TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team gets ready for its 12th consecutive NCAA Regional as it prepares for play on Monday morning at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash.
From May 15-17, the fourth-seeded Seminoles will play 54 holes of golf and hope to finish in the Top 5 in order to advance to the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Hill, Ill., beginning May 26.
If Florida State finishes in the Top 5 of its NCAA Regional, it will advance to its sixth consecutive final 30 NCAA Championship. FSU’s current run of five consecutive trips is the longest active streak in the ACC and tied for the sixth longest nationally.
FSU’s starting five includes All-ACC Team selections Cristobal Del Solar and Harry Ellis, as well as senior Josh Lee, sophomore Bennett Baker and sophomore Corey Carlson. Del Solar, Lee and Carlson each gained valuable experience in last year’s Kohler Regional in Wisconsin.
In last year’s NCAA Regional, Lee proved to be clutch for the Seminoles with some big holes down the stretch of his final round to help FSU secure a Top-5 finish. He tied for 12th along with Del Solar and FSU Alum Hank Lebioda to finish at 1-under.
Carlson will tee off at 11:20 a.m. ET/8:20 a.m. PT, followed by Baker (11:31 a.m. ET), Lee (11:42 a.m.), Ellis (11:53 a.m.) and Del Solar (12:04 p.m.). FSU will be operating on West Coast time in the Great Northwest.
The Seminoles take part in a challenging 14-team field that includes No. 1 seed USC, No. 2 Kent State, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 5 Washington. Also in the group is Alabama (6), San Diego State (7), UTEP (8), Penn State (9), Michigan (10), Michigan State (11), Seattle (12), Marquette (13) and Bryant (14).
FSU is a consensus Top 25 team, which includes a No. 24 ranking by Golfstat and the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.