VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – The No. 2 Florida State men’s golf team held on in the third round to finish in second place at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. With back-to-back second place finishes this fall, the Seminoles are off to their best start since the early 1980s.
“I’m proud of the guy’s effort,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We came out and played well early. We never quit and it felt like each guy did a good job of competing all week. We were 20 shots back behind Alabama after the first round which was something a little too hard to overcome.”
Leading the Seminoles all tournament was junior Hank Lebioda who finished the tournament with an 8-under 202 to finish tied for second with Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans. Ben Wood of Mississippi State won the individual title with a 198. Lebioda finished the tournament with a 2-under 68 for his best finish since tying for first at the 2014 Gator Invitational.
“I’m very proud of how the team and I played this week,” said Lebioda. “Although not all of us had our best stuff, we fought the entire tournament and made the most of what we had. This is a huge step for our team and I’m excited to get back in action at Lake Nona.”
“Hank had a great tournament,” continued Jones. “He played well enough to win but Ben just shot a 63 and a 64 the last two rounds. You can’t play defense so it’s out of your control.”
Florida State got off to a quick start with a 5-under thru the first three holes. The strong start helped the Seminoles who finished the round with an even par 280 at the Old Overton Country Club. The Seminoles finished the tournament with a 3-over 843, 13 strokes behind first place Alabama. UNLV finished six strokes behind Florida State in third.
Sophomore Anthony Alex had his best finish of his collegiate career as he tied for 15th with a 3-over 213. He finished the tournament with a 72 on Tuesday which was highlighted with an eagle on the 15th hole.
Junior Rowin Caron carded an even par 70 and six birdies to finish the tournament with a 4-over 214, good for 20th.
Sophomores Jack Maguire and Josh Lee finished the tournament tied for 30th with a pair of 9-over 219s. Maguire turned in his best round of the two-day event thanks to three straight birdies on the front nine for an even par 70. Lee shot a 75 in the final round.
“We’re improving and looking forward to going to Orlando in two weeks,” concluded Jones. “I can’t wait to see if we can continue to progress and get a win.”
Florida State travels to the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 19-21. Check back to Seminoles.com for all your information on the golf team and follow the team at twitter.com/fsugolf.
Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate
Old Overton CC (Par 70, 7,209 yards)
Team Standings (54 holes)
1. Alabama – 830 (-10)
T2. Florida State – 843 (+3)
3. UNLV – 849 (+9)
4. UAB – 852 (+12)
5. Arkansas – 853 (+13)
6. Georgia Tech – 856 (+16)
7. Mississippi State – 863 (+23)
8. Charlotte – 866 (+26)
9. Texas A&M – 868 (+28)
>T10. UTSA – 873 (+33)
T10. Mississippi – 873 (+33)
T10. Georgia State – 873 (+33)