BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – After two good rounds on Monday, redshirt junior Harry Ellis followed with a 1-over 71 in his final round on Tuesday to tie for fifth (-2 overall) at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate held at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. The fifth-place finish is a career best for Ellis, eclipsing his previous best finish of 16th at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate. The Southampton, England, native’s three-day score of 208 (68-69-71) was seven strokes better than his former career low of 215.
Ellis’ ability to put himself in good position off the tee allowed him for easier shots on several holes. Known as one of FSU’s longest drivers, he played the course well in all three rounds on Monday and Tuesday.
“The golf course allowed me to play to my strengths, that being distance off the tee and iron play,” Ellis said following his fifth-place finish. “I only hit one driver this whole tournament around a course that measures 7,200 yards, par 70. Putting myself in good position off the tee always allowed me to play aggressive with my iron play.”
His tee shots were key to setting the tone for the rest of each hole. Even when he missed on a few approach shots, he at least avoided higher scores. In 54 holes played he only double bogeyed once.
“I felt I was swinging really good,” Ellis added. “At times I missed a few approach shots in spots that were tough up and downs, but generally I executed extremely well over this tournament and made a good bunch of birdies, meaning I holed some good putts too.”
Ellis recorded 12 birdies in his three rounds played, and tied for the course lead by shooting 3-under on par-5 holes. Ellis also tied for second in par-4 situations, shooting 5-under.
Florida State recorded its highest score of the tournament in the final round, shooting 16-over on Tuesday. FSU finished 10th out of the 12 teams in the tournament. Auburn won the tournament at even par, while UNLV finished second at 1-over. The Running Rebels were the only team to finish under par in the final round, shooting 6-under.
Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar shot a 3-over 73 on Tuesday and tied for 24th overall at 7-over. Senior Josh Lee shot a 74 in the final round and tied for 28th at 9-over.
Sophomore Corey Carlson tied for 53rd at 17-over while freshman Jake Carter finished his first tournament tying for 55th (18-over).
Despite posting a 10th-place finish on Tuesday, FSU recorded a pair of Top-5 showings in its previous two fall tournaments. The Seminoles were third at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke and fifth at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.
FSU will go on a hiatus before the much-anticipated spring season gets underway with the Sea Best Invitational that will be played Feb. 6-7, 2017, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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