TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Another competitive schedule has been compiled by Florida State Men’s Golf head coach Trey Jones, as the Seminoles tee off their 2017-18 season on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Doc Gimmler Invitational held at Bethpage Red Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Overall, Florida State will participate in as many as 12 quality tournaments in 2017-18, which could include a 13th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and a trip to its seventh straight NCAA Final.
One of the highlights of the fall schedule is a trip to Erin Hills, the site of the 2017 U.S. Open that Seminole Brooks Koepka won. FSU participates in the Marquette Intercollegiate from Oct. 1-3.
After FSU begins the year in the Long Island area on Sept. 9-10, the Seminoles head to another U.S. Open course that they’re quite familiar with – Olympia Fields. FSU plays in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational Sept. 15-17.
Rounding out the fall schedule is the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Championship hosted by Georgia Tech on Oct. 20-22. The tournament is located in Alpharetta, Ga.
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Florida State continues to host the 42nd Seminole Intercollegiate, but it will be held a couple weeks earlier at Southwood Golf Club from Feb. 24-25. FSU has won its home tournament 11 times, and broke its course record last season shooting 28-under to tie for second.
FSU begins its spring slate with the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate hosted by South Alabama from Feb. 12-13. Following the Seminole Intercollegiate, a couple regularly-played tournaments follow with the Querencia Cabo Collegiate (March 4-6) and the Valspar Collegiate Invitatioanl (March 18-20) located at the Floridian.
Following the Gary Koch Invitational at Gaston Country Club (April 9-10) in Gastonia, N.C., the ACC Championship returns to New London, N.C., at Old North State Club from April 20-22.
NCAA Regional play goes from May 14-16, with the hosts including N.C. State (Raleigh, N.C.), Texas A&M (Bryan, Texas), Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), UCF (Kissimmee, Fla.), Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.) and Pacific (Stockton, Calif.).
The NCAA Championship runs from May 25-30 and will be hosted by Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
Florida State returns seven student-athletes who played in at least three tournaments in the 2016-17 year. Rising redshirt senior Harry Ellis is coming off an All-America season where he led the Seminoles in par 3 scoring (3.1) and total birdies (130) while totaling three Top-5 finishes.
Ellis then went on to win the Amateur Championship in June 2017, earning exemptions as an amateur to the 2017 Open Championship, the 2018 Masters and the 2018 U.S. Open.
Rising junior and Tallahassee native Bennett Baker showed great improvement last season, shooting 73.19 in seven events. He finished at par or better in nearly half of his rounds played (9/21).
Other key contributors back in Garnet and Gold are junior Corey Carlson, redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler and sophomores Jake Carter, Jamie Li and Greyson Porter.
FSU’s two-member freshmen class includes John Pak of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Parker Reddig of Minneapolis, Minn.