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
October 20-22, 2017, Alpharetta, Ga
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
FSU RECORD IS    0- 0     0- 0     0- 0     0- 0

2018 EOY Stats

Name Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10 Ave ======================================================================== John Pak 2 6 6 65 409 0 2 68.17 Bennett Baker 2 6 2 68 424 0 1 70.67 Jonathan Keppler 2 6 3 66 425 0 1 70.83 Harry Ellis 1 3 1 67 213 0 0 71.00 Jake Carter 1 3 0 71 218 0 0 72.67 Greyson Porter 2 6 2 69 452 0 0 75.33

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.

Menís Golf Wins Doc Gimmler Invitational. September 10, 2017

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

The Florida State Menís Golf team won Sundayís 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
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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
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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