SAMMAMISH, Wash. (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt junior Harry Ellis produced a clutch second-round performance in a rain-delayed day at the NCAA Washington Regional, shooting a 5-under 66. No. 24 Florida State Men’s Golf is second overall at 2-under and trails top-ranked USC by only three strokes.
Ellis ended his first round on Monday as the non-counting score after going 2-over at Aldarra Golf Club. Despite battling the rainy conditions that produced over a four-hour delay on Tuesday, Ellis’ story was much different. The England native collected six birdies and shot a pair of 33s on the front and back nines to head into the final round with great momentum.
Ellis, an All-ACC Team and Arnold Palmer Cup selection, is fourth overall at 3-under. His 66 is the lowest score by a Seminole in NCAA postseason play since Chase Seiffert shot the same score at the 2013 NCAA Tallahassee Regional held at Golden Eagle.
The cutline is 12-over with Alabama in fifth place. Following USC at 5-under and FSU at 2-under is third-place Kent State (+1) and Penn State (+10).
Senior Josh Lee is at even-par overall after shooting a 4-over 75 on Tuesday. Lee’s lone birdie came on the par-5, 12th hole that is 516 yards in length. He is tied for seventh in the field.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar is tied for 13th at 1-over, carding a 3-over 74 on Tuesday. Sophomore Corey Carlson hung in there with a 3-over 74 on Tuesday, tying for 16th through two rounds at 2-over.
Sophomore Bennett Baker is tied for 27th at 4-over.
Florida State leads all teams in par 5 scoring at 15-under, averaging 4.63 on par 5 holes. With Ellis’ substantial day, he is second among all golfers at the regional with a 3.89 scoring average on par 4s.
FSU attempts to clinch its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Finals in Wednesday’s final round. The finals will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., on May 26-31.