TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The fifth-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team prepares for arguably its most competitive tournament of the spring season thus far as it travels to Palm City, Fla., for the Valspar Collegiate held at Floridian National Golf Club on March 21-22.
The 15-team tournament includes all teams being ranked in the Golfstat Top 50, with FSU being one of the highest-ranked teams in the field. Other Top 25 opponents include Illinois (3), Florida (7), Texas (8), Clemson (11), Oklahoma State (13), USF (17), South Carolina (18), LSU (22) and Arkansas (23).
Texas A&M (29), Houston (36), Memphis (38), Georgia Tech (45) and Kent State (48) are also competing in the field.
Florida State is coming off a second-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate, where it shot 12-under and trailed only Auburn’s 14-under finish. Senior Hank Lebioda took home the individual title for his first outright win of his career. His average score of 70.19 is ninth-best nationally, and he moved up to seventh on the latest United States player list for the Arnold Palmer Cup released March 17.
Overall, Florida State’s average score of 71.77 leads the nation, while its average par 4 score of 4.07 is tied for the third-best nationally.
FSU will bring freshman Corey Carlson, Lebioda, redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar, senior Rowin Caron and redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis to the tournament. A shot-gun start on Monday morning will include every golfer teeing off at 9 a.m.
Del Solar has finished in the Top 15 in two of his three spring tournaments, coming off a 13th-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate. His seven scores in the 60s in the 2015-16 year is already more than he’s had in either of his first two years at FSU.
Ellis is playing some of his best golf lately, shooting at par or better in each of his last three rounds. His aggregate score of 215 (1-under) was his lowest score of the year as he continues to show a lot of strength off the tee and create manageable approach shots.
Carlson had an impressive seventh-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate, ending with a 3-under 69 at Southwood Golf Club. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native has provided FSU with a boost as it continues to search for consistency in the lineup.
Live stats for this week’s tournament can be found on golfstat.com.