TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf senior Hank Lebioda captured his first career outright individual title on Saturday evening as he shot a final-round 68 to win the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Club.
Lebioda’s final-round push helped the fourth-ranked Seminoles finish in second place (12-under 852) behind third-ranked Auburn (14-under 850), which out-shot FSU by two strokes. Lebioda, a returning All-American, finished 8-under with rounds of 69 (-3) and 68 (-4) on Saturday.
“Hank has one of the lowest final-round stroke averages of anybody that’s played here,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “He’s one of those guys that we kind of expect to do that, and he saves his best for last a lot. A 36-hole day is good for a guy like Hank because he is mentally strong and doesn’t let things get him down.”
Lebioda’s win marks his first outright title. He tied for first at the 2014 Gator Invitational when he was a sophomore.
Florida State shot well in its second round to start the day with a 7-under 281, then finished with a 1-under 286. Finishing in the top five behind Auburn and FSU was James Madison (-10), East Tennessee State (-8) and Penn State (-8).
“We played consistent, had a lot of guys around par at 1-over or 1-under. We just have to get to the next step and get those guys a little deeper,” Jones said of his team’s performance.
Playing as an individual, freshman Corey Carlson finished tied for seventh overall with a 4-under 212. Carlson ended his home team’s tournament with a final-round 69. Redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar finished with a 2-under 214 overall, tying for 13th.
Redshirt sophomore Harry Ellis made strides at the Seminole Intercollegiate, wrapping up Saturday’s event with a 1-under 215.
Florida State’s next tournament will take place on March 21-22 at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational in Palm City, Fla.