September 29, 2017 - by
A Seminole Presence Returns to Erin Hills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – One of the top moments in Florida State Men’s Golf history happened on June 18 of this year when program alum Brooks Koepka took home the U.S. Open Championship Trophy at Erin Hills.

Now, nearly 3 ½ months later, Florida State Men’s Golf has a chance to do a bit of its own conquering on the course. The 20th-ranked Seminoles participate in the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills from Oct. 1-3.

Florida State’s starting five for its third fall tournament includes freshman John Pak, sophomore Jake Carter, redshirt senior Harry Ellis, redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler and sophomore Jamie Li. Junior Bennett Baker will play as an individual.

Erin Hills is a tremendous par-72, 7,722-yard course located in Hartford, Wisc., just outside of Milwaukee. The layout is just shy of the 7,741-yard setup at the 117th U.S. Open, which was the longest in the major’s history. The tournament includes 15 teams and 87 golfers.

Pak enters the tournament leading the Seminoles with an average score of 68.17, good enough for the ninth-lowest in the country. The native of Scotch Plains, N.J., finished second at the season-opening Doc Gimmler Invitational, then placed eighth at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. His eighth-place finish was played at Olympia Fields, a 2003 U.S. Open venue.

Pak averages 4.33 on par 5 holes so far this season, tying for the 10th-lowest in the nation.

Baker is shooting 70.67 thus far, highlighted by a tied for 10th finish at The Doc Gimmler when he shot an even-par 210. In both of his first rounds played at FSU’s first two tournaments, the Tallahassee native has shot a 2-under 68.

Keppler owns a Top-5 finish so far this fall, starting the season well with a 4-under 206 at The Doc Gimmler to tie for third. The Marietta, Ga., native is third on the team averaging a 70.83.

Ellis prepares for his second tournament and is currently averaging a 71.00, while Carter is at 72.67. Li will make his fall debut.

Tee times will be made available Saturday morning, with Sunday and Monday beginning between 10 a.m. and 12:20 a.m. ET while Tuesday’s final round has a time span between 9:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. ET.

Live stats will be available on golfstat.com.

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