TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A third-place finish at this weekend’s Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Country Club signaled an encouraging start to the 2016-17 season for 18th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf. The Seminoles shot 6-under in their final round on Sunday, led by redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar’s 6-under 66. The Chile native’s impressive score is tied for his lowest single round of his career, also recording a 66 at the Gary Koch Invitational in 2015. For the tournament, he shot 9-under (70-71-66).
While FSU finished third overall at 10-under, Del Solar tied for second for his best finish of his career. It’s the second Top-5 finish of his career as he placed fourth at the 2014 USF Intercollegiate.
“Cristobal had a great day today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “It’s a tribute to him that he wasn’t comfortable with his golf swing early and made eight birdies today and finished runner up.”
In his final round, Del Solar had a run of five consecutive birdies from the fifth to ninth holes, which consisted of two par 4s, two par 5s and a par 3. His 32 on the front nine was complemented by his 34 on the back nine.
Wake Forest held on to win the 14-team tournament, shooting 23-under overall. Second-place Liberty shot 12-under for second place. Fellow ACC schools North Carolina (-6) and Duke (+2) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler had a memorable tournament debut, shooting 73 (+1) on Sunday and finishing 3-under (72-68-73) overall. The Marietta, Ga., native recorded a Top 10 finish, placing seventh in the field.
“Jonathan head three solid rounds and a top 10 finish. I believe we are going to see more of that in the future,” Jones added.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis had one of the best tournament performances of his career, shooting 1-over (75-72-70) to tie for 18th. He carded four birdies in his final round.
Senior Josh Lee tied for 27th at 4-over and finished his round with a 76, while sophomore Corey Carlson tied for 58th at 11-over. Fellow sophomore Bennett Baker golfed individually and also shot 11-over for the tournament.
“I am proud of the guys’ effort this week,” Jones said. “We had a lot of positives this week and several things were identified that we need to improve.”
FSU returns to the Olympia Fields Invitational next weekend at Olympia Fields Golf Club in Illinois. The Seminoles are the defending champions of the tournament, which routinely features one of the best fields in collegiate golf.
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