NEW LONDON, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – Junior Florida State Men’s golfer and Tallahassee native Bennett Baker finalized his stellar three-day performance at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship by tying for eighth on Sunday. Baker carded a final-round 69 and finished 9-under overall at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C.
The Seminoles ended their stay in North Carolina by placing ninth, shooting 16-under over their three rounds (282-284-282).
Baker ties for eighth for the second straight year at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship, doing so as a sophomore last year when he carded a 2-under 214 at Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C. He went even lower this year, as did the rest of the field, totaling a 9-under 207.
Baker’s final round was punctuated by his eighth career eagle on the 389-yard par-4 13th hole. The Chiles High School product holed out from 93 yards, marking his team-leading fourth of the season, and he moves up into a tie for ninth on the FSU career list with former players Doug Letson (2009-13) and Kris Hannah (1997-01).
The junior and his teammates started on the back nine on Sunday, and Baker had an eventful first four holes with a bogey followed by two straight birdies and the eagle. Baker garnered his fourth Top 10 finish of the year and his second straight after tying for sixth at the Gary Koch Invitational in his last tournament played.
For the second straight day, freshman John Pak had the low round of the day for the Seminoles with a 5-under 67. Pak tied for 17th overall with a 7-under 209, bolstered by an eagle of his own on the 427-yard, par-4 16th hole. In addition to his second eagle of the year, Pak added five birdies on the afternoon.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis tied for 30th with an even-par 216. He picked up four birdies on Sunday, while sophomore Jamie Li finished tied for 48th at 5-over. Junior Corey Carlson tied for 52nd at 7-over.
Fifth-ranked Georgia Tech (-29) edged No. 15 Clemson (-27) to win the ACC Championship. Virginia’s Thomas Walsh won the player title with a 16-under 200.
The Division I Men’s Golf NCAA Selection Show airs on Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. The six pre-determined NCAA Regional sites, which take place May 14-16, will be hosted by NC State, Texas A&M, Ohio State, UCF, Oklahoma and Pacific.