TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 18th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team begins its second tournament of the fall season at this weekend’s OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois. The Seminoles are the defending champions of the tournament, highlighted by their single-day tournament record 273 in the first round of last year’s invitational. FSU won by three strokes at 6-over par (273-294-279), including a strong 1-under par finish in the final round.
“This is our ninth consecutive appearance at Olympia Fields,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “I feel there is no better way to see where our guys are at than to play a major championship course against a great field. This is without question one of the majors in college golf.”
Olympia Fields has hosted a few majors in its own right, including two U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. Eight competing teams are ranked in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, including No. 1 Texas, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Illinois, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Alabama, No. 18 FSU, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 24 Baylor.
Also among the 15-team field is North Carolina, UNLV, Purdue, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Indiana and Army.
FSU is coming off a third-place finish at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club. Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar recorded his best finish ever by tying for second, shooting a final-round 66 and 9-under par overall.
Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler looks to continue his good start as he finished 3-under last week, finishing seventh overall. He will be joined by Del Solar, redshirt junior Harry Ellis, sophomore Corey Carlson and senior Josh Lee.
Lee is the lone Seminole who was part of last year’s victory at Olympia Fields. Del Solar competed at Olympia Fields in 2013 and 2014.
“We have three guys who will be making their first appearance here so they will need to adapt quickly to the challenging tee lines and small fast greens,” Jones added. “This is a course without surprises. It sits out in front of you and you simply have to execute shot after shot.”
Live scoring throughout the weekend can be accessed on golfstat.com. The 54-hole tournament will be played Friday-Sunday, with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. EST on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. EST on Sunday.
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