May 24, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Although it took over 26 hours, the Florida State men’s golf team finished the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday morning. After play was suspended Friday night at the Prairie Dunes Country Club, the Seminoles resumed play this morning at 7:00 a.m. Central time.
Florida State started the day on holes eight through 12 and finished the round at 9:45 a.m., 26 hours and 45 minutes after the round was supposed to start. After plenty of rain and delays, the Seminoles finished the round at 6-over 286 to finish the round tied for 22nd.
“This is an extremely difficult golf course that doesn’t let up,” said head coach Trey Jones. “But this is as easy as we’ll see it with no wind this morning. We just needed to come out and play a little better than we did. The rain delays yesterday were aggravating but that’s part of golf, it took nearly 27 hours to play 18 holes but this is an outdoor sport. It tries your patience and makes you tired, but we’ve got this one behind us. The guys needed to learn the golf course and need to execute a little better tomorrow.”
Redshirt freshman Cristobal Del Solar started the morning on the 10th hole and made all pars until the final hole when he posted a birdie. Del Solar finished with a 3-under 67 to tie his previous low round score. He also carded a 67 at the USF Invitational on March 4. Del Solar was tied for eighth at the end of the first round.
“Cristobal just keeps getting better and better,” continued Jones. “He has the best mindset on the team for a course like this. He’s a tough kid; if he hits it in a bad spot, it doesn’t bother him. He has a ball flight that he knows is going in one direction and he can eliminate part of the golf course. He’s going to continue to play well and I’m proud of everything that he’s done.”
Hank Lebioda started the morning in the middle of the ninth fairway to finish the hole with a par. On this 10th hole, he carded a bogey but gained the stroke back on the 14th hole. The sophomore’s second shot landed six feet from the hole for the putt. He finished the round 1-over par and was tied for 63rd.
Freshman Jack Maguire, sophomore Rowin Caron and senior Joaquin Lolas all finished the round with a 4-over 74. Maguire started with a bogey on eight and ended up at 5-over until a birdie on 14, he closed out the round with pars on the last four holes. Lolas started the day on the 12th hole and finished the day with two bogeys. Caron started the day on the 11th hole and then carded bogeys on holes 11, 12 and 18.
The 15 teams in Friday’s afternoon wave is trying to play 36 holes Saturday until the sun goes down. The remainder of the second round begins at 7:00 a.m. Although the Seminoles tee time has not been announced, they will tee off from the 10th hole on Sunday.
Updates will be posted on the official Twitter account of Florida State golf, @fsugolf.