Florida State Men's Golf - 2018 Year In Review
Trey Jones, Head Coach
Robert Duck, Assistant Coach, Player Development
Mary Michael Maggio
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Parker Reddig, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Roster - By Name
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
|DOC GIMMLER INVITATIONAL
September 9-10, 2017, Farmingdale, NY
|OLYMPIA FIELDS INVITATIONAL
September 15-17, 2017, Olympia Fields, Il
October 1-3, 2017, Erin Hills, Wi
|GOLF CLUB OF GA COLL CHAMP
October 20-22, 2017, Alpharetta, Ga
|MOBILE SPORTS INTERCOLLEGIATE
February 12-13, 2018, Mobile, Al
February 24-25, 2018
|QUERENCIA CABO COLLEGIATE
March 4-6, 2018, Los Cabos, Mexico
|VALSPAR COLLEGIATE INVITE
March 18-20, 2018, Palm City, Fl
|GARY KOCH INVITATIONAL
April 9-10, 2018, Gastonia, NC
April 20-22, 2018, New London, NC
Overall Home Away Neutral ------------------------------------------------ FSU RECORD IS 0- 0 0- 0 0- 0 0- 0
2018 EOY StatsName Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10 Ave ======================================================================== John Pak 4 12 9 65 846 0 3 70.50 Harry Ellis 3 9 5 66 639 1 1 71.00 Jamie Li 2 6 3 71 437 0 0 72.83 Bennett Baker 3 9 2 68 662 0 1 73.56 Jonathan Keppler 4 12 3 66 888 0 1 74.00 Jake Carter 3 9 1 70 675 0 0 75.00 Greyson Porter 2 6 2 69 452 0 0 75.33
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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