Oct. 22, 2013
WINDERMERE, Fla. – After missing the cut to play in last week’s tournament, Hank Lebioda knew he needed to play his best golf at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational this week. The sophomore did just that, only 30 minutes away from his parent’s house, as he finished in second place on Tuesday.
The Florida State men’s golf team continued to move up the standings and finished in fourth place with a 4-over 868 over three rounds at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.
“We started the fall season knowing our players were going to face the top players and teams in college golf on PGA Tour golf courses,” said head coach Trey Jones. “The coaching staff and the players now have a clear idea what we all need to do to improve.”
Coming into the day tied for fourth, Lebioda started the day with his family and friends in the crowd and a birdie on the first hole. He then followed that up with another birdie on the third.
The Winter Springs, Fla., native played even par golf until a bogey on the 14th, a hole that also plagued him on the first day. He got right back into the swing of things with a pair of birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to finish the tournament in second with a 7-under 209, four strokes behind first place Trey Mullinax of Alabama.
“Hank played like one of the top players in the country this week,” continued Jones. “He just made a big step from being a freshman to being a marquee player on a good team.”
“To have the opportunity to play in my hometown was such a humbling experience,” said Lebioda. “A lot of my family and friends were there supporting me the entire time which really helped me play the way I did.”
Sophomore Rowin Caron posted his second top ten finish of the fall Tuesday as he finished tied for eighth. Although he posted a 3-over 75 in the third round, his strong first round (71) and second round (69) helped keep him in the top ten.
“Rowin’s top 10 finish is impressive as well,” continued Jones. “Rowin is becoming a more complete player. I look for him to come on and have a great spring.”
Florida State’s freshmen closed out the team beginning with Josh Lee who was only 1-over Tuesday despite a triple bogey on hole five. He had five birdies on the day to help him move up eight spots in a tie for 35th. Anthony Alex finished tied for 50th after a 3-over 75 third round. Jack Maguire also posted a 3-over 75 but finished the tournament tied for 59th.
“Our younger guys showed me something this week,” concluded Jones. “While they made some big numbers, you can see that a light is going off realizing their mistakes are correctable. After the mistakes they held their composure and moved on to the next shot.”
The 15-team field has 14 teams ranked in the top 50 including No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 California, No. 6 Illinois, No. 11 New Mexico, No. 15 Texas, No. 16 UCF, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 23 Vanderbilt, No. 31 GRU Augusta, No. 34 LSU, No. 35 Texas Tech, No. 47 UNLV, No. 48 TCU and North Florida.
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