Florida State Men's Golf - 2017 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Trey Jones, Head Coach
Robert Duck, Assistant Coach, Player Development
Mary Michael Maggio, Assistant Coach

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2016-17 Men's Golf


2017 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Jake Carter, Aiken, SC

Jamie Li, Bath, England

Greyson Porter, Clearwater


2017 Roster - By Name

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T                            PY
R Name                  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  Anthony Alex          Sr   **   Ponte Vedra Beach (Saint Johns Virtual School)
  Bennett Baker         So   *    Tallahassee (Chiles)
  Tyler Bakich          So   *    Valrico (Newsome)
  Corey Carlson         So   *    Green Cove Springs (Clay)
  Jake Carter           Fr        Aiken, SC (South Aiken)
  Cristobal Del Solar   Sr-R ***  Vina del Mar, Chile (IMG Academies)
  Harry Ellis           Jr-R **   Southampton, England (Wildern School)
  Jonathan Keppler      Fr-R      Marietta, GA (Kennesaw Mountain)
  Josh Lee              Sr   ***  Orange Park (Fleming Island)
  Jamie Li              Fr        Bath, England
  Greyson Porter        Fr        Clearwater (Shorecrest Prep)

2017 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
09/11
Ref
N
ROD MYERS INVIATIONAL
September 10-11, 2016, Durham, NC
3rd Place
09/18
Ref
N
OLYMPIA FIELDS INVITATIONAL
September 16-18, 2016, Olympia Fields, Il
5th Place
10/04
Ref
N
JERRY PATE INVITATIONAL
October 3-4, 2016, Birmingham, Al
10th Place
02/07
Ref
N
SEA BEST INVITATIONAL
February 6-7, 2017, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl
7th Place
02/19
Ref
N
SUN TRUST GATOR INVITATIONAL
February 18-19, 2017, Gainesville, Fl
5th Place
02/28
Ref
N
QUERENICIA CABO COLLEGIATE
February 26-28, 2017, Los Cabos, Mexico
10th Place
03/12
Ref
H
SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE
March 10-12, 2017
2nd Place
03/13
Ref
N
SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
Athens, Ga
2nd Place
03/21
Ref
N
VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITE
March 19-21, 2017, Palm City, Fl
10th Place
04/09
 
N
IRISH CREEK COLLEGIATE
April 8-9, 2017, Kannapolis, NC
 
04/23
 
N
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
April 21-23, 2017, New London, NC
 
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    0- 0     0- 0     0- 0     0- 0


2017 EOY Stats

Name Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10 Ave ======================================================================== Cristobal Del Solar 6 18 10 65 1,274 0 3 70.78 Harry Ellis 9 26 16 65 1,856 0 2 71.38 Josh Lee 9 26 7 69 1,882 0 0 72.38 Bennett Baker 3 8 5 68 583 0 0 72.88 Jonathan Keppler 8 23 7 68 1,683 0 2 73.17 Jamie Li 3 8 3 69 591 0 0 73.88 Anthony Alex 1 3 1 70 222 0 0 74.00 Corey Carlson 8 23 7 68 1,710 0 1 74.35 Jake Carter 3 9 2 70 673 0 0 74.78 Greyson Porter 3 9 2 69 677 0 0 75.22

ROD MYERS INVIATIONAL, 3rd place
09/11/2016, September 10-11, 2016, Durham, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles in Third Place Through Two Rounds at Rod Myers Invitational
Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler (-4) and redshhirt senior Cristobal Del Solar (-3) post top 5 individual scores to keep FSU toward the top of the field.

September 10, 2016

DURHAM, NC – A strong second round by the 18th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team leaves it in sole possession of third place through two rounds at the Rod Myers Invitational held at Duke University Golf Club.

Florida State’s 4-under overall score includes some ground to make up in order to catch first-place Wake Forest (-18), which leads by 14 strokes. Liberty is second among the 14-team field at 6-under.

Bolstering Florida State on Saturday afternoon were redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler and redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar. In his first official collegiate event, Keppler shot even-par in the opening round but carded a 68 in round two. Keppler has played particularly well on par-4 holes, averaging 3.90 (-2).

“We had a nice bounce back today from a poor finish to our first round,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “The second round of a 36-hole day shows me a lot about a player. Cristobal being our top returning player is leading by example. They are feeding off his competitive spirit. Jonathan Keppler played a very solid day. He has all the skills to be a great player.”

Keppler’s 4-under overall score has him tied for fourth individually. Del Solar continues to pick up where he left off, tying for fifth at 3-under. He shot a pair of 1-under 71s in each round, and leads all competitors with a 2-under score on par 3 holes.

Del Solar’s two rounds under par give him 38 for his career, moving into ninth on the FSU list.

Senior Josh Lee is even through two rounds, shooting a 73 (+1) in the first round and a 71 (-1) in round two. His highlight of the day came on the par-5, 493-yard ninth hole in the second round. Lee recorded one of FSU’s two eagles on the day, being joined by sophomore Corey Carlson’s eagle on the same hole.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis shot 3-over on the day, finish well with an even-par second round where he birdied five of his first nine holes. Ellis is tied for 29th.

Carlson (+10) will look to finish strong in Sunday’s final round, while sophomore Bennett Baker is 7-over and playing unattached.

“This is a challenging golf course that requires excellent touch around the greens,” Jones added. “The greens are sloping and very fast. We had some big numbers today and didn't play the par 5's like I want. We will need to clean that up in order to win golf tournaments.”


No. 18 Florida State Men's Golf Places Third in Opening Tournament.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar posts a career-best finish, tying for second to lead the Seminoles to an encouraging start at the Rod Myers Invitational.

September 11, 2016

DURHAM, NC - A third-place finish at this weekend's Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Country Club signaled an encouraging start to the 2016-17 season for 18th-ranked Florida State Men's Golf.

The Seminoles shot 6-under in their final round on Sunday, led by redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar's 6-under 66. The Chile native's impressive score is tied for his lowest single round of his career, also recording a 66 at the Gary Koch Invitational in 2015. For the tournament, he shot 9-under (70-71-66).

While FSU finished third overall at 10-under, Del Solar tied for second for his best finish of his career. It's the second Top-5 finish of his career as he placed fourth at the 2014 USF Intercollegiate.

"Cristobal had a great day today," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "It's a tribute to him that he wasn't comfortable with his golf swing early and made eight birdies today and finished runner up."

In his final round, Del Solar had a run of five consecutive birdies from the fifth to ninth holes, which consisted of two par 4s, two par 5s and a par 3. His 32 on the front nine was complemented by his 34 on the back nine.

Wake Forest held on to win the 14-team tournament, shooting 23-under overall. Second-place Liberty shot 12-under for second place. Fellow ACC schools North Carolina (-6) and Duke (+2) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler had a memorable tournament debut, shooting 73 (+1) on Sunday and finishing 3-under (72-68-73) overall. The Marietta, Ga., native recorded a Top 10 finish, placing seventh in the field.

"Jonathan head three solid rounds and a top 10 finish. I believe we are going to see more of that in the future," Jones added.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis had one of the best tournament performances of his career, shooting 1-over (75-72-70) to tie for 18th. He carded four birdies in his final round.

Senior Josh Lee tied for 27th at 4-over and finished his round with a 76, while sophomore Corey Carlson tied for 58th at 11-over. Fellow sophomore Bennett Baker golfed individually and also shot 11-over for the tournament.

"I am proud of the guys' effort this week," Jones said. "We had a lot of positives this week and several things were identified that we need to improve."

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Cristobal Del Solar          2t    70    71    66    207
Jonathan Keppler             7     72    68    73    213
Harry Ellis                 18t    75    72    70    217
Josh Lee                    27t    73    71    76    220
Corey Carlson               58t    81    73    73    227
Bennett Baker             * 58t    75    80    72    227

OLYMPIA FIELDS INVITATIONAL, 5th place
09/18/2016, September 16-18, 2016, Olympia Fields, Il

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Carlson, Lee Post Strong First Rounds at OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.
Sophomore Corey Carlson (+2) and senior Josh Lee (+2) lead Florida State into a tie for sixth on the first day at Olympia Fields.

September 16, 2016

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - A couple of solid individual performances by sophomore Corey Carlson and senior Josh Lee have helped No. 18 Florida State Men's Golf into a tie for sixth place through the first round of the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields.

Playing on a difficult championship golf course, both student-athletes have been able to tame the arduous features that the course offers. Carlson (72/+2) and Lee (72/+2) are tied for 16th so far as tournament host Illinois carries a six-stroke advantage over Texas A&M at 6-under overall.

Texas A&M (E) is followed by Oklahoma State in third (+7), Purdue in fourth (+11), Baylor in fifth (+13) and FSU (+14), Texas and UNC in a share of sixth. The Seminoles shot 294 total, their highest score of the young season.

Carlson delivered a birdie on the par-4, 461-yard third hole, while Lee's lone birdie came at the par-4, 444-yard 10th hole. They each had three bogeys apiece and kept things steady with a bevy of pars.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis continues to show development in his game, shooting a 4-over 74. After recording a 5-over 40 on the front nine, he battled back and shot 1-under on the back nine. His back nine included two birdies on the 13th and 17th holes, a par 4 and par 5, respectively.

Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar, coming off a good showing in his first tournament in Durham, shot a 6-over 76. Talented redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler shot a 9-over 79.

Florida State led the 15-team field with 63 pars recorded, and is tied for first so far averaging an even score on the course's par 3 holes.


Del Solar's 68 Highlights Round Two at Olympia Fields.
Florida State men's golf redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shoots well on Saturday as FSU moves up to fifth place at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.

September 17, 2016

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to help push No. 18 Florida State Men's Golf into fifth place through the second round of the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields.

Del Solar's 68 on Saturday is his career low at Olympia Fields Country Club, with it being his eighth round played as a Seminole. The Chile native's previous low score at the championship course was a 74 in 2013.

"Cris is one of the best competitors I have coached," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "He finds a way and never gives up on a hole. Our young guys are learning a lot from him."

Overall, the Seminoles shot eight strokes better with a 6-over 286. Del Solar is now tied for 18th at 4-over, using three birdies to his advantage with just one bogey in the second round. Illinois remains in first place at 6-under, followed by Texas A&M (+15), Oklahoma State (+17), UNC (+19) and FSU.

Senior Josh Lee is FSU's overall leader at 3-under, shooting a 71 on Saturday. He birdied the par-5, 576-yard 15th hole to help his steady round. Through two rounds he is shooting 1-under on par 5 holes at Olympia Fields.

Lee (29) and Del Solar (27) are first and second, respectively, in pars among all individuals.

"Our seniors carried us today. Their experience in this tournament and environments like this is so important," Jones added."

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis is tied for 36th at 8-over after finishing with a 74. His lone birdie came on the 17th hole, par-4, 455-yarder. Included in his round was a 36 on the back nine.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler rebounded with a 3-over 73 in the second round and is 12-over total. Sophomore Corey Carlson is currently 11-over.


Seminole Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.
Seniors Cristobal Del Solar and Josh Lee place in the Top 15 at Olympia Fields.

September 18, 2016

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - The No. 18 Florida State Men's Golf team ended its stay at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational with a fifth-place finish on Sunday, shooting 27-over for the three-day tournament at Olympia Fields.

Florida State shot an 867 overall (294-286-287), including a 7-over 287 in the final round. Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shot under par for the second consecutive day, closing with a 1-under 69 and tying for 12th overall at 3-over. He recorded four birdies in his final round and his only notable blemish was a double bogey on the final 18th hole.

Del Solar is off to a good start in the fall season, tying for second at the Rod Myers Invitational last weekend and following with a good performance in Illinois. This weekend, he shot 1-under on par 3 holes and 1-under on par 5 holes.

Lee turned in a 1-over 71 on Sunday and shot 4-over cumulatively to tie for 15th. He finished his final round in style with consecutive birdies to close out the day.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis tied for 29th at 9-over, shooting a 1-over 71. He delivered four birdies in his final round. Sophomore Corey Carlson (+17) and redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler ended with a tie for 54th and a 71st-place finish, respectively.

This weekend was FSU's ninth consecutive season participating in the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. Tournament host Illinois won the invite at 5-over, followed by Oklahoma State (+18) in second, Texas A&M (+24) in third and North Carolina (+26) in fourth.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Cristobal Del Solar         12t    76    68    69    213
Josh Lee                    15t    72    71    71    214
Harry Ellis                 29t    74    74    71    219
Corey Carlson               54t    72    79    76    227
Jonathan Keppler            71     79    73    81    233

JERRY PATE INVITATIONAL, 10th place
10/04/2016, October 3-4, 2016, Birmingham, Al

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Ellis Eyeing Best Finish.

October 03, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Redshirt junior Harry Ellis of the 17th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team is tied for fourth through two rounds at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate located at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. FSU is seventh overall.

Ellis is 3-under overall after shooting a 68 (-2) in the first round followed by a 69 (-1) in round two as 36 holes of golf were played throughout Monday. The Southampton, England, native is two shots off leader Matthew Perrine (-5) of Baylor heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Ellis’ career-low single round score is 67 at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate. He has shown good development through his first two tournaments played in the fall, sitting third on the Seminoles with a 72.76 scoring average entering Monday’s rounds. His lowest tournament score at FSU is a 215 at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate, while his best finish is tied for 16th at last year’s FSU tournament.

The FSU veteran golfer strung together nine birdies through the first two rounds, tying for the most of anyone in the tournament. In his second-round 69, he recorded six birdies including two sequences on holes 1-2 and 15-16 where they came in back-to-back fashion.

He posted three birdies in his first round played. Ellis was especially impressive on the Old Overton Golf Club’s 12 par-4 holes, combining to shoot 5-under which was tied for fourth best among all golfers in the field.

Florida State remains 15 shots back of tournament leaders Baylor (-2) and Auburn (-2). UAB (+4) is in third place, followed by UNLV (+7), Arkansas (+10) and Michigan (+12). Tournament host Alabama is in eighth (+14), followed by South Alabama (+18) and Charlotte (+18), Mississippi State (+19) and UTSA (+25).

The Seminoles are +13 overall (573), which includes a first-round 291 and a second-round 282 that was eight strokes lower.

Tee times for Tuesday’s final round include freshman Jake Carter at 9:50 a.m., sophomore Corey Carlson (10 a.m.), senior Josh Lee (10:10 a.m.), redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar (10:20 a.m.) and Ellis (10:30 a.m.).

Del Solar is tied for 25th at 4-over, which included a 1-over 71 in the first round. Lee shot a 75 in the first round but rebounded with an even-par 70 in the second, recording five birdies over his final 18 holes played.

Carlson got off to an inauspicious beginning when he carded a 9-over 79 through his first 18 holes. But the Green Cove Springs, Fla., native battled back with a 70 in the second round, also aided by five birdies in the frame.

Carter made his collegiate debut and shot a 77 and 73 in his first and second rounds, respectively.


Ellis Ties for Fifth at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.
Veteran FSU golfer Harry Ellis posts his best tournament yet while the 17th-ranked Seminoles finish 10th in Alabama.

October 4, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, AL - After two good rounds on Monday, redshirt junior Harry Ellis followed with a 1-over 71 in his final round on Tuesday to tie for fifth (-2 overall) at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate held at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala.

The fifth-place finish is a career best for Ellis, eclipsing his previous best finish of 16th at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate. The Southampton, England, native's three-day score of 208 (68-69-71) was seven strokes better than his former career low of 215.

Ellis' ability to put himself in good position off the tee allowed him for easier shots on several holes. Known as one of FSU's longest drivers, he played the course well in all three rounds on Monday and Tuesday.

"The golf course allowed me to play to my strengths, that being distance off the tee and iron play," Ellis said following his fifth-place finish. "I only hit one driver this whole tournament around a course that measures 7,200 yards, par 70. Putting myself in good position off the tee always allowed me to play aggressive with my iron play."

His tee shots were key to setting the tone for the rest of each hole. Even when he missed on a few approach shots, he at least avoided higher scores. In 54 holes played he only double bogeyed once.

"I felt I was swinging really good," Ellis added. "At times I missed a few approach shots in spots that were tough up and downs, but generally I executed extremely well over this tournament and made a good bunch of birdies, meaning I holed some good putts too."

Ellis recorded 12 birdies in his three rounds played, and tied for the course lead by shooting 3-under on par-5 holes. Ellis also tied for second in par-4 situations, shooting 5-under.

Florida State recorded its highest score of the tournament in the final round, shooting 16-over on Tuesday. FSU finished 10th out of the 12 teams in the tournament. Auburn won the tournament at even par, while UNLV finished second at 1-over. The Running Rebels were the only team to finish under par in the final round, shooting 6-under.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar shot a 3-over 73 on Tuesday and tied for 24th overall at 7-over. Senior Josh Lee shot a 74 in the final round and tied for 28th at 9-over.

Sophomore Corey Carlson tied for 53rd at 17-over while freshman Jake Carter finished his first tournament tying for 55th (18-over).

Despite posting a 10th-place finish on Tuesday, FSU recorded a pair of Top-5 showings in its previous two fall tournaments. The Seminoles were third at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke and fifth at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Harry Ellis                  5t    68    69    71    208
Cristobal Del Solar         24t    71    73    73    217
Josh Lee                    28t    75    70    74    219
Corey Carlson               53t    79    70    78    227
Jake Carter                 55t    77    73    78    228

SEA BEST INVITATIONAL, 7th place
02/07/2017, February 6-7, 2017, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Tied at Fourth Through Two Rounds at Sea Best Invitational.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar is tied for fourth among all golfers at 3-under.

February 6, 2017

PONTE VEDRA, FL - Redshirt senior golfer Cristobal Del Solar ignited Florida State Men's Golf on Day one of the season-opening Sea Best Invitational held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He is tied for fourth at 3-under (70-67) through two rounds while the Seminoles are also tied for fourth.

Florida State shot 2-over (281-281) through the first two rounds of action at the Dye's Valley course. Florida (-8) currently has a one-stroke lead over second-place North Carolina (-7), while Lipscomb (+1) sits in third.

Del Solar finished the day with a good second round, shooting a 3-under 67 as he capitalized with four birdies to just one bogey. He is one of 10 golfers in the field shooting under par on par 4 holes, with an average score of 3.96 (-1) in the category. His eight birdies are tied for fifth amongst the field.

The Chile native shot an even-par 70 in his first round, adding four birdies in the round. Del Solar has birdied the 5-par, 559-yard 16th hole in both rounds.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis is tied for 14th at 1-over (67-74). He tied his lowest career score in a round with a 3-under 67 in the opening round, tying the 67 he put up in the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate. Despite recording a quadruple bogey on the first hole in round two, he battled back to shoot a 74 and keep himself in contention.

Sophomore Corey Carlson is tied for 25th at 4-over (74-70), while redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler joins him at 4-over (72-72). Senior Josh Lee (72-72) is also 4-over and tied for 25th.

Golfing unattached is freshman Greyson Porter, who won the Florida Junior title at TPC Sawgrass while in high school. The Clearwater, Fla., native debuted at 7-over (69-78) and is tied for 12th.


Florida State Men's Golf Ties for Seventh at TPC Sawgrass.
Cristobal Del Solar earns a Top 10 finish at the season-opening Sea Best Invitational.

February 7, 2017

PONTE VEDRA, FL - The Florida State Men's Golf team tied for seventh in the season-opening Sea Best Invitational as the final round finished on Tuesday afternoon at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar continued his efficiency all around the course, finishing 1-under overall (70-67-72) to place seventh among all individuals. Del Solar's Top 10 finish is the eighth of his career. He was also one of just seven golfers to finish under par in the tournament.

"While the result was not up to our standards, there are always positives that you can take from every tournament," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "The guys prepared well going into the event. The important thing is to trust what we are doing, not look for quick fixes, and results will come.

"There is nothing more important than confidence and we are not where we need to be in that area."

Florida won the Sea Best Invitational at 4-under overall, shooting 4-over in the final round to preserve the win. Lipscomb (+5) finished second, followed by Liberty (+9), Arkansas (+13), North Carolina (+15) and host Jacksonville (+17) in sixth.

Tying with FSU was UNF (+18), followed by Tennessee (+23), Campbell (+35), SMU (+41), East Carolina (+46), Charleston Southern (+57), Winthrop (+75) and USC Upstate (+82).

Senior Josh Lee tied for 25th after shooting a 3-over 73 in the final round on Tuesday. The Orange Park, Fla., native shot a 7-over 217 overall and preserved an even-par 35 on the back nine of the final round.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis tied for 30th with a 9-over 219, joining redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler. Sophomore Corey Carlson finished at 10-over and tied for 36th, while freshman Greyson Porter shot 22-over and tied for 72nd unattached.

Ellis continued his marksmanship on par 3 holes, tying for third among all golfers at 2-under for the whole tournament. FSU posted an average score of 3.03 (2-over) on par 3s, and finished third overall with 179 total pars.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Cristobal Del Solar          7     70    67    72    209
Josh Lee                    25t    72    72    73    217
Jonathan Keppler            30t    72    72    75    219
Harry Ellis                 30t    67    74    78    219
Corey Carlson               36t    74    70    76    220
Greyson Porter            * 72t    69    78    85    232

SUN TRUST GATOR INVITATIONAL, 5th place
02/19/2017, February 18-19, 2017, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Del Solar’s 65 Highlights First-Day Showing by Seminoles.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shot an opening-round 65 (-5) as FSU Men’s Golf sits in fifth place through two rounds in Gainesville.

February 18, 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL – Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar’s opening-round 65 (-5) highlighted Florida State Men’s Golf’s fifth-place showing through the first two rounds of the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Saturday at Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Del Solar is currently tied for third among all participants through two rounds, finishing even on the day after shooting a 5-over 75 in the second round. But the Chile native’s first-round 65 was a career low, and included six birdies and just one bogey.

Del Solar tied for the best score throughout the day on par 4 holes, shooting 3-under.

FSU shot an 8-over 288 in the first round, then a 10-over 290 in the second round. Its +18 score trails current leader Arkansas (+6) by 12 strokes. Missouri (+11) is in second, followed by Florida (+13) and Jacksonville (+16).

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis is tied for 19th at 5-over, finishing strong with a 1-under 69 in the second round. He recorded four birdies in his final round of the day, including three that occurred on par-4 holes.

Senior Josh Lee is tied for 33rd at 6-over, and redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler is tied for 53rd at 9-over. Senior Anthony Alex shot 12-over, and Jamie Li is 15-over through the first two rounds.


Florida State Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at SunTrust Gator Invitational.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar ties for fourth overall shooting even par for the tournament.

GAINESVILLE, FL - The Florida State Men's Golf team recorded its best round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday, shooting a 2-over 282 to finish fifth in the tournament held at Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shot even-par for the entire tournament, shooting 70 on Sunday to tie for fourth overall. It is the third Top-5 finish of Del Solar's career, including his second of the year after tying for second at the Rod Myers Invitational in the fall 2016.

Sunday's final round was an adventurous one for Del Solar, who totaled seven birdies along with a triple bogey, a double bogey and two bogeys. The experienced Seminole was third among all individuals with 14 total birdies in the tournament.

Through five tournaments since the fall, the native of Chile has an average score of 70.40 and already has five rounds in the 60s.

Florida State shot 20-over (288-290-282) for the tournament, including a low score of 2-over on Sunday. Redshirt junior Harry Ellis had the best score of the final round for FSU, shooting a 1-under 69. The Southampton, England, native and team captain recorded his second consecutive sub-70 round for the Seminoles and finished tied for 12th at 4-over.

Ellis' finish is the second-best of his career, only supplanted by his fifth-place finish at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate this fall. He recorded three birdies and just two bogeys in his final round and matches Del Solar with five sub-70 rounds since the fall.

Senior Josh Lee tied for 39th at 9-over (74-72-73). Fellow senior Anthony Alex had his best round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational with an even-par 70 and tied for 58th overall at 12-over. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler shot a 3-over 73 on Sunday and matched Alex with a 12-over score.

Freshman Jamie Li, who played individually, also recorded his best round at 5-over 75. He shot 20-over (78-77-75) over three rounds.

FSU has finished in the top five of 54 of its last 77 tournaments played, equivalent to 70.1 percent.

Arkansas won the tournament shooting 5-over (845). Missouri and Jacksonville tied for second at 12-over, followed by Florida (+13) and FSU (+20).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Cristobal Del Solar          4t    65    75    70    210
Harry Ellis                 12t    76    69    69    214
Josh Lee                    39t    74    72    73    219
Anthony Alex                58t    78    74    70    222
Jonathan Keppler            58t    73    76    73    222
Jamie Li                  * 77     78    77    75    230

QUERENICIA CABO COLLEGIATE, 10th place
02/28/2017, February 26-28, 2017, Los Cabos, Mexico

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Men's Golf Tied for Eighth in Cabo.

February 27, 2017

LOS CABOS, MEXICO – Through two rounds of play at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, the Florida State Men’s Golf team is tied for eighth at 12-over (288-292). FSU shot an 8-over 292 in the second round on Monday afternoon.

Senior Josh Lee was able to produce one of his best rounds of the 2016-17 year, shooting a 1-under 70 in the second round. Lee is tied for 29th overall at 2-over. He closed his round with two birdies in his final four holes, totaling four birdies on the day.

Freshman Greyson Porter also recorded a good round, shooting a 2-over 73 to leave him at 2-over and also tied for 29th. The Clearwater, Fla., native began the round in rough fashion, triple-bogeying his first hole followed by another bogey on a par 5. But the freshman bounced back with five birdies, which included three in four holes on the back nine, to turn his score around.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler shot 2-over on Monday and is tied for 35th at 3-over for the tournament. The Marietta, Ga., native ended his round strong with a birdie on the sixth hole, a par-4, 439-yard setup.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis had a 5-over 76 on Monday and is tied for 42nd at 5-over. Freshman Jake Carter shot 6-over and is also 5-over for the tournament.

Oklahoma State (16) leads by three strokes over Texas (-13), followed by Baylor (-4), Washington (even), Wake Forest (+4), Vanderbilt (+6) and Duke (+7) in seventh. FSU is tied with Houston for eighth.


Ellis Shines in Final Round at Cabo Collegiate.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis shoots a career-low 65 on Tuesday as Florida State Men's Golf places 10th in the tournament held in Mexico.

February 28, 2017

LOS CABOS, MEXICO - Redshirt junior Harry Ellis recorded a career-low 6-under 65 in Tuesday's final round at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate to finish tied for 21st overall. Florida State Men's Golf placed 10th in the tournament, finishing 14-over (288-292-286).

Ellis started hot and remained that way in the final round, carding an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, which was his second hole of the day. The team captain and England native had five more birdies, and now has six rounds in the 60s in his quality 2016-17 year.

Ellis' 65 tied for the low round of the tournament among all players, matching Wake Forest's Paul McBride and his first-round 65 as well as USF's Claudio Correa's third-round score.

Senior Josh Lee finished with a 2-over 73 on Tuesday and tied for 35th at 4-over. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler shot a 1-over 72 on the final day and also tied for 35th at 4-over for the tournament.

Freshman Greyson Porter had a 76 and tied for 50th (7-over 220), while freshman Jake Carter tied for 56th at 9-over through his three rounds. Sophomore Corey Carlson was 16-over for the tournament.

The Seminoles recorded the most pars of any other team at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate with 175. Lee tied for the most of any individual with 41, while Keppler was tied for third with 40.

Oklahoma State won in Cabo after shooting 29-under par (273-279-271).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Harry Ellis                 21t    71    76    65    212
Jonathan Keppler            35t    72    73    72    217
Josh Lee                    35t    74    70    73    217
Greyson Porter              50t    71    73    76    220
Jake Carter               * 56t    70    77    75    222
Corey Carlson               68t    75    76    78    229

SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE, 2nd place
03/12/2017, TALLAHASSEE, FL, March 10-12, 2017

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Shines in First Round at Seminole Intercollegiate.
Seven of the eight competing Seminoles shoot under par as FSU Men's Golf is second at 14-under.

March 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Friday's first round of the Seminole Intercollegiate was a good one for Florida State Men's Golf. The Seminoles shot a 14-under 274 at Southwood Golf Club to sit one shot out of first place.

Seven of the eight competing Seminoles shot under par on one of their home courses, consistently putting together quality scores. FSU trails tournament leader Penn State (-15) by one stroke, while Georgia Tech (-12) sits in third place and West Virginia (-11) in fourth.

FSU's 14-under 274 total was its best single round of the 2016-17 year. Redshirt junior Harry Ellis continues his great ascension with a 5-under 67, now his seventh round in the 60s this year. The England native collected seven birdies and shot a 33 on the back nine. Another strong showing for Ellis boosts his chances for competing at the Arnold Palmer Cup on the European side.

Ellis' seven birdies is tied for the most among individuals with VCU's Alister Balcombe and Georgia Tech's Luke Schniederjans. The leaders among the field include Schniederjans (66) and Penn State's Cole Miller (66).

Sophomore Bennett Baker emerged with a strong round on Friday, shooting a 4-under 68 to tie for eighth among the field. The Tallahassee and Chiles High School native recorded four of his six birdies on the front nine, where he shot a 33.

Sophomore Corey Carlson and senior Josh Lee each shot 3-under 69s. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler produced a 2-under 70, while freshman Jake Carter started Florida State off on the right foot with a 70 of his own.

Freshman Jamie Li was steady with a 1-under 71, while freshman Greyson Porter shot a 2-over 74.

The Seminoles lead the field with 27 birdies through the first round, and also dominated the course's 10 par-4 holes. FSU combined to shoot 10-under on par 4s and 9-under on par 5s.


Ellis' Big Finish Caps Another Strong Day for Seminoles.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis finishes with an eagle and two birdies; Florida State is two shots out of first place at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

March 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State Men's golfer Harry Ellis recorded a six-under 66 in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate on Saturday afternoon at Southwood Golf Club. His big day leaves FSU (-24) two shots behind first-place Penn State (-26).

Ellis finished in the 60s for the third consecutive round, leaving him tied with Penn State's Cole Miller for the player lead at 11-under. The England native recorded a huge finish in his final three holes, collecting an eagle on the par-5 16th, a birdie on the par-3 17th and another birdie on the par-4 18th.

Ellis' big finish helped the Seminoles gain three strokes on the Nittany Lions. In third place is Georgia Tech (-20), followed by Troy (-15) and West Virginia (-13).

Ellis and the Seminoles lead the field in par 4 scoring, shooting 11-under in the first two rounds. FSU has also used 46 birdies to its advantage, the most among any team in the Seminole Intercollegiate. Ellis is tied for the player lead on par 4 scoring at 5-under.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler is also in the Top 10, tying for 10th through two rounds at 5-under overall. On Saturday, the Marietta, Ga., native strung together five birdies to just two bogeys and carded a 3-under 69. It is Keppler's third round under par this year.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Corey Carlson is also tied for 10th at 5-under after posting a 2-under 70 on Saturday. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native got off to a big start with a 32 on the front nine which included four birdies.

Senior Josh Lee is tied for 13th along with freshman Jamie Li, both showing overall scores at 4-under. Li was solid in the second round with a 3-under 69, where he recorded six birdies. It was Li's best round of his young career.

Sophomore Bennett Baker has kept himself in the hunt as well, shooting an even-72 and staying at 4-under overall and tied for 13th. He is one of six Seminoles in the Top 15 of the Seminole Intercollegiate standings.

Freshman Jake Carter is tied for 57th at 4-over. Fellow freshman Greyson Porter is also at 4-over.

The Seminoles will attempt to win their second Seminole Intercollegiate in the last three years on Sunday, and will go for their 12th win at their home tournament.


Noles Break Program Record in Second-Place Finish at Seminole Intercollegiate.
Florida State Men's Golf shoots 28-under at Southwood Golf Club, its lowest score at its home tournament since switching to the current course in 2010.

March 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL - 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.

Senior Josh Lee tied for 22nd shooting a 3-under 213. Freshman Jamie Li tied for 34th (+1) and freshman Jake Carter tied for 63rd at 7-over. Fellow freshman Greyson Porter tied for 69th.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Harry Ellis                  2     67    66    70    203
Jonathan Keppler             8t    70    69    69    208
Corey Carlson             * 14t    69    70    71    210
Bennett Baker               20t    68    72    72    212
Josh Lee                    22t    69    71    73    213
Jamie Li                  * 34t    71    69    77    217
Jake Carter                 63t    70    78    75    223
Greyson Porter            * 69t    74    74    77    225

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE, 2nd place
03/13/2017, Athens, Ga

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Carlson Leads Men's Golf to Second.

ATHENS, GA – Sophomore Florida State men’s golfer Corey Carlson shot a 5-under 139 (71-68) to help the Seminoles to a second-place finish at Monday’s two-round Southern Intercollegiate held at Athens Country Club.

The Seminoles continued their good ball-striking from this past weekend’s Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting 9-under (289-278) and only trailing tournament champion Lipscomb (-12). It is the second time FSU finished second in as many days after tying for the runner-up spot at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

Carlson was among the best in par 3 scoring, shooting 2-under on the shorter holes. His 11 birdies in 36 rounds played tied for the third-most in the field. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native’s tied-for-third finish is the best of his career.

Florida State shot 22-under on par 5 holes, only supplanted by Oklahoma (-23). Collectively it shot 2-over on par 3s, aided tremendously by redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler’s hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole that is 176 yards.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis had another good showing, going 2-under (71-71) on Monday. He registered eight birdies on the day.

Sophomore Bennett Baker continues to improve, tying for 18th at even par (76-68). His 68 in the second round included an eagle on the par-5, 444-yard sixth hole.

Senior Josh Lee tied for 23rd at 1-over and freshman Jamie Li played individually and compiled another good round. The young talent shot 1-under in his two rounds, finishing with a 71 to end his day well.

Six teams in the Golfstat Top 50 competed in Monday’s event, including Lipscomb (43), FSU (30), Oklahoma (13, third), Arkansas (24, fourth), Kennesaw State (44, fifth) and Georgia (19, seventh).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  =====
Corey Carlson                3t    71    68    139
Harry Ellis                 12t    71    71    142
Jamie Li                  * 18t    73    71    144
Bennett Baker               18t    76    68    144
Josh Lee                    23t    71    74    145
Jonathan Keppler            44t    79    71    150

VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITE, 10th place
03/21/2017, March 19-21, 2017, Palm City, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Men's Golf Tied for 11th at Valspar.
Cristobal Del Solar is tied for 21st with a 3-over 74.

March 19, 2017

PALM CITY, FL - The Florida State Men's Golf team is tied for 11th through the first round at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational that took place on Sunday afternoon at Floridian National Golf Club.

The Seminoles shot a 19-over 303 on a day where none of the field finished below par. Ten of the 14 teams competing in the tournament are ranked in the Golfstat Top 50, showing just how difficult the course has played so far.

Texas A&M leads at 4-over, followed by Wake Forest (+7), North Texas (+8), Texas (+11) and Houston (+11).

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar shot a 3-over 74 to sit in 21st place, recording an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole to highlight his day. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler went 4-over on Sunday, collecting four birdies.

Senior Josh Lee joined Keppler at 4-over, stringing together 13 pars on a day where anything even was a positive.

Redshirt junior Harry Ellis is tied for 59th at 8-over, while sophomore Corey Carlson is tied for 71st at 11-over.


Seminoles Improve in Second Day at Valspar Collegiate.
Florida State Men's Golf shaves 16 strokes off its first round score and is in 10th place through two rounds.

March 20, 2017

PALM CITY, FL - An improvement was made in the second round of the Valspar Collegiate Invitational for Florida State Men's Golf, shooting a 3-over 287 on Monday as it sits in 10th place at one of the nation's toughest tournaments.

FSU is currently at 22-over through two rounds, but shaved 16 strokes off its aggregate score from Sunday. Senior Josh Lee was one of just 13 golfers who shot under par in the second round, carding a 1-under 70. Lee is tied for 18th overall at 3-over.

Lee recorded just two holes above par on Monday and drained four birdies. Two came on par 4 holes while the other two came in par 5 situations.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler had another solid round, shooting an even par 71 which included four birdies on the back nine. Keppler shot 33 on the back nine at Floridian Golf Club.

Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar had a 3-over 74 and is tied for 33rd at six-over through two rounds. Redshirt junior Harry Ellis swung it well with a closing 1-over 72 in the second round, and is tied for 49th at 9-over. Ellis tied with Keppler for the most birdies on the day with four.

Sophomore Corey Carlson is tied for 71st at 16-over.

Florida State leads the field in par 5 scoring at 8-under while sitting second with 110 pars made in the first two rounds.


Florida State Men's Golf Finishes 10th at Valspar.
Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar closes out strong with a 1-under 70 in Tuesday's final round.

March 21, 2017

PALM CITY, FL - The Florida State Men's Golf team completed one of the nation's toughest tournaments on Tuesday afternoon, finishing 10th at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational held at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.

ACC counterpart Wake Forest (+7) won the arduous 14-team event, while Georgia Tech (+8), Oklahoma State (+9), Texas (+12) and LSU (+12) posted Top-5 finishes.

"We felt like we were playing well coming here this week," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "This is a very good golf course that will expose a weakness if you're not sharp. As with most young golfers, our misses were too big and resulted in scores worse than bogey. We didn't make enough birdies to create momentum."

Creating a little momentum for himself in the final round was redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar, who shot a 1-under 70 and tied for 20th at 5-over for the tournament. The Chile native's final round was one where he had minimal mistakes, totaling two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars.

In all six tournaments Del Solar has played this year, he has finished 24th or higher. This includes three Top-10 and two Top-5 finishes.

Senior Josh Lee tied Del Solar for the team's lowest score overall at 5-over, shooting a two-over 73 on his final day. He tied with Del Solar, sophomore Corey Carlson and redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler for the team lead with three final-round birdies. His only blemish was a double bogey on the long par-4, 493-yard 18th hole.

Keppler tied for 35th overall at 8-over, finishing with a 4-over 75 on Tuesday. Redshirt junior Harry Ellis shot an even 71 in the final round and went 9-over during the three rounds. Carlson tied for 68th at 18-over.

FSU ended the tournament as the leader in the field with 172 pars, as Del Solar led all golfers with 39.

"Our effort is never in question. We need this to be a learning experience and be better prepared when we meet a similar challenge in the post-season," Jones added. "We will be ready to play in Charlotte."

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Cristobal Del Solar         20t    74    74    70    218
Josh Lee                    20t    75    70    73    218
Jonathan Keppler            35t    75    71    75    221
Harry Ellis                 40t    79    72    71    222
Corey Carlson               68t    82    76    73    231