TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team slugged its way through the first round of the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational on Friday, joining 12 of the 14 teams who shot over par for the day as it sits in 12th place at 13-over.
Olympia Fields, which has hosted numerous prestigious events including U.S. Opens and PGA Championships, reared its ugly head as only California (-7) and Oklahoma State (-7) were able to shoot under par on the afternoon. Senior Corey Carlson and juniors Jamie Li and Jake Carter had respectable performances, all tying for 31st at 3-over.
Sophomore John Pak finished at 4-over and is tied for 49th, while junior Greyson Porter is 5-over and tied for 58th.
Carter started off well on the front nine, shooting an even 35 which included a birdie on the long 472-yard par 4 at the ninth hole. Despite bogeying three of his final four holes, Carter had a good performance.
Carter registered 13 pars, which is tied for the seventh-most among all players.
Li got stronger on the back nine after shooting a front-nine 37. One of the highlights of his round included a birdie on the par-4, 450-yard 14th hole. It was one of two birdies on the day for the England native.
Carlson continued a good start to his fall, leading the Seminoles with four birdies in the first round. After shooting a 38 on the front, he went three strokes lower with an even-par 35 on the back nine.
Carlson’s four birdies are tied for the sixth-most in the field.
Florida State tees off on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the back nine. Live scoring for all three rounds will be available on golfstat.com.