September 17, 2017 - by
Men’s Golf Places Sixth at Olympia Fields

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – In one of the nation’s top collegiate tournaments, 20th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf finished sixth at the OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational held at Olympia Fields on Sunday afternoon.

“A lot of positives this week,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “John (Pak) is a special player and a great addition to our team. You come to Florida State to not only play in events like Olympia Fields but to compete to win. We learned this team has a big upside and a lot to work on.”

FSU finished 14-over (282-288-284), bettering itself by four strokes in its final round compared to its second round on Saturday. Texas A&M won the tournament and was the only team to finish under par at 3-under.

Pak carded his sixth consecutive round at par or less, shooting a 2-under 68 on Sunday in his final round. Pak also finished at 2-under overall (70-70-68) to place eighth overall. For the three-day tournament, the Scotch Plains, N.J., native finished 5-under on par 5 holes, tying Stanford’s Brandon Wu and Oklahoma State’s Matthew Wolff for the lowest par 5 score in the field.

In his six rounds played at FSU, Pak has finished under par in four of them and at even par twice.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis played a flawless round on Sunday, posting FSU’s best single-round score at the tournament with a 3-under 67. Ellis’ 18 holes on Sunday included three birdies on par-4 holes and 15 pars. Ellis tied for 18th and finished 3-over for the tournament (74-72-67).

Junior Bennett Baker got himself a Top 20 finish after tying for 20th at 4-over (68-73-73). Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for 39th at 6-over (70-73-76) and sophomore Greyson Porter tied for 76th at 26-over (81-78-77).

The Seminoles take a two-week hiatus from tournament competition before playing their third fall tournament at Erin Hills on Oct. 1-3 at the Marquette Intercollegiate. The course is the same site of Seminole Brook Koepka’s 2017 U.S. Open victory.

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