SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (Seminoles.com) – Howling winds and overall difficult course conditions were too tough to overcome on Monday afternoon as the Florida State Men’s Golf team ended its season tied for 14th place in the fourth round of the NCAA Championships held at Rich Harvest Farms. With winds whipping to nearly 30 miles per hour through much of Monday’s round, higher scores were shown across the board.
Florida State shot 29-over for the NCAA Championships, including 33-over on Monday in what was a grueling day for every team at the course.
“While we feel like we missed a great opportunity today, I am very proud of this team,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “There are some quality golf teams that didn’t make it to Chicago and even more who didn’t earn the right to play on the final day of stroke play in collegiate golf. All Seminoles should be proud of the way this team competed over the last month. It was obviously a challenging day and one they will learn from.”
Vanderbilt (-13), Oklahoma (-1), Illinois (+2), Oklahoma State (+3), Oregon (+6), Southern California (+6), Baylor (+7) and UNLV (+7) will participate in match play beginning on Tuesday.
Of the 15 teams left in the field, no school shot under par on Monday. And of the 84 individual golfers remaining, only four managed to shoot under par.
Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar finished his career shooting 2-over for the NCAA Championships and tying for 28th. He had the lowest score of any Seminole in Monday’s final stroke-play round, which included birdies on the par-4 12th and 17th holes.
Del Solar ends his outstanding career as a two-time All-ACC Team member. His next pursuit will be qualifying for the U.S. Open on June 5 in the sectional qualifier.
Senior Josh Lee also ended his career, tying for 81st at 23-over for the tournament. The Orange Park, Fla., native possesses a bright future ahead both on the golf course and in the working field, being an academic All-American for the Seminoles.
“It’s been an honor to coach Cristobal and Josh for four years,” Jones added. “To see their development as men and golfers is a tribute to our entire staff.”
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis went 6-over for the NCAA Championships to tie for 43rd. He put together a career year that goes down as one of the best comeback stories in FSU Golf history.
Sophomores Corey Carlson (+6) and Bennett Baker (+19) also ended their seasons, but give Florida State a bright future moving forward.
The Seminoles enjoyed another successful season that saw them reach the fourth and final round of NCAA Championships stroke play for the second time in the last three years.
Since the 30-team NCAA Championship format was introduced in 1989, Florida State has finished in the Top 15 eight times including this season.