
Ref
N
FIGHTING ILLINI INVIATIONAL 1st Place
09/26
Ref
N
ACC/SEC CHALLENGE
September 25-26, 2015, Nashville, Tn
3rd Place
09/27
Ref
N
GEORGIA
ACC/SEC Challenge, Nashville, Tn
W 3.5-1.5
10/06
Ref
N
JERRY PATE INTERCOLLEGIATE
October 5-6, 2015, Vestavia Hills, Al
4th Place
10/18
Ref
N
U.S. COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
October 16-18, 2015, Alpharetta, Ga
4th Place
02/21
Ref
N
GATOR INVITATIONAL
February 20-21, 2016, Gainesville, Fl
4th Place
03/01
Ref
N
QUERENCIA CABO COLLEGIATE
February 26-28, 2016, Los Cabos, Mexico
7th Place
03/12
Ref
H
SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL
March 11-12, 2016
2nd Place
03/22
Ref
N
VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITE
March 21-22, 2016, Palm City, Fl
11th Place
04/09
Ref
N
IRISH CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE
April 8-9, 2016, Kannapolis, NC
4th Place
04/24
Ref
N
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
April 22-24, 2016, New London, NC
3rd Place
05/18
Ref
N
NCAA KOHLER REGION
May 15-18, 2016, Kohler, Wi
4th(t) Place
05/30
Ref
N
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
May 27-30, 2016, Eugene, Or
19th Place
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    1- 0     0- 0     0- 0     1- 0


2016 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  CLEMSON               839
 2  WAKE FOREST           850
 3  FLORIDA STATE         859
 4  GEORGIA TECH          864
 5  DUKE                  865
 6  LOUISVILLE            866
 7  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  869
 8t NORTH CAROLINA        870
 8t VIRGINIA              870
10  NOTRE DAME            883
11  VIRGINIA TECH         890
12  BOSTON COLLEGE        901

2016 EOY Stats

Name Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10 Ave ======================================================================== Jack Maguire 5 12 8 67 843 0 3 70.25 Hank Lebioda 13 36 21 66 2,561 1 4 71.14 Cristobal Del Solar 12 33 17 67 2,366 0 1 71.70 Rowin Caron 11 33 16 64 2,388 0 2 72.36 Josh Lee 10 30 14 66 2,182 0 0 72.73 Corey Carlson 6 18 7 69 1,310 0 1 72.78 Tyler Bakich 2 6 1 71 438 0 0 73.00 Bennett Baker 5 12 2 66 889 0 1 74.08 Anthony Alex 1 3 0 73 226 0 0 75.33 Harry Ellis 5 12 3 71 907 0 0 75.58

FIGHTING ILLINI INVIATIONAL, 1st place
09/20/2015

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Baker Sparks #FSUGolf in Tournament Record Showing on Day One.

September 18, 2015

OLYMPIC FIELDS, IL – Florida State Men’s Golf head coach Trey Jones could not have asked for a better start to the 2015-16 season, as FSU was led by freshman Tallahassee native Bennett Baker’s 66 in shooting a single-day tournament record 273 (7-under) in the first round of the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

“Bennett showed me a lot today,” Jones said. “It’s just a start to his career but he has some talents and characteristics that elite players have.”

The Seminoles are eight strokes ahead of second-place Stanford (+1), followed by Oklahoma State (+2) and Illinois (+2) in third and Arizona State (+5) in fifth. FSU broke the previous single-day record of 275 held by Oklahoma State in 2007 when it was boosted by PGA golfer Rickie Fowler’s course-record 63.

“I thought we looked comfortable and aggressive today,” Jones added. “This course never lets up so you have to remain composed and focused. You can hit two very good shots and have the ball 10 feet beyond a flag and have a very difficult putt. This team knows the challenges that are ahead of them and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”

Baker’s first collegiate showing begins with a second-place finish through the first round, as he nailed six birdies and shot a pair of 33’s on the front and back nine. He capped his round with a birdie on the par-4, 472 yard 18th hole. Baker also began his first round at Florida State in grand fashion with a birdie on the par-5, 626-yard first hole at the former U.S. Open venue.

Senior Hank Lebioda is tied for fourth after shooting a 2-under 68, which included just one bogey in the round.

Throughout the day, the Seminoles led all teams with 17 birdies and took advantage of their par-3 opportunities, tying with Oklahoma State for the day’s top average score at 2.85. Junior Jack Maguire, one of FSU’s three returning All-Americans, made six birdies to aid his 1-under 69. Maguire was 2-under in his four par 3 holes.

Junior Josh Lee also put forth a good showing, shooting an even-score 70, while senior Rowin Caron produced a round of 74.


Men's Golf Tied for Second at Olympia Fields Invitational.

September 19, 2015

OLYMPIC FIELDS, IL – After setting a tournament record with their 273 (-7) score on Friday, the Florida State Men’s Golf team wasn’t able to back up their lofty beginning and fell into a tie for second place through the second round of the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields North Course in Illinois.

On a day where many teams at the invitational shot worse than their Friday performances, the Seminoles shot a 14-over 294 but sit just two strokes shy of first-place Stanford, which had the day’s best round shooting a 4-over 284. FSU, sitting at 7-over through two rounds, is tied with Oklahoma State for second place, followed by Illinois (+10) and Arizona State (+13).

“We knew this was going to be a grind for 54 holes and that is what we are prepared for,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We didn’t get overly excited about our good performance yesterday and will not dwell on today.”

Senior Hank Lebioda and junior Jack Maguire, both returning All-Americans, led FSU on Saturday. They both shot a 2-over 72, as Lebioda is tied for sixth in the individual rankings of the tournament with an even-par 140. After shooting a 38 on the front nine, Lebioda rebounded with a 34 on the back nine which included a birdie at the par-4, 444-yard 10th hole.

Like Lebioda, Maguire played much better on the back nine as he shot a 34 to counter his 38 on holes 1-9. He is tied for ninth overall with a 1-over 141 through two rounds.

Freshman Bennett Baker followed his 66 on Friday with a 74 on Saturday, tying for sixth among all student-athletes at even par overall. The Tallahassee native finished well by hitting a birdie on the par-3, 187-yard 15th hole.

Josh Lee shot 10-over on the day while Rowin Caron shot 76.

“We have a great opportunity tomorrow. Our reaction to a good performance as well as adversity are both learned skills,” Jones added.

FSU is second to only Illinois with 25 birdies through two rounds, and is also second to Stanford in par 4 scoring at 4.15. Baker’s nine birdies are tied for second place among individuals.


#FSUGolf Wins Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

September 20, 2015

OLYMPIC FIELDS, IL – The Florida State Men’s Golf team started its fall season in grand fashion after producing a clutch Sunday performance to win the competitive Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational by three strokes at 6-over par (273-294-279).

The Seminoles combined for a 1-under par showing on Sunday, making FSU the only team to shoot two rounds under-par at the former 2003 U.S. Open venue. Two-time junior All-American Jack Maguire came through for the Noles with a final-round 67, tying for fourth overall among individual rankings.

FSU’s 6-over final score bested second-place Oklahoma State, which finished 9-over par. Arizona State (+15), Stanford (+16) and Illinois (+18) rounded out the Top five.

Maguire put together six birdies on the scorecard Sunday, getting himself off to a great start with a 32 on the front nine. Over the three days, Maguire’s 13 birdies were second among all individuals.

Florida State began the invitational with a single-day tournament record 273 on friday, but lost several strokes when it shot a 294 on Saturday. FSU impressively rebounded with key performances from all five of its student-athletes, with all five shooting better or the same from their second-round showings.

“I was looking forward to seeing how we would bounce back from a difficult Saturday round,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “Needless to say finishing with an under par round on a difficult course is impressive.”

Freshman Bennett Baker shot a 1-over 71 on Sunday, finishing with a three-round score of 211 (+1) to tie for ninth overall. Baker’s first collegiate tournament was a big success, carding 12 birdies overall and tying for third in par 5 scoring with a 4.50 average (-3).

Senior Hank Lebioda was steady with a second straight round of 72, making 16 pars on Sunday and finishing with a three-day score of 212 (+2).

One of the biggest individual performances came from senior Rowin Caron, who shaved seven strokes with a much-needed 1-under 69 on Sunday. Caron began his day with three birdies on his first four holes played and maintained from there to help FSU’s comeback bid.

Junior Josh Lee finished with a 77 on Sunday, three shots better than his Saturday round.

Dating back to last season when FSU spent much of the year ranked No. 1, the Seminoles have now won five consecutive regular-season tournaments. The Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational featured eight teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25, making the Seminoles’ feat even greater.

“Competing to win this golf tournament was a great experience,” Jones added. “It was an opportunity to learn about ourselves, and to come out on top is a great way to start the season.”

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Jack Maguire                 4t    69    72    67    208
Bennett Baker                9t    66    74    71    211
Hank Lebioda                12     68    72    72    212
Rowin Caron                 31t    74    76    69    219
Josh Lee                    64t    70    80    77    227

ACC/SEC CHALLENGE, 3rd place
09/26/2015, September 25-26, 2015, Nashville, Tn

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Men's Golf Sits in Fourth Place at DICKs Sporting Goods Collegiate Cup.
Returning All-Americans Hank Lebioda and Jack Maguire keep FSU in contention with stellar rounds on Friday.

September 25, 2015

NASHVILLE, TN - The No. 1 ranked Florida State Men's Golf team sits in contention of winning its sixth straight regular-season tournament, trailing leader Virginia by eight strokes going into the final round of the DICKs Sporting Goods Collegiate Cup following Friday's performances.

The Seminoles got off to a good start by shooting a 5-under 279 in the first round, tying Vanderbilt for the lowest first-round score. But the second round provided more of a challenge as the Noles shot a 290 and head into Saturday's final stroke-play round at 1-over and in fourth place.

"Our All-Americans played like All-Americans," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "Our freshman and two newcomers to this year's lineup were inconsistent. We have a lot of talent and a lot of room for improvement in that part of the lineup. We have a chance to go out and get another win tomorrow with a great round."

Returning All-Americans Jack Maguire and Hank Lebioda kept FSU in contention with strong performances. Lebioda is second among all individuals after shooting a 5-under 137 through the first two rounds (-3 in the first; -2 in the second). Maguire was also solid, shooting scores of 68 and 70 to finish at 4-under for the day and tied for third.

Lebioda and Maguire particularly took advantage in par 4 situations. Maguire shot a 3-under on par 4's, tying for the second-best in the field. Lebioda also shot 3-under on the course's nine par 4's. Of Maguire's five rounds played this season, three have resulted in sub-70 scores while Lebioda has two rounds in the 60's.

Friday's performance is reminiscent of last week's buildup to FSU's strong Sunday finish. The Seminoles opened with a very good first-round performance, only to take a step back in the second round. FSU will look to finish in the same style it did at Olympia Fields where all five golfers produced excellent scores.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar is tied for 22nd among all individuals after shooting a 1-over 143 through the first two rounds. He started off well with a 68 in the first round but ended with a 75 in round two. Freshman Bennett Baker and redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis each shot 10-over through the first two rounds.

Following Virginia (-7) on the leaderboard is Vanderbilt (-1), Duke (E), FSU (+1) and Florida (+4) and Georgia (+4). The ACC-SEC Challenge features three teams from each conference that are tied for fifth or better.


FSU Men's Golf Finishes Third in Stroke Play Portion of DICK's Collegiate Cup.
Hank Lebioda and Jack Maguire finish under par as the Seminoles end stroke play at 6-over.

September 26, 2015

NASHVILLE, TN - Entering Saturday's final round of the DICK's Sporting Goods Collegiate Cup with an outside chance, the top-ranked Florida State Men's Golf team finished in third place at 6-over par (279-290-289) at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville.

"This is a special group of guys," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "We didn't have anything going but they regrouped and finished like winners. It's a lot harder to turn a round around on a hard course than shoot a low number."

Senior Hank Lebioda and junior Jack Maguire each ended the stroke-play portion of the tournament on a high note with Top 5 finishes. Lebioda was sharp in all three rounds, finishing 5-under to place second among all individuals in the field. Lebioda ended with a 71 on Saturday, using four birdies to shoot a respectable score and carding a 34 on the back nine.

Lebioda's 13 birdies this weekend were fourth among all participants.

"Hank played a great tournament and gave himself a chance to win against a very good field," Jones added. "That is Hank's fourth runner-up finish. I have no doubt he will get a win in the near future."

Maguire had an eventful day on his way to shooting a 3-under overall. Maguire recorded two eagles on the day, both on par 5's at the fifth and 11th holes, as he shot a 72 on Saturday. He tied for fifth in stroke play, his second Top 5 finish of the season after tying for fourth at last week's Olympia Fields Invitational.

Maguire also shot 7-under on par 5's in his three rounds, averaging 4.42 strokes to tie for the best in the field with Vanderbilt's Will Gordon. Maguire's two eagles also led all players.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar followed with a 1-under 70 on Saturday, creating an overall score of even-par 213. Del Solar put together a good performance this weekend after making his season debut, tying for 12th overall.

Freshman Bennett Baker and redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis finished with scores of 76 and 79 on Saturday, respectively.

FSU's third-place finish snaps its regular-season tournament win streak at five, a worthy feat that began at Querencia Cabo Collegiate on March 3 and ends with last week's first-place finish at Olympia Fields.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Hank Lebioda                 2     68    69    71    208
Jack Maguire                 5t    68    70    72    210
Cristobal Del Solar         12     68    75    70    213
Bennett Baker               50t    75    77    76    228
Harry Ellis                 58     76    76    79    231

FLORIDA STATE 3.5, GEORGIA 1.5
09/27/2015, ACC/SEC Challenge, Nashville, Tn

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Golf Defeats Georgia in Match Play.
Seminole Men's Golf defeats SEC foe 3.5-1.5 in the ACC vs. SEC finale in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TN – The No. 1 ranked Florida State men’s golf team exited the DICK’s Collegiate Cup on a positive note as it defeated No. 12 Georgia, 3.5-1.5, in the match-play portion as part of an ACC-SEC challenge on Sunday at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville.

Scoring big wins for Florida State in the hole-by-hole scoring format were junior Jack Maguire (2 UP), freshman Bennett Baker (2 UP) and redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis (2 & 1).

“It was good to see Harry and Bennett come back today and get needed points for us,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “Depth is essential in team match play and they came through. That was a solid Georgia team that has a lot of heart and confidence.”

The second-seeded Maguire faced No. 3 seed Greyson Sigg of the Bulldogs. Maguire was up by as many as three holes through seven, but by the turn was holding onto a one-hole lead. He responded with a birdie on the par-3, 200-yard 10th hole to go back up by two, then birdied another par 3 on the 16th to maintain his two-hole lead. Heading into the 18th with just a one-hole lead, Maguire sealed the match with a five while Sigg bowed out with a six on the scorecard.

Baker battled back from a three-hole deficit through the 11th, winning three consecutive holes from No. 12-14 to put the match at all square. On a par-5, 620-yard 17th hole, Bennett Baker sunk a birdie compared to Zach Healy’s par to go up one hole, then finished him with another birdie on the par-4 18th to end at 2 UP in the match.

Fifth-seeded Ellis defeated fourth-seeded Sepp Straka somewhat handily, going up three holes when he delivered a par on the par-3, 216-yard eighth hole. While Ellis relinquished a hole on the 14th to go up just one, he recorded another par on the 16th to go up by two holes and a tie on the 17th sealed the match.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar, who finished 12th in stroke play on Saturday, went all square with Georgia’s Jaime Lopez Rivarola. Senior Hank Lebioda, fresh off a second-place finish in stroke play, dropped his match to UGA’s Lee McCoy 2 & 1.

The ACC defeated the SEC in a close match-play battle 15.5-14.5, defending its title from last season.

“One of the main reasons we came here was for the match play portion of the tournament,” Jones added. “We don't get to compete in match play very often and when you do you need to learn from the experiences. It was also gratifying to help the ACC win the conference challenge. It's nice to be on the same team with those guys for a change.”

Name                       Place  Total
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Hank Lebioda                         0
Harry Ellis                          0
Jack Maguire                        69
Bennett Baker                       70
Cristobal Del Solar                 70

JERRY PATE INTERCOLLEGIATE, 4th place
10/06/2015, October 5-6, 2015, Vestavia Hills, Al

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Three Noles in the Top 10 Through Two Rounds at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.
No. 1 Florida State Men's Golf is fourth at 2-under.

October 5, 2015 VESTAVIA HILLS, AL – The top-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team finds itself in fourth place at 2-under (279-279) through the first two rounds of play at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate located at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Tournament host Alabama has a wide lead at 12-under, followed by Auburn (6-under) and Florida (5-under). FSU senior Hank Lebioda (-3), redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar (-3) and junior Jack Maguire (-2) have paced the Seminoles as each ranks in the Top 10 individually.

“For the second straight tournament we’ve continued to struggle for a competitive fourth and fifth score,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We certainly have the depth to find the right combination.”

Throughout the fall the Seminoles have gotten stellar play from their top three positions. Lebioda shot a 68 in the first round and added a 69 in round two, giving him five sub-70 scores in eight rounds played so far in the 2015-16 season. He is tied for fifth in the tournament.

Like his teammates, Lebioda was sharp on par 4 holes in both rounds, averaging 3.75 strokes and shooting 6-under to tie with Maguire for the second-best average in the tournament. Maguire shot the low round of the day for the Seminoles, carding a 67 in round two which included four birdies to just one bogey.

Maguire is tied for seventh overall and searching for his third Top 5 finish in as many fall tournaments this season.

Del Solar has given the Seminoles a boost, recording nine birdies in his two rounds played to tie for fifth with first and second-round scores of 68 and 69, respectively. In both rounds he birdied the Old Overton Club’s par 5, 425-yard fifth hole.

FSU fell back in the leaderboard due to some difficulties at par 3 holes, particularly on the 12th hole at 218 yards that was regarded as the toughest hole on the course. Out of 120 times the hole was played on Monday, it was only birdied four times by the field.

“We need better commitment and execution on the hard holes,” Jones added. “We are far from that at the moment when you play a 218-yard par 3 over water and shoot 11-over.”

Freshman Corey Carlson was the latest Seminole to get his chance and he finished his first two rounds respectably. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native shot 6-over (72-74) against a difficult golf course, tying for 37th so far. Senior Rowin Caron shot a pair of 74’s to go 8-over and is tied for 44th.


Caron's Career-Best 64 Highlights FSU's Fourth-Place Finish.
Senior and returning All-American Rowin Caron shoots a career-best 64 on the final day of the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

October 6, 2015 VESTAVIA HILLS, AL – Florida State Men’s senior golfer Rowin Caron found the momentum he was searching for on Tuesday when he fired a career-best 64 to highlight FSU’s fourth-place finish at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala.

“Rowin played a great round today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “It was a needed comeback from him and for the team after his start.”

The top-ranked Seminoles finished their third tournament of the fall season shooting a 7-under overall and a 5-under 275 in Tuesday’s final round. It was FSU’s best round at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, largely buoyed by Caron’s efficiency on the course.

Caron’s 64 is the lowest score by a Seminole so far in the fall season and the lowest since Jack Maguire recorded a 62 at the USF Invitational on March 4, 2014. Caron’s final round at the Old Overton Club included nine birdies and consistent play on the front and back nine with a pair of 32’s.

A native of The Netherlands, Caron was able to bounce back from a slow start at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate to finish with a 2-over 212.

Senior Hank Lebioda recorded another superb round by shooting a 2-under 68 on Tuesday and finishing tied for fourth overall with a 5-under 205. In each of his last two tournaments at the DICK’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Cup and the Jerry Pate, he has combined for 10-under par.

Lebioda has also shot six consecutive rounds at par or under, and owns another Top 5 finish after placing second at last week’s tournament in Nashville. He joined Maguire in finishing with 13 birdies at the tournament, tying for the fifth-most.

“Hank played another solid tournament,” Jones added. “He was struggling with consistency all week but he kept competing.”

Maguire carded an even-par 70 in the final round to finish tied for sixth with a 2-under 208. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native is the lone Seminole to finish under par in all three tournaments played in the fall.

Maguire appeared to get himself into a jam with back-to-back bogies on holes 13 and 14, followed by a double bogey on 15, but came back to sank consecutive birdies and finish strong.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar finished tied for 14th with an even-par 210, including a 73 in the final round. Freshman Corey Carlson ended his first collegiate showing with a 9-over 219.

Tournament host Alabama won shooting at 19-under, followed by second-place Florida (-14) and third-place Auburn (-13). FSU was one of four schools that finished under par in the field.

“While this is a veteran team, there are some inherent challenges in competitive golf that make the game very difficult,” Jones said. “We had some guys show frustration during the event and that is a sign of not being in the present.”

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Hank Lebioda                 4t    68    69    68    205
Jack Maguire                 6t    71    67    70    208
Cristobal Del Solar         14t    68    69    73    210
Rowin Caron                 20t    74    74    64    212
Corey Carlson               41     72    74    73    219

U.S. COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP, 4th place
10/18/2015, October 16-18, 2015, Alpharetta, Ga

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Men’s Golf in First Place at U.S. Collegiate Championship.
No. 1 ranked Florida State leads Virginia by one stroke shooting a 6-under 282 through the first round at its final fall tournament.

October 16, 2015

ALPHARETTA, GA – The Florida State Men’s Golf team got off to another good start, this time taking a one-stroke lead over Virginia through the first round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship held at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.

The Seminoles shot 6-under on the opening day, entering the day fourth in the country in first-round scoring average. Junior Jack Maguire shot a 3-under 69 to lead FSU, followed by redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar (70), senior Rowin Caron (71), senior Hank Lebioda (72) and junior Josh Lee (72).

Florida State is the only team in the field where all five of its student-athletes have not shot over par.

FSU capitalized on its long holes on Friday, leading the field in par 5 scoring average at 4.60. FSU’s 17 birdies are also tied for second behind only Virginia. Lee, who is making his second appearance in the fall, had a 4.25 scoring average on par 5’s to tie for the second best in the field.

Maguire totaled five of FSU’s 17 birdies in his first-round scorecard, including three on the back nine. Del Solar was steady with a pair of 35’s on the front and back nine, only absorbing one bogey in the round. Caron also totaled three birdies, and his lone blemish was a double bogey on the par-4 16th that was 419 yards away.

Relative to par, Lebioda’s 72 (even) means that he hasn’t shot above par in his last seven rounds played. He capped his first round with a birdie on a long 564-yard par 5 on the 18th hole.


#FSUGolf Ends the Fall at Fourth.

October 18, 2015

ALPHARETTA, GA – A third-round score of 68 by junior Josh Lee helped the Florida State Men’s Golf team to a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship on Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.

“I am proud of the way we competed as a team this week,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We had a chance to win a great golf tournament with six holes to play. Hats off to (co-champions) Wake Forest and Auburn. This was a golf course that I knew would be a challenge for us with the elevations and lack of drivers off the tee.”

The Seminoles shot 4-under for the tournament to trail co-champions Auburn and Wake Forest (9-under) and third-place Clemson (5-under). FSU finished even on Sunday with a 288.

Lee’s 4-under round of 68 on Sunday only trailed Stanford product Maverick McNealy’s 67. Included in his impressive round were four birdies as well as an eagle on the 540-yard par 5 ninth hole when he went into the turn with a 3. Lee, who hails from Orange Park, Fla., shot a 32 on the front nine. His final-round 68 is tied for his second-lowest score ever, behind the 67 he shot at the 2014 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate last fall.

Lee’s strong showing gives him confidence heading into the offseason before the Seminoles gear up for spring play on Feb. 20, 2016, at the Gator Invitational. He conquered a difficult course where the average score was two above par in the final round.

“I wanted to get the guys out of their comfort zone this fall and play courses that were demanding from tee to green on different grasses,” Jones said. “Our discipline was good for the most part but we still need to handle adversity better.”

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar led FSU with a 12th-place individual finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship. He shot a 3-under 213 over the three days, tying for the second-best Par 4 scoring average of all individuals at 3.87. His final round included birdies on two Par 4’s at No. 2 (339 yards) and No. 8 (353 yards).

Senior Hank Lebioda tied for 13th with a 2-under 214. The returning All-American shot back-to-back 1-under 71’s on Saturday and Sunday. Fellow All-American Jack Maguire finished with a 1-over 217 to tie for 22nd while Lee tied for 25th with a 2-over 218 score.

FSU’s fall season consists of four Top-4 finishes in each of its tournaments played. The Noles opened with a win at the Olympia Fields Invitational, followed by a third-place showing at the DICK’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Cup. Last week FSU placed fourth at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

“Due to our competitive schedule, we know what we need to do this offseason and I am confident we will be ready to play in February,” Jones added.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Cristobal Del Solar         12     70    71    72    213
Hank Lebioda                13t    72    71    71    214
Jack Maguire                22t    69    71    77    217
Josh Lee                    25t    72    78    68    218
Rowin Caron                 55t    71    77    77    225

GATOR INVITATIONAL, 4th place
02/21/2016, February 20-21, 2016, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 3 Florida State Men's Golf in Fifth Place Through Day 1 of SunTrust Gator Invite.
Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar fires a pair of 67's to lead the Seminoles in their season-opening tournament.

February 20, 2016

GAINESVILLE, FL - The third-ranked Florida State Men's Golf team ended the first two rounds of the SunTrust Gator Invitational in fifth place at 1-over on Saturday afternoon. FSU shot a 282 (+2) in the first round before improving with a 279 (-1) in round two.

Sparking the Seminoles on the course Saturday was the consistent play of redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar. The Chile native shot a pair of 3-under 67's in the first and second rounds, sitting at 6-under overall (134) and in fourth place individually.

"Today was a perfect day to play golf," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "As a team we did not execute well early on, but did better late in the day. Cristobal is one of the best competitors I have had the privilege to coach. His mental toughness kept us in the tournament."

Del Solar executed the best in par 4 situations, shooting 3-under on the day and finishing second-best with an average score of 3.85. He shot above par on just two of his 36 holes played, two bogeys compared to his eight birdies. In his first round, he strung together three consecutive birdies on holes 12-14.

Senior and returning All-American Rowin Caron went 2-over for the day with a combined score of 142. After shooting a 74 in the opening round, he bettered his score by six strokes with a 68 in round two, using seven birdies to his advantage in the better round.

Steady senior and returning All-American Hank Lebioda shot 3-over through the first two rounds, shooting a 72 in round one and a 71 in round two. The Winter Springs, Fla., native was 1-under on the day playing par 5's with an average score of 4.83.

Junior Josh Lee matched Lebioda's two-round score of 143, shooting 3-over. Lee was even through the first round with a 70 before finishing with a 73 in the second round.

Freshman Tyler Bakich made his Garnet and Gold debut and finished 6-over (143) through his first two collegiate rounds of play.

FSU finished with the third-most birdies through two rounds with 32 and executed in par 5 situations, combining to shoot 7-under.

Tournament host Florida leads the field at 10-under, followed by USF (-9), Jacksonville (-8) and Vanderbilt (-2) before rounding out with FSU.

"We have an experienced team that will come out and compete on Sunday," Jones added.


Well-Played Final Round Gives Florida State Men's Golf Fourth-Place Finish.
Rowin Caron, Hank Lebioda and Josh Lee save their best golf for the final round as FSU Golf combines to shoot 10-under on Sunday.

February 21, 2016

GAINESVILLE, FL - The Florida State Men's Golf team produced their best play of the tournament on Sunday as its final-round 270 (-10) gave it a fourth-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational at Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Junior Josh Lee recorded the lowest round of his career in Gainesville with a 4-under 66, while senior Hank Lebioda tied his lowest career round with a 66 as well. Senior Rowin Caron delivered a 3-under 67, as all three golfers helped the Seminoles to a final-round 270, nine strokes better than their second round score of 279.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar shot a 71 (+1) on Sunday, finishing tied for eighth overall with an aggregate score of 205 (-5). His first tournament of the spring was just two strokes off of his lowest total score of 203 at the 2014 USF Invitational.

Lebioda, Caron and Lee all finished in a tie for 14th, giving FSU four golfers who finished in the Top 15 individually in the tournament. Lebioda recorded six birdies on Sunday afternoon, including three consecutive between the third and fifth holes. He finished shooting 209 (-1) for the three-day tournament.

Caron finished tied for third among all participants in par 3 scoring, averaging a score of 2.87 throughout the tournament. He also totaled 14 birdies to finish fifth among all players, adding five more on Sunday, to finish 1-under for the tournament.

Lee's career-best 66 and top career tournament score of 209 (-1) was due to his bogey-free round on Sunday. The Orange Park, Fla., native made birdies on hole five (par 4 - 453 yards), seven (par 5 - 565 yards), 14 (par 4 - 371) and 17 (par 4 - 336 yards).

Freshman Tyler Bakich had a good showing at his first tournament, finishing with a third consecutive 73 and shooting 219 overall (+9).

USF won the SunTrust Gator Invitational shooting 22-under overall (818), followed by Vanderbilt (-14) and Florida (-13).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Cristobal Del Solar          8t    67    67    71    205
Josh Lee                    14t    70    73    66    209
Hank Lebioda                14t    72    71    66    209
Rowin Caron                 14t    74    68    67    209
Tyler Bakich                47t    73    73    73    219

QUERENCIA CABO COLLEGIATE, 7th place
03/01/2016, February 26-28, 2016, Los Cabos, Mexico

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Men's Golf Sits in Fifth Thru Day One in Mexico
Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar continues his excellent play to Help Florida State finish the first round at even par.

February 28, 2016

LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Two Seminoles in Cristobal Del Solar (-4) and Rowin Caron (-2) finished under par in round one of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate as Florida State Men’s Golf is in fifth place at even par.

The challenging course at Los Cabos Querencia proved to be anything but for Del Solar on Sunday, as the Chile native shot a 67 to tie for second among all individuals at the tournament. Del Solar strung together five birdies to just one bogey, and has shot under par in five of his last seven rounds played.

Del Solar’s 4-under score is his lowest round of the year.

Caron, a senior from the Netherlands, shot a 2-under 69 to tie for seventh among all individuals in day one. Caron matched Del Solar in par-4 scoring, shooting 2-under on the day with an average score of 3.82.

Senior Hank Lebioda and redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis each shot 3-over 74’s, while junior Josh Lee finished the first round with a 5-over 76.

USF leads the field with a 10-under 274, followed by Baylor (-9), California (-3) and Georgia (-3).


Caron Consistent as FSU Men's Golf Gets Through Round Two in Mexico.
Senior Rowin Caron is tied for ninth individually as the Seminoles hold the sixth-place spot at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.

February 29, 2016

LOS CABOS, MEXICO - Returning senior All-American Rowin Caron continued his steady ways in round two of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, shooting a 1-under 70 as No. 3 Florida State Men's Golf is tied for sixth in the competitive tournament.

Through two rounds the Seminoles are 1-over after shooting one stroke higher at 285 (+1) on Monday. Despite Caron also adding a stroke compared to his first-round score, the Netherlands native is tied for ninth individually and one of just 19 student-athletes shooting under par in the field.

Georgia leads the field at 19-under (549), followed by USF (-11), Stanford (-4), Baylor (-4) and California (-2) in fifth. FSU is tied with Vanderbilt at 1-over.

A few Seminoles improved upon their first-round scores, especially junior Josh Lee. The Orange Park, Fla., native shaved six strokes off his first round by shooting a 1-under 70 to total 4-over so far. With a shotgun start to Monday's round, Lee began his day with a birdie on the ninth hole that was a par 5 and 595 yards.

Senior All-American Hank Lebioda also shot a 1-under 70 on Monday, adding five birdies. He is tied for the lead among all individual participants with 10 birdies through his first two rounds.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar is tied for 20th at even-par after shooting a 4-over 75. He led FSU with a 4-under 67 in the first round on Sunday.

Redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis ended his second round carding an 80.


Florida State Men’s Golf Finishes Seventh at Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
Redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis records his best round of the year with a 1-over 72 as the Seminoles finish their tournament in Mexico.

March 1, 2016

LOS CABOS, MEXICO – The No. 3-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team ended its stay in Mexico on Tuesday by finishing seventh at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate at Los Cabo Querencia.

Scores for nearly the entire field were higher on Tuesday, and FSU followed suit by shooting a 15-over 299 on the difficult golf course. Shining brightly in the final round of the tournament was redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis, who recorded his best round of the 2015-16 year with a 1-over 72.

In Ellis’ final round, he carded a birdie on his opening hole at the par-5, 595 yarder on nine, followed by another birdie at the par-4, 453 yard hole on 10. He recorded five birdies in the round to finish the tournament strong. Ellis finished 64th among individuals in the competitive field.

Senior Hank Lebioda was Florida State’s top player, shooting a 5-over 218 for the tournament. He finished in a tie for 28th, while redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar and senior Rowin Caron tied for 34th with aggregate scores of 219 (+6).

Junior Josh Lee recorded a 76 (+5) in his final round to finish tied for 49th at 9-over (222).

Florida State’s seventh-place finish breaks an impressive streak of 15 consecutive regular season tournaments (fall or spring) where the Seminoles placed in the Top five. The last time FSU was out of the Top five was at the Mason Rudolph Championship played April 4-6, 2014, in Franklin, Tenn.

The Seminoles return to host the Seminole Intercollegiate held at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee from March 11-13. Participating teams for the 14-team tournament include FSU, Jacksonville, James Madison, Louisville, Mercer, Penn State, Troy, Ole Miss, East Tennessee State, Illinois State, West Virginia, VCU, Auburn and Penn.

FSU won the Seminole Intercollegiate in 2015, carding a 17-under par in the final round to get the come-from-behind win.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Hank Lebioda                28t    74    70    74    218
Rowin Caron                 34t    69    70    80    219
Cristobal Del Solar         34t    67    75    77    219
Josh Lee                    49t    76    70    76    222
Harry Ellis                 64     74    80    72    226

SEMINOLE INVITATIONAL, 2nd place
03/12/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, March 11-12, 2016

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Del Solar’s Solid First Round Sparks Florida State at Seminole Intercollegiate.
Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar’s 69 helps No. 4 Florida State Men’s Golf to a third-place tie through the first day.

March 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar continued his streak of solid play as he posted his 10th round of the year under par to lead No. 4 Florida State Men’s Golf to a tie for third place in the first round of the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club.

Despite a double bogey on the 18th hole, the Chile native led the Seminoles with a 3-under 69 as Florida State shot a collective 285 (3-under). James Madison (6-under 282) and Jacksonville (4-under 284) are first and second, respectively, through the first day.

“We really talked about getting off to a hot start and we feel like we hadn’t done that lately,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We wanted to play the golf course and not let the golf course play us right out of the gate. We did a great job of that. We came out and got under par.”

Highlighting Del Solar’s first round were two eagles, as he started off well by scoring a 3 on the 547-yard par 5 first hole, followed by another 3 on the 628-yard par 5 on the fourth hole. He started the front nine well by shooting a 32. Del Solar is tied for fourth among individuals.

Del Solar tied for the best score on par 5’s on Friday, shooting 5-under with an average score of 3.75 in long-hole situations. His two eagles also led all players.

“From an individual standpoint Cristobal had a great round of golf,” Jones added. “He was five-under through 17 holes before his double bogey on 18.”

Providing the Seminoles with a boost was redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis, who shot a 1-under 71 to mark his second-lowest score as a Seminole. The Southampton, England, native finished his round with a back-nine 34, shooting birdies on the par-4 14th and the par-5 16th.

“Harry Ellis played well all day long. He’s really progressing in our lineup and has a world of opportunity to improve,” Jones said. “He’s probably improved more than anyone on our team. We’re real excited for him.”

Senior Hank Lebioda also shot under par, recording a 1-under 71. He took advantage of his four par-3 holes, averaging a 2.75 to tie for the second-best in par 3’s.

Freshman Corey Carlson, who played individually, also shot a 1-under 71. On the par-4, 335-yard 11th hole, the Green Cove Springs, Fla., native recorded an eagle to highlight a back-nine 35.

Freshman Tyler Bakich helped the team score after finishing up nicely on his final two holes. Southwood’s par 3 on hole 17 registered as the second-hardest hole of the day, but Bakich recorded a birdie and a nice par on 18 to help the Seminoles land a tie for third place.


Lebioda Captures Seminole Intercollegiate Title.
Senior Hank Lebioda’s final-round 68 gives him first outright title of his career as FSU Men’s Golf finishes second in its host tournament.

March 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida State Men’s Golf senior Hank Lebioda captured his first career outright individual title on Saturday evening as he shot a final-round 68 to win the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club.

Lebioda’s final-round push helped the fourth-ranked Seminoles finish in second place (12-under 852) behind third-ranked Auburn (14-under 850), which out-shot FSU by two strokes. Lebioda, a returning All-American, finished 8-under with rounds of 69 (-3) and 68 (-4) on Saturday.

“It means a lot,” Lebioda said. “I’ve been here for four years now, it’s practically been my home course. They feel like family here, and to come out and perform the way I did today is really nice. It’s humbling and it’s an honor.”

The Winter Springs, Fla., native entered the tournament ranked 14th individually by Golfstat, and will surely move up after another consistent and competitive performance. Lebioda was masterful in par 3 situations, finishing second among all players with an average score of 2.92 while shooting 1-under overall. The senior leader finished his weekend with 14 birdies.

Lebioda was able to hold off second-place individual Adrian Meronk of East Tennessee State thanks to a strong four-hole finish. He birdied the 16th hole which was a par-5, 541 yarder, followed by a par on a par-3 17th that proved to be one of the toughest holes on the course. He then birdied the par-4 18th before finishing with a par on the first hole in what was a shot-gun start.

“Hank has one of the lowest final-round stroke averages of anybody that’s played here,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “He’s one of those guys that we kind of expect to do that, and he saves his best for last a lot. A 36-hole day is good for a guy like Hank because he is mentally strong and doesn’t let things get him down.”

Lebioda’s win marks his first outright title. He tied for first at the 2014 Gator Invitational when he was a sophomore.

Florida State shot well in its second round to start the day with a 7-under 281, then finished with a 1-under 286. Finishing in the top five behind Auburn and FSU was James Madison (-10), East Tennessee State (-8) and Penn State (-8).

“We played consistent, had a lot of guys around par at 1-over or 1-under. We just have to get to the next step and get those guys a little deeper,” Jones said of his team’s performance.

Playing as an individual, freshman Corey Carlson finished tied for seventh overall with a 4-under 212. Carlson ended his home team’s tournament with a final-round 69. Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar finished with a 2-under 214 overall, tying for 13th.

Redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis made strides at the Seminole Intercollegiate, wrapping up Saturday’s event with a 1-under 215.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Hank Lebioda                 1     71    69    68    208
Corey Carlson             *  7t    71    72    69    212
Cristobal Del Solar         13t    69    71    74    214
Harry Ellis                 22t    71    72    72    215
Rowin Caron                 30t    75    70    72    217
Josh Lee                  * 35t    77    70    71    218
Bennett Baker             * 41t    76    70    73    219
Tyler Bakich                41t    74    71    74    219
Anthony Alex              * 60t    76    77    73    226

VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITE, 11th place
03/22/2016, March 21-22, 2016, Palm City, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Caron, Carlson Lead #FSUGolf Thru Round One.

March 21, 2016

PALM CITY, FL – Through the first round of the competitive Valspar Intercollegiate, Florida State Men’s golfers Rowin Caron (-1) and Corey Carlson (E) have helped FSU stay in contention with solid showings.

Playing at the Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., Caron finished his first round on a strong note by registering birdies on four of his last six holes played. He capped his good round with a birdie on the par-3, 210-yard second hole. The Netherlands native was 3-over par through his first 12 holes before going on his run.

Carlson continues to impress with an even-par 71. His highlight to the round was an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole that was 575 yards. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native had six holes where he shot under par, providing him with the second-lowest score in the first round for FSU.

Senior Hank Lebioda, coming off his first outright win at the Seminole Intercollegiate, was steady once again with a 1-over 72. Lebioda began his round well with a birdie on the opening par-4 hole, and added back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13.

Junior Josh Lee added a 3-over 74, while redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar posted a four-over 75.


Caron Finishes Tied for 10th at Valspar Intercollegiate.
Senior Rowin Caron finishes with a 2-over 215 as Florida State Men’s Golf places 11th at one of the nation’s most competitive tournaments.

March 22, 2016

PALM CITY, FL – Florida State senior men’s golfer Rowin Caron continued his fine play at the Valspar Intercollegiate as he finished the tournament with a 2-over 215 to place 10th among all individuals on Tuesday afternoon at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.

Caron finished his second round with a 2-over 73 and ended the tournament with a 1-over 72 in Tuesday’s final round. His 10th-place finish is his best showing of the 2015-16 year, guiding the Seminoles in one of the nation’s most exclusive tournaments where all 15 teams were ranked in the Golfstat Top 50.

Overall, Florida State finished 11th with an aggregate score of 882 (+30). After a tough second round where the Seminoles shot 20-over (304), FSU came back on Tuesday by shaving 14 strokes off its overall score with a 290 (+6) in the final round.

Texas won the 2016 Valspar Intercollegiate with a 3-over 855 final score. LSU’s Zach Wright defeated Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips on the first playoff hole to earn medalist honors.

Caron’s ability to attack the always-difficult par 3 holes helped him post one of the stronger individual scores of the entire tournament. He averaged an even-par three strokes in all short-hole situations, while Florida State finished third among all teams with a 12-over score on par 3 holes.

Caron’s 37 pars throughout the tournament also tied for third-most among all individuals.

Senior Hank Lebioda posted FSU’s second-lowest score of the tournament at 8-over (221). He battled back from a tough second round where he shot a 77 to post a 72 in the final 18 holes. Despite a triple bogey on hole 11, his second hole of the final round, he came back with three birdies and was steady with 12 pars.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar tied for 44th after finishing his final round with a 2-over 73, his best score of the tournament. Junior Josh Lee, who posted an impressive 73 (+2) in his second round, shot a 76 in the final 18 holes and tied Del Solar with a final score of 10-over (223).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Rowin Caron                 10t    70    73    72    215
Hank Lebioda                31t    72    77    72    221
Cristobal Del Solar         44t    75    75    73    223
Josh Lee                  * 44t    74    73    76    223
Corey Carlson               55t    71    80    75    226
Harry Ellis                 72t    83    79    73    235

IRISH CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE, 4th place
04/09/2016, April 8-9, 2016, Kannapolis, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Men's Golf Tied for Sixth at Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate.
Senior Rowin Caron (-1) is tied for seventh among all competitors through the first two rounds of the tournament.

April 9, 2016

KANNAPOLIS, NC – Sixth-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf ended its first two rounds of the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate in sixth place, shooting 13-over (581) on Saturday at the Club at Irish Creek.

Senior Rowin Caron is tied for seventh among all competitors after shooting 1-under (141) through the first two rounds, shooting even par in the first round (71) and a 70 in the second. Caron has found his stroke as of late, coming off a 10th-place finish at the competitive Valspar Collegiate.

Caron was at his best on par 3 holes, shooting an average score of 2.88 that was the second-best among all players in the field. Playing eight par 3 holes on the day, he registered three birdies along with two bogeys and three pars. In his second round, Caron finished with consecutive birdies at the par-3 eighth hole as well as the par-4 ninth.

Senior Hank Lebioda finished his first two rounds with a 1-over 143, shooting 72 in the first round and 71 in the second. In the first round, he double bogeyed the par-5 14th hole, followed by consecutive bogeys on the 15th and 16th. However, he recovered strong with consecutive birdies on the first and second holes, followed by another birdie on the par-4 fifth hole. Lebioda added four birdies in his second round.

Junior Josh Lee was also steady for the Seminoles, shooting a 73 and a 74 in the first and second rounds, respectively. His 5-over score is tied for 25th.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar is at 8-over after scores of 74 and 76, while Bennett Baker is 16-over.

Kennesaw State is first in the field at 1-under, while Wake Forest is second at even-par. VCU (+5), UNCW (+9) and North Carolina (+11) round out the top five.


Caron Leads Florida State Men’s Golf to Fourth-Place Finish.
Senior Rowin Caron’s final score of 1-under (212) leads the Seminoles to a good final round at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate.

April 10, 2016

KANNAPOLIS, NC – The sixth-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team shot its best collective round on Sunday afternoon, combining for a 286 (2-over) to finish fourth overall (15-over) at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate at The Club at Irish Creek.

Numerous FSU golfers shot their best scores of the weekend, including junior Josh Lee’s 1-under 70 on Sunday. Lee registered four birdies opposite of his three bogeys on a difficult golf course, including a final birdie on the par-4 second hole that was 382 yards. Lee finished tied for 16th individually.

Senior Rowin Caron ended strong with a final-round 71 (E) to finish eighth among all players at the tournament. Caron’s final round was steady, finishing with a birdie on the par-3, 186 yard third hole, a bogey on the par-5 sixth and 16 pars. Caron finished first among all players in par 3 scoring, shooting 2-under with an average score of 2.83.

As a team, Florida State finished second with a combined score of 12-over on par 3 holes, trailing only Kennesaw State (+10). FSU was third in par 4 scoring (+24) and had the second-most pars (178).

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar recorded a 72 on the final day, also his best showing of the weekend. He set the tone for the day with consecutive birdies on his first two holes.

Freshman Bennett Baker finished well with a 73 (+2) in his final round.

Fellow ACC team Wake Forest won the tournament with a final score of 3-over (867). FSU’s fourth-place finish moved it up two spots from its end-of-day spot on Saturday.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Rowin Caron                  8     71    70    71    212
Josh Lee                    16t    73    74    70    217
Hank Lebioda                19t    72    71    75    218
Cristobal Del Solar         32t    74    76    72    222
Bennett Baker               68t    78    80    73    231

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP, 3rd place
04/24/2016, April 22-24, 2016, New London, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Carlson, Lebioda Help FSU Golf Tie for Third in Opening Round.
Freshman Corey Carlson (-1) and senior Hank Lebioda (-1) lead the Seminoles to a 1-under par performance in the first round of the ACC Championship.

April 22, 2016

NEW LONDON, NC - It was an even-keeled opening round for No. 7 Florida State Men's Golf on Friday at the ACC Championship at Old North State Club. As a team, FSU shot 1-under (287) to sit in a tie for third place.

Freshman Corey Carlson made his conference tournament debut in impressive fashion, showing little nerves with a 1-under 71 that ties for the 13th-best among all individuals. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native finished with a 35 on the back nine, punctuated by a birdie on the Par-4 13th hole that is 389 yards. Carlson only recorded one hole above par and added two birdies.

Senior Hank Lebioda matched Carlson for the team's low score with a 71 on the Par-72 hole course. The Ben Hogan Watch List member had a lively three-hole finish with bogeys on the 16th and 17th. However, the senior leader finished strong with a birdie on the par-5, 568-yard 18th hole to end his round with satisfaction.

Junior Josh Lee was solid with an even-par 72, knocking home three birdies in his round. Senior Rowin Caron (+1) and redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar (+1) each recorded 73's. Currently, all five Seminoles are within the Top 25, including Carlson, Lebioda (T-13th), Lee (T-18th), Del Solar (T-24th) and Caron (T-24th).

Clemson (-15) and Wake Forest (-11) hold a commanding grip on the first and second spots. Tying with FSU at 1-under is Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech and Louisville.

Florida State recorded 64 pars to match Clemson and Georgia Tech for the most in the field, and executed once again with a 2.95 average score on par 3's that ranks second. Carlson's 15 pars recorded is tied for the second most among all individuals.


Seminoles Remain in Third Through Two Rounds at the ACC Championship.
Senior Rowin Caron is the first Seminole to shoot in the 60's with a 3-under 69 to lead Florida State Men's Golf.

April 23, 2016

NEW LONDON, NC - Senior Rowin Caron's team-low score of 69 (3-under) in the second round of the ACC Championship highlighted Florida State's third-place showing on Saturday afternoon at the Old North State Club.

Clemson leads the field at 19-under, while Wake Forest sits in second (-11) and FSU sits in third (-5). The final round will be completed on Sunday with ESPN3 coverage starting at 1 p.m.

The Seminoles lowered their score by three strokes on Saturday (284), as Caron delivered five birdies including three in his first four holes played. He carded a 34 on the front nine and a 35 on the back end. Caron shot four strokes better than his first-round score of 73, and is tied for the individual lead in par 3 scoring at 2-under.

Senior Hank Lebioda is tied for six among all individuals after shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday. Consistent as usual, Lebioda shot a 35 on the front and back nines, enjoying a sequence on holes 11-14 where he birdied three out of four.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar bettered his Saturday score by one stroke compared to Friday, shooting an even-par 72. He finished his round in stellar fashion with a birdie on the par-5 18th. Freshman Corey Carlson shot a 73 (+1) while junior Josh Lee shot a 76 (+4).

Behind the Seminoles are Georgia Tech (-1) and Virginia (-1) tied for fourth, followed by Duke (even), NC State (+1), Louisville (+4), North Carolina (+12), Notre Dame (+15), Boston College (+27) and Virginia Tech (+28).


Florida State Men's Golf Finishes Third at ACC Championship.
The seventh-ranked Seminoles shoot 5-under for the tournament, including even par in the final round.

April 24, 2016

NEW LONDON, NC - The seventh-ranked Florida State Men's Golf team finished third in the ACC Championship held at Old North State Club in New London, N.C.

The Seminoles shot 5-under for the tournament, joining conference champion Clemson (-25) and Wake Forest (-14) as the only ACC teams to shoot under par among the 12 competing institutions. FSU went even par on Sunday, finishing with a 288 and totaling a three-round score of 859 that was five strokes lower than fourth-place Georgia Tech (864 - Even).

Senior Hank Lebioda finished tied for ninth among the individuals, shooting 3-under overall and adding an even-par 72 on Sunday. It is Lebioda's fourth Top 10 finish of the year as he led the Seminoles with 11 birdies in the three-day tournament.

Senior Rowin Caron tied for 16th with an even-par showing over the three rounds, shooting a 2-over 74 on Sunday. Caron joined Lebioda and teammate Cristobal Del Solar (Even) as one of 22 players who shot even par or lower in the field.

Del Solar tied for FSU's lowest round of the day with a 1-under 71. He recorded one birdie on the Par 5, 557-yard hole and registered pars on the other 17 holes played. Junior Josh Lee also shot a 71 which included two birdies on two par-5 holes.

Freshman Corey Carlson rounded out the Seminole performance with a 74 and finished with a 2-over 218 overall.

While Clemson and Wake Forest took first and second-place honors, Georgia Tech finished fourth, followed by Duke (+1), Louisville in sixth (+2), NC State (+5), North Carolina (+6) and Virginia (+6), Notre Dame (+19), Virginia Tech (+26) and Boston College (+37).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Hank Lebioda                 9t    71    70    72    213
Cristobal Del Solar         16t    73    72    71    216
Rowin Caron                 16t    73    69    74    216
Corey Carlson               25t    71    73    74    218
Josh Lee                    29t    72    76    71    219

NCAA KOHLER REGION, 4th(t) place
05/18/2016, May 15-18, 2016, Kohler, Wi

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Lebioda Keeps Noles in Contention Early at NCAA Kohler Regional.
The ACC Player of the Year is tied for the individual lead at 3-under at the NCAA Golf Kohler Regional while FSU is in third on the team leaderboard.

May 16, 2016

KOHLER, WI - Led by the senior experience of Hank Lebioda, the second-seeded Florida State Men's Golf team got off to a good start at the NCAA Golf Regional in Kohler, Wis., on Monday, shooting a 4-under 284 to sit in third place through the first round.

The regional, which is being played at the picturesque Blackwolf Run Meadow Valley Course, is being led by Florida and Idaho at 5-under apiece. With FSU one stroke behind in third, Kent State (even) follows in fourth while top-seeded Illinois (+1) is in fifth place.

After being named the ACC Player of the Year last week, Lebioda backed up his worth praise by shooting a 3-under 69 to lead Florida State and rank among the top individual performers on the day. The Winter Springs, Fla., native exploited his birdie chances on the course's four par-5 holes, sinking lower scores on three of them.

Lebioda's five birdies on the day led to his 38th career round in the 60s, including his 10th of the year. He now has 452 career birdies at FSU, just three shy of surpassing current record holder and PGA Tour player Brooks Koepka who had 454 from 2009-12.

"We had really good focus and composure today," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "The players were professional and competed well today. We should use this and build confidence and come out Tuesday and execute."

The Seminoles produced their 18th round this year at par or better, which is the second-most in program history behind last year's 2014-15 squad (24). On a difficult course in cooler conditions, FSU took what it was given and converted a field-best 59 pars while tying for second with 18 birdies. Only FSU (even) and South Dakota State (even) shot at par or better on the 10 par-4 holes.

All-ACC Team member Cristobal Del Solar also helped FSU with a 1-under 71 on Monday, tying for 11th. The redshirt junior from Chile added three birdies, including two on par-4 holes, while shooting 35 on the front and an even 36 on the back nine.

Senior Rowin Caron and junior Josh Lee each added even-par 72 performances. Caron's day was eventful with five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey, but he finished strong with a birdie on the final par-4, 458-yard 18th hole to move FSU up the leaderboard.

Lee added four birdies along with two bogeys and a double bogey, but his birdie on the par-3, 196-yard 15th hole also gave the Seminoles a vital boost.

Freshman Corey Carlson made his NCAA postseason debut and held strong with a 1-over 73. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native played things pretty safely all day with 15 pars to go along with a birdie and two bogeys.


Florida State Ends Second Round in Third Place at NCAA Kohler Regional.
Three Seminoles in Cristobal Del Solar, Rowin Caron and Corey Carlson shoot even par to keep FSU among the low five.

May 17, 2016

KOHLER, WI – Workmanlike efforts from redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar, senior Rowin Caron and freshman Corey Carlson helped No. 2 seed Florida State Men’s Golf position itself nicely in the second round of the NCAA Kohler Regional at Blackwolf Run Meadow Valley Course.

While the Seminoles shot 2-over (290) compared to their 4-under performance on Monday, FSU is entrenched in its low-five spot needed to advance to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. FSU is in third place at 2-under overall, trailing leader Florida (-11) by nine strokes and top-seeded Illinois (-4) by two strokes.

Behind the Seminoles are fourth-place Arkansas (even), fifth-place Idaho (+6), Baylor (+8), South Dakota State (+11), Kent State (+12), UCLA (+12), East Tennessee State (+12), Penn State (+14), Memphis (+15) and Campbell (+22).

Wednesday marks the final round of the NCAA Kohler Regional, with FSU looking to advance to its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship.

“We took advantage of the par 5’s today and looked in control of our games for most of the day,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We got frustrated at times and that is a sign of trying too hard and not being in the present.”

With FSU accumulating 20 holes played on the par 5 holes on Tuesday (four per player), the Seminoles registered 10 birdies. Carlson, who shot one stroke lower than his first-round score, recorded birdies on all four holes played including a key one on the 590-yard 16th hole. The freshman is tied for 18th among all players in the field, while FSU has four players in Hank Lebioda (tied for sixth), Del Solar (tied for sixth) and Caron (tied for 10th) who rank in the Top 20.

FSU is second among all teams in par 5 scoring with an average score of 4.60, shooting 16-under for the tournament. The Noles have been solid all season on par 4 holes as well, and are currently second among the 13 teams at 8-over on those holes.

Del Solar provided the highlight of the day with his team-leading third eagle of the season on the par-5, 522-yard 11th hole. The native of Chile finished strong on the back nine, shooting 1-under on holes 10-18. Del Solar is currently 1-under overall.

Caron delivered nothing but pars on his back nine while adding three birdies along with a double bogey and a bogey on the front nine, finishing at even par. The senior is also even through the first two rounds.

“I am pleased that we had all five guys in the round again, and look forward to a good finish on Wednesday,” Jones added.

Lebioda finished 2-over on the day and is currently 1-under overall. His birdie on the 11th hole was a historic one, recording his 455th career birdie to surpass former player Brooks Koepka (454) for the most in FSU history.

Lee finished 2-over on Tuesday and is tied for 28th overall.


Lee’s Big Performance Helps FSU Men’s Golf Advance to NCAA Finals.
Junior Josh Lee shoots a final-round 69 to help Florida State hold off hard-charging opponents and clinch NCAA Championship bid.

May 18, 2016

KOHLER, WS – Junior Josh Lee saved his career-low NCAA postseason score for an opportune time, shooting a final-round 69 at the Kohler Regional to guide second-seeded Florida State Men’s Golf to its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship bid on Wednesday at Blackwolf Run Meadow Valley Course.

Lee’s performance was big for the Seminoles, as scores were noticeably lower on Wednesday with teams in contention such as Baylor (-14), Arkansas (-7) and Idaho (-6) nipping at FSU’s heels all day. The Seminoles did not fold when the pressure became greater to finish among the low five, shooting 4-under for the day and finishing 6-under overall (284-290-284).

“Josh has been on the verge of playing some good golf and today he really came through,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “He had a good one going yesterday and let it get away. The more confident he gets the more you will see performances like today. We talked about a team effort last night and having the first two off shoot 3 and 1 under was crucial.”

FSU finished tied for fourth, while top-seeded Illinois (-11 overall) took home the NCAA Kohler Regional title. Florida (-7) and Arkansas (-7) tied for second, while FSU (-6) and Baylor (-6) were equal. All five programs advance to next week’s NCAA Championship that runs from May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

Lee, who hails from Orange Park, Fla., had played in nine NCAA postseason rounds entering Wednesday. He sparked the Seminoles and did his best to provide a cushion on the front nine, shooting a 32 with five birdies which included shooting under par on four of his first five holes played. On the back nine, Lee played it safe and delivered eight pars along with a bogey to cap a stellar final round.

Lee finishes the NCAA Regional shooting 1-under overall (72-74-69), tying for 12th.

Getting better as the regional went on was freshman Corey Carlson, who shot a 1-under 71 on Wednesday. Over his three rounds he got progressively better by one stroke (73-72-71), shooting even par for the tournament to tie for 21st. His back-nine 35 was needed, especially his birdie on the par-5 16th hole as FSU continued to jockey for low-five position.

FSU’s fifth consecutive NCAA Championship bid is its longest streak of reaching the finals since doing it eight times from 1976-83. In four of the last six seasons, FSU has finished in the Top 11 of the NCAA Championship, including a third-place spot in 2010.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar shot even-par on Wednesday and finished 1-under (71-72-72) overall, tying for 12th. He recorded an important birdie on the par-3 15th hole that was 196 yards out, and tied for sixth among all individuals in par 3 scoring at even par. The All-ACC Team representative is expected to compete in his third consecutive NCAA Championship.

Del Solar also finished first among all competitors with 42 pars, a notable feat in a regional that had cooler weather conditions.

Senior Hank Lebioda also shot even par in the final round, producing three birdies along with two bogeys. Like Carlson, Lebioda took advantage of the par-5 16th hole for a big birdie late in the round. He finished tied for 12th in the individual field. The ACC Player of the Year helped himself in par 5 scoring in the regional, shooting 7-under to tie for second overall.

Fellow senior Rowin Caron added a 76 in the final and shot 4-over for the regional.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Hank Lebioda                12t    69    74    72    215
Cristobal Del Solar         12t    71    72    72    215
Josh Lee                    12t    72    74    69    215
Corey Carlson               21t    73    72    71    216
Rowin Caron                 39t    72    72    76    220

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP, 19th place
05/30/2016, May 27-30, 2016, Eugene, Or

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 13 FSU Opens NCAA Championships In Sixth Place.

May 27, 2016

EUGENE, OR - The Florida State men’s golf team opened the 2016 NCAA Golf Championships by spending most of round one atop the leaderboard before finishing the day at five-over and in sixth place. The first goal for any of the 30 squads at the championships is to finish in the top 15. Following that cut, the final eight teams advance to match play. After one day, the Seminoles have put themselves in position to accomplish both goals.

On a day when no team finished below par and only 15 of the 156 individuals finished at -1 or better, the FSU men put together one of the better rounds. Led by Josh Lee, who shot even par, Cristobal Del Solar, who was one-over including a hole-in-one, eagle on the 14th, and freshman Corey Carlson (+1), playing in his first NCAA Championship, the Seminoles are only three shots off the lead and six ahead of the first cut.

“We drove it poorly on 6-7 today and that cost us eight shots,” said FSU Head Coach Trey Jones. “But I like where we are at as each one of our guys are confident they can play this difficult course.”

Lee, who shot -1 at the NCAA Kohler Regional helping FSU advance to the NCAA Championships, continued his excellent play in the NCAA postseason on Friday. The junior from Orange Park, Fla. finished the round tied for 16th and is only three shots off the individual lead for the tournament.

“Josh is playing as good as he has played all year and as good as anyone on our team,” said Jones following Friday’s round.

With two of FSU’s top three leaders in scoring average, Hank Lebioda (+4) and Rowin Caron (+3), shooting approximately a combined four strokes over their averages, the Seminoles will enter Saturday feeling especially good about their position in the field. Making Jones feel even better was the fact that FSU was second in the field on par 5’s, shooting six-under and fifth in the field with 15 birdies. Jones will look for his squad to improve on the 18 bogeys and four double-bogeys in the first round to keep their position in the top eight.

“When you play a course this challenging off the tee with fast greens you are going to make some bogeys,” said FSU Head Coach Trey Jones. “We keep telling them it’s not a sprint.”


Noles Look To Bounce Back And Advance At NCAA Championships.

May 28, 2016

EUGENE, OR - While the 13th-ranked FSU men’s golf team may not know exactly where it sits in the standings following its second round at the NCAA Golf Championships, the squad does know that it will have its work cut out to get back into the top 15 on Sunday. The Seminoles ended their round in 27th-place after posting a 14-over Saturday at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

After a solid start on the front nine where they shot just over parr, the Seminoles struggled after the turn. As a team, FSU shot nine-over on the back nine. The 14-over left the Seminoles eight strokes out of the top 15 with most of the field still on the course.

“Without question a disappointing finish to our round,” said FSU Head Coach Trey Jones. “We simply didn't execute on the last four holes. We are playing well enough to get back into the top 15 tomorrow then work toward the final eight.”

Josh Lee and Corey Carlson, who had two of the best rounds on Friday, posted the two best rounds for FSU on Saturday as well as both shot three-over. Hank Lebioda and Cristobal Del Solar each carded a four-over.