GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The third-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team ended the first two rounds of the SunTrust Gator Invitational in fifth place at 1-over on Saturday afternoon. FSU shot a 282 (+2) in the first round before improving with a 279 (-1) in round two.
Sparking the Seminoles on the course Saturday was the consistent play of redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar. The Chile native shot a pair of 3-under 67’s in the first and second rounds, sitting at 6-under overall (134) and in fourth place individually.
“Today was a perfect day to play golf,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “As a team we did not execute well early on, but did better late in the day. Cristobal is one of the best competitors I have had the privilege to coach. His mental toughness kept us in the tournament.”
Del Solar executed the best in par 4 situations, shooting 3-under on the day and finishing second-best with an average score of 3.85. He shot above par on just two of his 36 holes played, two bogeys compared to his eight birdies. In his first round, he strung together three consecutive birdies on holes 12-14.
Senior and returning All-American Rowin Caron went 2-over for the day with a combined score of 142. After shooting a 74 in the opening round, he bettered his score by six strokes with a 68 in round two, using seven birdies to his advantage in the better round.
Steady senior and returning All-American Hank Lebioda shot 3-over through the first two rounds, shooting a 72 in round one and a 71 in round two. The Winter Springs, Fla., native was 1-under on the day playing par 5’s with an average score of 4.83.
Junior Josh Lee matched Lebioda’s two-round score of 143, shooting 3-over. Lee was even through the first round with a 70 before finishing with a 73 in the second round.
Freshman Tyler Bakich made his Garnet and Gold debut and finished 6-over (143) through his first two collegiate rounds of play.
FSU finished with the third-most birdies through two rounds with 32 and executed in par 5 situations, combining to shoot 7-under.
Bakich leads FSU off the tee on Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. tee time, followed by Lee (8:40 a.m.), Lebioda (8:50 a.m.), Caron (9 a.m.) and Del Solar (9:10 a.m.).
Tournament host Florida leads the field at 10-under, followed by USF (-9), Jacksonville (-8) and Vanderbilt (-2) before rounding out with FSU.
“We have an experienced team that will come out and compete on Sunday,” Jones added.