BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt junior Harry Ellis of the 17th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team is tied for fourth through two rounds at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate located at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. FSU is seventh overall.
Ellis is 3-under overall after shooting a 68 (-2) in the first round followed by a 69 (-1) in round two as 36 holes of golf were played throughout Monday. The Southampton, England, native is two shots off leader Matthew Perrine (-5) of Baylor heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Ellis’ career-low single round score is 67 at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate. He has shown good development through his first two tournaments played in the fall, sitting third on the Seminoles with a 72.76 scoring average entering Monday’s rounds. His lowest tournament score at FSU is a 215 at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate, while his best finish is tied for 16th at last year’s FSU tournament.
The FSU veteran golfer strung together nine birdies through the first two rounds, tying for the most of anyone in the tournament. In his second-round 69, he recorded six birdies including two sequences on holes 1-2 and 15-16 where they came in back-to-back fashion.
He posted three birdies in his first round played. Ellis was especially impressive on the Old Overton Golf Club’s 12 par-4 holes, combining to shoot 5-under which was tied for fourth best among all golfers in the field.
Florida State remains 15 shots back of tournament leaders Baylor (-2) and Auburn (-2). UAB (+4) is in third place, followed by UNLV (+7), Arkansas (+10) and Michigan (+12). Tournament host Alabama is in eighth (+14), followed by South Alabama (+18) and Charlotte (+18), Mississippi State (+19) and UTSA (+25).
The Seminoles are +13 overall (573), which includes a first-round 291 and a second-round 282 that was eight strokes lower.
Tee times for Tuesday’s final round include freshman Jake Carter at 9:50 a.m., sophomore Corey Carlson (10 a.m.), senior Josh Lee (10:10 a.m.), redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar (10:20 a.m.) and Ellis (10:30 a.m.).
Del Solar is tied for 25th at 4-over, which included a 1-over 71 in the first round. Lee shot a 75 in the first round but rebounded with an even-par 70 in the second, recording five birdies over his final 18 holes played.
Carlson got off to an inauspicious beginning when he carded a 9-over 79 through his first 18 holes. But the Green Cove Springs, Fla., native battled back with a 70 in the second round, also aided by five birdies in the frame.
Carter made his collegiate debut and shot a 77 and 73 in his first and second rounds, respectively.
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