Florida State Men's Golf - 2018 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Golf - 2018 Year In Review

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

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2018 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

John Pak, Scotch Plains, NJ

Parker Reddig, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Roster - By Name

T                                  PY
R Name                  Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
  Bennett Baker         6-2   Jr   **   Tallahassee (Chiles)
  Corey Carlson         5-7   Jr   **   Green Cove Springs (Clay)
  Jake Carter           5-11  So   *    Aiken, SC (South Aiken)
  Harry Ellis           5-11  Sr-R ***  Southampton, England (Wildern School)
  Jonathan Keppler      6-0   So-R *    Marietta, GA (Kennesaw Mountain)
  Jamie Li              5-10  So   *    Bath, England
  John Pak                    Fr        Scotch Plains, NJ (Scotch Plains-Fanwood)
  Greyson Porter        5-6   So   *    Clearwater (Shorecrest Prep)
  Parker Reddig               Fr        Minneapolis, MN (Shattuck-Saint Mary's)

2018 Schedule and Results

September 9-10, 2017, Farmingdale, NY
1st Place
September 15-17, 2017, Olympia Fields, Il
6th Place
October 1-3, 2017, Erin Hills, Wi
4th Place
October 20-22, 2017, Alpharetta, Ga
13th Place
February 12-13, 2018, Mobile, Al
1st Place
February 12-13, 2018, Mobile, Al
February 24-25, 2018
March 4-6, 2018, Los Cabos, Mexico
March 18-20, 2018, Palm City, Fl
April 9-10, 2018, Gastonia, NC
April 20-22, 2018, New London, NC
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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2018 EOY Stats

Name Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10 Ave ======================================================================== Harry Ellis 4 12 8 66 844 2 2 70.33 John Pak 5 15 11 65 1,059 0 4 70.60 Parker Reddig 1 3 2 70 213 0 1 71.00 Jamie Li 3 9 6 68 642 1 1 71.33 Bennett Baker 4 12 4 67 871 1 2 72.58 Jonathan Keppler 5 15 6 66 1,100 0 2 73.33 Greyson Porter 3 9 3 67 664 0 1 73.78 Jake Carter 4 12 2 70 895 0 0 74.58

09/10/2017, September 9-10, 2017, Farmingdale, NY

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Holds 12-Shot Lead at Doc Gimmler Invitational.
Led by Jonathan Keppler (-5) and John Pak (-4), FSU Men's Golf is 9-under with one round left to play on Sunday in Farmingdale, N.Y.

September 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State Men's Golf team got its fall season off on the right foot, shooting 9-under through the first two rounds of the Doc Gimmler Invitational at Bethpage Red in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Saturday.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler ignited FSU's big start, shooting 5-under (66-69) to sit in second place among the 78 individual participants. The Marietta, Ga., native totaled six birdies as part of his first-round 66, then tacked on three more in his second-round 69.

Freshman John Pak, making his FSU debut, is tied for third at 4-under (69-67). The Scotch Plains, N.J., native birdied his final three holes in his first round to spark a quality day on the course.

Behind Florida State is Connecticut (+3), Loyola-Maryland (+4), Harvard (+6) and Johnson & Wales (+8) in the Top five.

FSU's 34 total birdies leads the field, as well as its 4.08 scoring average on par 4s. Junior Bennett Baker, who is seventh at 1-under (68-71), is tied for the lead among all golfers shooting 4-under on par 5 holes.

Sophomore Jake Carter (+4) is tied for 28th, while fellow sophomore Greyson Porter (+7) is tied for 38th.

Men’s Golf Wins Doc Gimmler Invitational. September 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL – One tournament played. One victory made.

The Florida State Men’s Golf team won Sunday’s Doc Gimmler Invitational at Bethpage Red, garnering a 10-shot victory at 13-under while three Seminoles finished in the Top 10.

Freshman John Pak impressed in his FSU debut, finishing in second place at 9-under. The Scotch Plains, N.J., native ended his final round with a 5-under 65. Included in his low-scoring scorecard were five birdies. Pak finished only two strokes off the lead of Eoin Leonard from Yale, who shot 11-under.

Pak (69-67-65) got better as each round went on, playing at his best on tricky par 3 holes. On the shorter holes, Pak went 3-under in his three rounds played. His 15 total birdies at the Farmingdale, N.Y., course tied for the most among all individual participants.

So far Pak has backed up his high praise as a freshman, ranking seventh in the 2017 signing class by Golfweek with a Top 100 WAGR ranking.

Showing flashes of brilliance last year, redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler started his season well with a 4-under 206 (66-69-71) to tie for third overall. The Marietta, Ga., native shot a 33 on the front nine in his final round, and was one of four student-athletes in the tournament who shot under par on par 4 holes (1-under).

Junior Tallahassee native Bennett Baker backed up his improved season as a sophomore with a tied-for-10th finish (+1). The Chiles High School product birdied consecutive par 4s on the 13th and 14th holes to contribute to a final-round 71.

Sophomore Greyson Porter ended his tournament well with a 1-under 69, and shot 6-over for the three rounds to tie for 31st. Fellow sophomore Jake Carter tied for 37th at 8-over.

Florida State victory is the 21st under head coach Trey Jones, as the Seminoles have won 12 tournaments since the 2012-13 season.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
John Pak                     2     69    67    65    201
Jonathan Keppler             3t    66    69    71    206
Bennett Baker               10t    68    71    71    210
Jake Carter                 28t    71    73    74    218
Greyson Porter              31t    77    70    69    216

09/17/2017, September 15-17, 2017, Olympia Fields, Il

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Baker's 68 Boosts FSU Golf in First Round at Olympia Fields.
Junior Bennett Baker's 2-under showing has him tied for sixth while men's golf is fifth at 2-over.

September 15, 2017

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - Tallahassee native and junior golfer Bennett Baker gave Florida State Men's Golf a first-round lift on Friday, shooting a 2-under 68 at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational held at Olympia Fields Country Club.

The Seminoles are just two shots out of the lead at 2-over (282) and enter the second round in fifth place. Alabama, Oklahoma State and Baylor are in a three-way tie for first place at even par, followed by Texas A&M (+1) and FSU in the Top five.

Baker, who attended Chiles High School, strung together four birdies and was consistent through all 18 holes. On a championship-level course, Baker recorded just two bogeys and is tied for sixth among the 78 participants.

"Bennett has a great temperament for hard golf courses," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "He chooses his spots well and has very good composure."

Baker is the lone returning member who was part of the FSU Golf starting five two years ago that won the Fighting Illini Invitational, which routinely features some of the best collegiate programs in the country. Baker's debut came at Olympia Fields that year, where he wound up shooting a first-round 66 and tying for ninth overall.

Freshmen John Pak and redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler continued their torrid starts to the season. Both student-athletes shot even-par 70s, joining Baker as three of just 23 golfers to shoot even or better in the first round. Pak has been at even par or better in all four of his collegiate rounds played after finishing second at last week's Doc Gimmler Invitational.

"John Pak played a beautiful round of golf," Jones added. "He made 13 easy pars, one tough par, two bogies and two birdies. Look for him to continue to climb up the leaderboard this week."

Keppler started his round with his second career eagle on the opening hole, a par-5, 626-yard monster. He added three more birdies, including two on the back nine, to tie for 14th overall.

"Jonathan looks like a different player than when he came here a year ago," Jones said of Keppler. "This course doesn't let up and if you are not confident it will expose you. We are only four rounds into the season but I like where his game is going."

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis made his season debut, finishing with a 4-over 74. Sophomore Greyson Porter is 11-over.

Pak Continues Par or Less Streak at Olympia Fields.
Florida State Men's Golf is in sixth at 10-over as freshman John Pak's first five rounds played at Florida State have all been at par or less.

September 16, 2017

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - Freshman John Pak's even-par 70 in the second round of the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational highlighted Florida State Men's Golf's day at Olympia Fields on Saturday afternoon.

The Seminoles are currently 10-over through two rounds (282-288), sitting solely in sixth place at one of the top tournaments in collegiate golf. Alabama is first at even par, followed by Baylor (+3), Texas A&M (+6), Oklahoma State (+7), Illinois (+7) and FSU.

"I liked our composure and game plan today," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "We didn't execute on the par 5's but that's about it. We have a good opportunity tomorrow."

Pak extended his streak of par or less rounds to five, and tied for 12th in the field at even-par overall (70-70). The Scotch Plains, N.J., native recorded two birdies and just one bogey while adding 15 pars. He birdied the opening par-5, 626-yard hole and added another one on the 11th-hole, 396-yard par 4.

Junior Bennett Baker is tied for 16th among all participants, shooting 1-over and recording a 3-over 73 on Saturday. The Tallahassee native made two birdies on the back nine, including a difficult par-4, 455-yard 17th.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis played well, shooting a 2-over 72 in the second round. He is tied for 37th at 6-over, using three birdies on the back nine to his advantage.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler is tied for 24th overall at 3-over, shooting a 73 on Saturday. Sophomore Greyson Porter is 19-over.

Seminoles Finish Sixth at OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational.
Freshman John Pak places eighth overall while redshirt senior Harry Ellis cards a 3-under 67 on Sunday.

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - In one of the nation's top collegiate tournaments, 20th-ranked Florida State Men's Golf finished sixth at the OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational held at Olympia Fields on Sunday afternoon.

"A lot of positives this week," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "John (Pak) is a special player and a great addition to our team. You come to Florida State to not only play in events like Olympia Fields but to compete to win. We learned this team has a big upside and a lot to work on."

FSU finished 14-over (282-288-284), bettering itself by four strokes in its final round compared to its second round on Saturday. Texas A&M won the tournament and was the only team to finish under par at 3-under.

Pak carded his sixth consecutive round at par or less, shooting a 2-under 68 on Sunday in his final round. Pak also finished at 2-under overall (70-70-68) to place eighth overall. For the three-day tournament, the Scotch Plains, N.J., native finished 5-under on par 5 holes, tying Stanford's Brandon Wu and Oklahoma State's Matthew Wolff for the lowest par 5 score in the field.

In his six rounds played at FSU, Pak has finished under par in four of them and at even par twice.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis played a flawless round on Sunday, posting FSU's best single-round score at the tournament with a 3-under 67. Ellis' 18 holes on Sunday included three birdies on par-4 holes and 15 pars. Ellis tied for 18th and finished 3-over for the tournament (74-72-67).

Junior Bennett Baker got himself a Top 20 finish after tying for 20th at 4-over (68-73-73). Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for 39th at 6-over (70-73-76) and sophomore Greyson Porter tied for 76th at 26-over (81-78-77).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
John Pak                     8     70    70    68    208
Harry Ellis                 18t    74    72    67    213
Bennett Baker               20t    68    73    73    214
Jonathan Keppler            39t    70    73    76    219
Greyson Porter              76t    81    78    77    236

10/03/2017, October 1-3, 2017, Erin Hills, Wi

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Men's Golf Tied for Ninth at Erin Hills.
Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler provides the team's brightest spot with a 2-over 74 at the Marquette Intercollegiate. October 1, 2017

ERIN HILLS, WI – A high-level U.S. Open course at Erin Hills reared its ugly head on Sunday for all 15 teams at the Marquette Intercollegiate. For Florida State Men's Golf, it is currently tied for ninth in the field at 13-over (301) through the first round.

USF holds the lead at even-par (288), a sign of the course's immense length and difficulty. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler led the Seminoles with a 2-over 74, putting him in a tie for 22nd. The Marietta, Ga., native totaled three birdies, all on par-4 holes. Keppler shot 37 on both the front and back nine.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis was one stroke off of Keppler, shooting a 3-over 75. The England native had four bogeys but did record a birdie on a par-3, 200-yard 16th hole. Ellis is tied for 28th.

Sophomore Jamie Li had a good debut with a 4-over 76, notching two birdies including one on the front and back ends. The Bath, England, native made his fifth career tournament appearance for the Seminoles.

Freshman John Pak broke his par or lower streak at sixth rounds, matching Li with a 76. Pak's highlight came on his lone birdie at the 594-yard par-5 on the 14th. Pak and Li are each tied for 37th.

Sophomore Jake Carter is tied for 63rd with a 7-over 79, while junior Bennett Baker is tied for 78th at 9-over.

Ellis' 66 Highlights Florida State's Bounce-Back at Erin Hills.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis tears up a U.S. Open course with a 6-under 66; the Seminoles are eight shots back in fourth place (+12).

October 2, 2017

ERIN HILLS, WI - Redshirt senior Harry Ellis tied his career low vs. par by shooting a 6-under 66 on Monday at Erin Hills. The eye-opening score drove 24th-ranked Florida State Men's Golf up the leaderboard into fourth place (+12) through two rounds at the Marquette Intercollegiate.

Ellis' feat is even more impressive considering the length of Erin Hills, which played host to the 2017 U.S. Open won by Seminole Brooks Koepka. Ellis' 6-under score is the fourth time in his career he has shot 6-under in a round, last doing it in the second round of last year's NCAA Championship held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

"Harry played one of the better rounds I have coached today," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "He has been playing really well at home and it is great to see that translate to the road. He has exceptional length and (hitting it) straight seems to work well for Seminoles around Erin Hills.

"Harry's wedge game and putter have come a long way since he arrived. He is definitely a complete player at the moment."

Ellis vaulted up to a tie for second place with a 3-under 141, moving up 26 spots from when he was tied for 28th through the first round. Half of his holes played on Monday were birdies, shooting 33s on both the front and back nine. His 10 birdies through two rounds is tied with Augusta's Gustav Andersson for the most among all golfers.

Ellis' 6-under showing is also the lowest round vs. par by a Seminole in the early season, surpassing freshman John Pak's 5-under 65 in the final round of the Doc Gimmler.

The Seminoles (+12) trail tournament leader Texas A&M (+4) by eight shots heading into the final round. UCLA is in second place at 5-over, followed by Marquette (+10), FSU and Michigan State (+17) in the Top five. FSU shaved 14 strokes off its team score on Sunday, shooting 1-under on Monday.

"I am proud of the young guys today," Jones added. "Jamie (Li), John (Pak) and Jake (Carter) don't have 10 college tournament appearances combined and they showed me something today. They each had a tough stretch and bounced back."

Pak and Li each shot 2-over 74s on Monday, and are both tied for 27th overall at 6-over apiece. Carter added a sharp 1-over 73 and is tied for 47th overall at 8-over.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler shot a 9-over 81, while junior Bennett Baker, playing individually, had a 3-over 75 on Monday.

Ellis Nabs First Tournament Title at Erin Hills.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis earns a co-championship at the Marquette Intercollegiate after tying for first, finishing 3-under overall on the 2017 U.S. Open course.

October 3, 2017

ERIN HILLS, WI - Redshirt senior Harry Ellis delivered his first collegiate tournament title on Tuesday afternoon, sharing the Marquette Intercollegiate championship with Marquette's Austin Kendziorski as both golfers finished 3-under at Erin Hills.

Ellis (75-66-72) shot even-par on Tuesday to boost the Seminoles, which finished fourth overall at 23-over (301-287-299). He used two birdies to his advantage on the back nine, which included a frantic finish where he birdied the par-4, 481-yard 17th but bogeyed the long par-5, 675-yard 18th.

However, Kendziorski had an opportunity to win the tournament outright as he had three holes remaining as Ellis finished play. The Marquette golfer parred the 16th, bogeyed the 17th but birdied the 18th to create the tie.

For Ellis, Tuesday's co-championship is another milestone for the England native who has enjoyed a phenomenal year-long run. And it adds to the recent Florida State Men's Golf lore at Erin Hills, which was dominated by Seminole Brooks Koepka 3 ½ months ago as he picked up his first major title.

"I am proud of Harry for taking another significant step in his golf career," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "You don't always get what you think you deserve in golf but Harry deserved this win. He played through a very painful neck injury all day and still performed at a very high level. He continues to lead by example in every way."

Ellis' 66 on Monday was the lowest single round of any golfer at this year's Marquette Intercollegiate. Since 1994, Ellis is the 17th different Seminole to win at least one collegiate tournament in his career. He navigated the difficult winds that brought higher scores across the board on Tuesday, as Texas A&M took home the tournament crown finishing 2-over.

Fourteen of the 15 teams shot above par in the final round, as UCLA (second: +13), Marquette (+15), FSU and Michigan State (+30) round out the Top five.

Sophomore Jamie Li impressed in his first outing of the year, tying for 16th at 5-over after shooting a 1-under 71 in his final round. Li totaled three birdies and used a fast-starting 33 on the front nine, which includes three birdies on holes 3 (476-yard par 4), 5 (505-yard par 4) and 7 (607-yard par 5).

Freshman John Pak tied for 34th at 11-over, shooting a 5-over 77 in his final day. Sophomore Jake Carter went 15-over for his final score, shooting a 79 on Tuesday.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for 70th at 20-over, and junior Bennett Baker continued his play as an individual and tied for 75th (+22).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
Harry Ellis                  1t    75    66    72    213
Jamie Li                    16t    76    74    71    221
John Pak                    34t    76    74    77    227
Jake Carter                 51t    79    73    79    231
Jonathan Keppler            70t    74    81    81    236
Bennett Baker             * 75t    81    75    82    238

10/22/2017, October 20-22, 2017, Alpharetta, Ga

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Pak Goes Three-Under in First Round of Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.
Freshman John Pak's 69 in the opening round leaves him tied for 12th; Florida State Men's Golf is in 11th at 1-under (287).

October 20, 2017

ALPHARETTA, GA - Freshman John Pak recorded his fifth sub-70 round of the fall on Friday afternoon, carding a three-under 69 to lead Florida State Men's Golf in the opening round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

Pak used three birdies to his advantage on Friday, recording two in back-to-back variety on the 13th and 14th holes. He added another one on a par-5, 542-yard hole at one, as he currently sits tied for 12th to lead the Seminoles.

The freshman sensation from Scotch Plains, N.J., came into the tournament leading FSU with an average score of 70.67. He has two Top-10 finishes in two of his first three tournaments played.

Florida State is 11th in the 15-team field at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The Seminoles shot a 1-under 287, as sophomore Jamie Li also had a good round with a 1-under 71. Li added three birdies and is tied for 25th, joining Pak as the two Seminoles who finished the first round under par.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler shot a 1-over 73. Keppler birdied two holes and bogeyed one on the opening back nine, but had three bogeys on the closing front nine. Redshirt senior Harry Ellis is 2-over with a 74, tying for 54th.

Sophomore Jake Carter finalized FSU's scoring with a 4-over 76.

The Seminoles are one of 11 teams who shot under par at the 7,017-yard Lakeside course.

Pak Goes Low Again for Seminoles.
Freshman John Pak recorded another 69, tying for ninth individually while Florida State Men's Golf is 13th at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.

October 21, 2017

ALPHARETTA, GA - It was another super outing for freshman John Pak of the Florida State Men's Golf team. He recorded his second straight 3-under 69 and is currently tied for ninth at 6-under overall through two rounds of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga.

While the Scotch Plains, N.J., native showed off his remarkable accuracy from the tee on Friday, Saturday he proved his ability to scramble and get out of tough situations.

"John opened with a very easy 69 in round one," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "He hit all but one fairway and two greens in regulation. Today he didn't drive the ball as well but showed he has a complete game and made some nice par saves late in the round. This is a great course for John and I would not be surprised if he gets a low one tomorrow."

Pak began at the first hole on Saturday and shot a 33 on the front nine, getting three birdies. He shot an even-36 on the back nine, with his only blemish being a bogey on the par-4, 432-yard 14th hole.

Pak is tied for third among all participants in par 3 scoring, shooting 2-under through the first two rounds.

Overall, the Seminoles have a total score of 571 (287-284) and are 5-under, but are in 13th place in the 15-team field. Wake Forest leads the tournament at 23-under. Fourteen of the 15 teams are under par.

Sophomore Jamie Li put together two birdies and three bogeys on Saturday, shooting a 1-over 73. He is tied for 43rd at even-par.

Sophomore Jake Carter improved greatly in the second round with a 2-under 70, making three birdies to just one bogey. Carter and redshirt senior Harry Ellis are both tied for 53rd at 2-over. Ellis' highlight came with FSU's second eagle of the season, putting it in the cup with just two shots on the second-hole, par-4, 339-yarder.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler is tied for 72nd at 7-over.

Florida State Men's Golf Finishes Fall Season.
The Seminoles end in 13th place at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, while freshman John Pak ties for seventh at 6-under.

October 22, 2017

ALPHARAETTA, GA - The Florida State Men's Golf team finished at 6-under (287-284-287) at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, placing 13th in the competitive field.

Freshman John Pak headlined the Seminoles by tying for seventh at 6-under overall (69-69-72), recording his third Top-10 finish in four tournaments played this fall. Pak's consistency as a freshman has been remarkable so far, as his presences bodes very well for Florida State this spring.

Pak executed on his par 3s all weekend, finishing 2-under to tie for the third-lowest among all golfers. He added 39 pars, tying for the 10th-most. In Sunday's final round, he notched his first career eagle as it just took three shots to hole out the par-5, 542-yard first hole.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis' seven birdies in the final round contributed to an improved 5-under 67, as he tied for 30th overall at 3-under. Ellis posted consecutive birdies on holes 1-2 and 8-9, shooting a 33 on the front nine.

Sophomore Jamie Li tied for 44th at even-par, which included his final-round 72. Li also birdied the first and second holes, as FSU dominated those two holes combined shooting 8-under (hole one is a par 5, hole two is a par 4) on Sunday.

Sophomore Jake Carter tied for 73rd at 10-over, while redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for 76th at 11-over.

Oklahoma State won the tournament by finishing 27-under (277-286-274).

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
=========================  =====  ====  ====  ====  =====
John Pak                     7t    69    69    72    210
Harry Ellis                 30t    74    72    67    213
Jamie Li                    44t    71    73    72    216
Jake Carter                 73t    76    70    80    226
Jonathan Keppler            76t    73    78    76    227

02/13/2018, February 12-13, 2018, Mobile, Al

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Li, Ellis Help Noles to 13-Shot Lead in Mobile.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis (-7) and sophomore Jamie Li (-7) are tied for first, while the Seminoles have a sizeable lead through one round at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.

February 12, 2018

MOBILE, AL - Just like the opener to its most recent fall season, the Florida State Men's Golf team has started its spring in fine fashion. FSU is 17-under through one completed round at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, holding a 13-shot lead.

"I'm really proud of the team today," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "There were some external challenges early on with the weather, but they stayed patient and executed well throughout the day."

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis (-7) and sophomore Jamie Li (-7) are tied for first at Magnolia Grove Crossings Course. Ellis carded a 3-under 69 in the first round, then was superb on the front nine in round two when he shot a 32. He was 12 holes through his second round before play was suspended.

Ellis had four consecutive holes under par on the front nine in his second round, which included his sixth career eagle on the 540-yard, par-5 fourth hole. His first-round 69 was his 17th career round in the 60s, including his 16th since the start of his redshirt junior season.

Li recorded a career-low 68 in the first round in Mobile, which involved five birdies to his aid. The native of Bath, England, then carded four consecutive birdies on the front nine of the second round. He has two holes remaining in his second round, which is currently at 62.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler is tied for seventh at 2-under, shooting an even-par 72 in the first round. With three holes left in his second round, he has shot a 59 with four birdies.

Freshman John Pak is 1-under overall and tied for ninth, while sophomore Jake Carter is 4-over and tied for 35th.

Behind Florida State is tournament host South Alabama in second place (-4), followed by Western Kentucky (-2), Notre Dame (+6) and Central Arkansas (+6) in the Top 5.

"I felt our preparation was good and it's gratifying to see it applied on the road," Jones added.

In the separate USA Individual Tournament, also played at the same course, FSU's Parker Reddig is in first with a 1-under 70 through the first round. Sophomore Greyson Porter (+1) is tied for fourth and junior Bennett Baker (+2) is tied for sixth.

Florida State Men's Golf Cruises to Title in Mobile.
Harry Ellis (-11) and Jamie Li (-11) earn co-titles at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate as the Seminoles shoot 30-under and win by 16 strokes.

February 12, 2018

MOBILE, AL - A dominant performance on Tuesday resulted in a decisive victory for Florida State Men's Golf, shooting 30-under (280-278-276) to cruise to a 16-shot win at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Alabama.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis (69-67-69) tied for first with teammate and sophomore Jamie Li (68-69-68), earning his second co-championship while Li wins his first. Both student-athletes are natives of England, with Ellis being from Southampton and Li from Bath.

"Obviously when you win you are proud, but I am more proud of the guys' preparation and maturity they are developing," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "This week we competed with one freshman, three sophomores and a senior. There is no substitute for confidence and I like where we are now compared to where we were in October."

Ellis proved once again why he is one of the top amateurs in NCAA Golf, totaling 12 birdies in his three rounds of play. After finishing his second round with a 67 on Tuesday morning, he followed with mistake-free golf in the final round, totaling three birdies and 15 pars.

"Harry is the perfect team captain," Jones added. "He leads by example every day. He is vocal when the need requires and he shows how to win every week."

Li set career milestones on Tuesday, shooting a career-low 205 and also posted a pair of 68s in the first and final rounds, another personal milestone. Li's 14 total birdies throughout the tournament tied for the most among all golfers, and he cumulatively shot a 1-under on the par-3 holes.

"Jamie Li not only showed himself how good he can be, but how good he is already," Jones said.

For Jones, it was his 22nd tournament win as he continues to extend his record for wins by an FSU men's golf coach.

Two other Seminoles finished in the Top 10, as Jonathan Keppler (72-69-71) shot a 4-under 212 to tie for sixth. Talented freshman John Pak (71-74-68) carded a 3-under 213, his fourth Top 10 finish in five tournaments played at Florida State as he placed in a tie for eighth.

Tournament host South Alabama ended 16 shots back at 14-under for second place, followed by Western Kentucky (-6), Illinois State (+3) and Kennesaw State (+6) in the Top 5.

FSU combined to out-shoot all 15 opponents in par 3 (+1), par 4 (-8) and par 5 (-18) scoring.

USA Individual Tournament

Florida State had others put together fine performances in the simultaneous USA Individual Tournament held at Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Course in Mobile.

Junior Bennett Baker earned an individual title by finishing at 4-under (73-67-69) 209. He ended his final round with an eagle on the par-5, 552-yard 18th hole. Baker finished first among a 40-individual field.

Sophomore Greyson Porter (72-73-67) tied for second with a 4-under 212, while freshman Parker Reddig (70-71-72) made an impressive debut with an even-par 213 to tie for fourth.

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Harry Ellis                  1t    69    67    69    205
Jamie Li                     1t    68    69    68    205
Jonathan Keppler             6t    72    69    71    212
John Pak                     8t    71    74    68    213
Jake Carter                 27t    75    73    72    220

02/13/2018, February 12-13, 2018, Mobile, Al

Name                       Place  Rnd1  Rnd2  Rnd3  Total
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Bennett Baker             *  1     73    67    69    209
Greyson Porter            *  2t    72    73    67    212
Parker Reddig             *  4t    70    71    72    213