TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Fourth-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf hosts the 40th annual Seminole Intercollegiate this weekend on March 11-13 at Southwood Golf Club. FSU is looking to defend last year’s title and has also won the tournament in four of the last five years.
“We travel all year long and this is the only home tournament we get to play,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “Initially going out there will be some jitters but they’ll settle in. They can’t hit it in a place on this golf course where they don’t know where to hit it from, and once that starts to happen they’ll be really comfortable.”
The 14-team field includes 10 teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 100 and four teams ranked in the Top 50, including Auburn (3), Florida State (4), Penn State (23) and Louisville (48). The other teams competing include East Tennessee State, Illinois State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Mercer, Ole Miss, Penn, Troy, VCU and West Virginia.
The 14 teams have combined for 15 tournament victories in the 2015-16 year, headlined by three wins apiece from Auburn and James Madison.
In 18 rounds played this season, senior Hank Lebioda leads the Seminoles with an average score of 70.33, a mark that ranks 14th nationally. Florida State’s collective average score of 71.81 is fourth in the country.
The Seminoles hope to get off to another fast start, as their first-round average score of 70.83 leads the nation. Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar is averaging a 68 in his first rounds this year, the second-best mark in the nation. Del Solar is putting together a stellar season which includes executing on the par 4 holes, averaging 3.94 in the given situation.
Last season the Seminoles shot 17-under in the final round to come back from eight strokes down and secure the tournament championship. Current junior Josh Lee aided the comeback by shooting 4-under, while Lebioda and Del Solar each added a pair of 2-under scores. While playing as an individual, current junior Anthony Alex also shot 4-under on the final day.
Florida State tees off on Friday with three student-athletes playing separate as individuals. Freshman Bennett Baker begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by Lee (8:50 a.m.) and freshman Corey Carlson (9:10 a.m.) all off the first tee.
FSU’s team-playing members include freshman Tyler Bakich (9:20 a.m.), Rowin Caron (9:30 a.m.), Harry Ellis (9:40 a.m.), Del Solar (9:50 a.m.) and Lebioda (10 a.m.) all off the first tee as well.
Alex will also play as an individual and will tee off at 10:30 a.m. from hole 10.