TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A couple of solid individual performances by sophomore Corey Carlson and senior Josh Lee have helped No. 18 Florida State Men’s Golf into a tie for sixth place through the first round of the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields. Playing on a difficult championship golf course, both student-athletes have been able to tame the arduous features that the course offers. Carlson (72/+2) and Lee (72/+2) are tied for 16th so far as tournament host Illinois carries a six-stroke advantage over Texas A&M at 6-under overall. Texas A&M (E) is followed by Oklahoma State in third (+7), Purdue in fourth (+11), Baylor in fifth (+13) and FSU (+14), Texas and UNC in a share of sixth. The Seminoles shot 294 total, their highest score of the young season.
Carlson delivered a birdie on the par-4, 461-yard third hole, while Lee’s lone birdie came at the par-4, 444-yard 10th hole. They each had three bogeys apiece and kept things steady with a bevy of pars.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis continues to show development in his game, shooting a 4-over 74. After recording a 5-over 40 on the front nine, he battled back and shot 1-under on the back nine. His back nine included two birdies on the 13th and 17th holes, a par 4 and par 5, respectively.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar, coming off a good showing in his first tournament in Durham, shot a 6-over 76. Talented redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler shot a 9-over 79.
Florida State led the 15-team field with 63 pars recorded, and is tied for first so far averaging an even score on the course’s par 3 holes.
Tee times for Saturday’s second round have been pushed up by one hour. Keppler begins at 9 a.m. ET, followed by Del Solar (9:09 a.m.), Ellis (9:18 a.m.), Carlson (9:27 a.m.) and Lee (9:36 a.m.).
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