February 19, 2017 - by
Men’s Golf Places Fifth at Gator Invite

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team recorded its best round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday, shooting a 2-over 282 to finish fifth in the tournament held at Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar shot even-par for the entire tournament, shooting 70 on Sunday to tie for fourth overall. It is the third Top-5 finish of Del Solar’s career, including his second of the year after tying for second at the Rod Myers Invitational in the fall 2016.

Sunday’s final round was an adventurous one for Del Solar, who totaled seven birdies along with a triple bogey, a double bogey and two bogeys. The experienced Seminole was third among all individuals with 14 total birdies in the tournament.

Through five tournaments since the fall, the native of Chile has an average score of 70.40 and already has five rounds in the 60s.

Florida State shot 20-over (288-290-282) for the tournament, including a low score of 2-over on Sunday. Redshirt junior Harry Ellis had the best score of the final round for FSU, shooting a 1-under 69. The Southampton, England, native and team captain recorded his second consecutive sub-70 round for the Seminoles and finished tied for 12th at 4-over.

Men’s Golf Places Fifth at Gator Invite

Ellis’ finish is the second-best of his career, only supplanted by his fifth-place finish at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate this fall. He recorded three birdies and just two bogeys in his final round and matches Del Solar with five sub-70 rounds since the fall.

Senior Josh Lee tied for 39th at 9-over (74-72-73). Fellow senior Anthony Alex had his best round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational with an even-par 70 and tied for 58th overall at 12-over. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler shot a 3-over 73 on Sunday and matched Alex with a 12-over score.

Freshman Jamie Li, who played individually, also recorded his best round at 5-over 75. He shot 20-over (78-77-75) over three rounds.

FSU has finished in the top five of 54 of its last 77 tournaments played, equivalent to 70.1 percent.

Arkansas won the tournament shooting 5-over (845). Missouri and Jacksonville tied for second at 12-over, followed by Florida (+13) and FSU (+20).

The Seminoles return with the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico, from Feb. 26-28. It will be FSU’s eighth trip to Mexico, including its third consecutive to the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. In 2015, FSU won the tournament.

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