TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team hosts the annual Seminole Intercollegiate beginning on Friday morning at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Seminoles have eight golfers competing, beginning with freshman Jake Carter’s 8:30 a.m. tee time on Friday morning on hole one. Each Seminole will tee off on the first hole, including freshman Bennett Baker (8:41 a.m.), senior Josh Lee (8:52 a.m.), redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler (9:03 a.m.) and redshirt junior Harry Ellis (9:14 a.m.).
Three Seminoles will compete individually, including sophomore Corey Carlson (10:20 a.m.), freshman Jamie Li (10:31 a.m.) and freshman Greyson Porter (10:42 a.m.).
“It’s great for our guys,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said of being able to play at home. “We play at other courses all year long. The main reason you do this is to give our players an opportunity to play at home. They get a chance to play in front of their family, friends and great supporters here in Tallahassee.”
This year’s tournament marks the 41st Seminole Intercollegiate, which first began in the 1969-70 season. Historically, FSU has won the tournament 11 times. Last season, the Seminoles finished in second place at 12-under, while Auburn took home the title at 14-under. Hank Lebioda emerged as the individual champion in last year’s tournament.
The Seminole Intercollegiate includes three teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 50, including No. 24 Georgia Tech, No. 31 FSU and No. 32 Jacksonville. The tournament consists of 14 teams and 81 overall golfers, including George Mason, Illinois State, James Madison, Penn State, Southern Illinois, Troy, VCU, West Virginia, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky and Winthrop.
Ellis leads Florida State into this weekend’s tournament, shooting an average score of 71.61 while posting two Top-10 finishes this year. His six-under 65 at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate is FSU’s lowest single round of the year.
Jones believes that this home tournament can be used as a springboard for other players as well.
“We have a couple young guys in our lineup and we’re trying to solidify our lineup moving forward and see who is going to be in our five as we go to the postseason,” Jones said. “Jonathan Keppler is improving every single time he goes out there. Harry Ellis is improving as fast as any guy in college golf. We’re looking for someone out of the back to prove to me that they’re going to be there for us.”
Live scoring will be available all weekend on Golfstat.com.
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