TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team begins another season with a Top 25 target on its back, checking in at 18th in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Preseason Poll released on Friday afternoon. Despite losing two All-Americans in Hank Lebioda and Rowin Caron, as well as another All-American following last fall in Jack Maguire, FSU comes back with plenty of promise. Redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar enjoyed his best season as a Seminole in 2015-16, earning All-ACC and all-region honors.
The Seminoles return three of their five participants at last year’s NCAA Tournament in Eugene, Ore. Senior Josh Lee looks to ride the momentum of his late-season run, where his final-round 69 at the NCAA Kohler Regional helped the Seminoles to another berth in the NCAA Championship. Lee also finished first among FSU’s group of five in Oregon, shooting 4-over (72-74-69) over the three rounds.
Sophomore Corey Carlson got some much-needed experience in his first season, shooting an average score of 72.78 in 18 rounds. The native of Green Cove Springs, Fla., proved to be consistent in his play, only scoring above 75 just once in his 18 rounds.
Head coach Trey Jones begins his 14th season with FSU, continually helping the program reach new heights. The Seminoles have made five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, which is the longest active streak in the ACC. The streak makes FSU one of just seven Division I schools to reach the Championship in the last five years.
The ACC has five teams in the preseason Top 25 – Clemson (13), Wake Forest (14), FSU, Virginia (21) and Duke (23). The five squads from the conference is tied for the second-most, joining the Pac-12. The SEC leads all conferences with nine teams.
All three of FSU’s tournaments in the fall are hosted by preseason Top 25 teams. The season-opening Rod Myers Invitational on Sept. 10-11 is hosted by No. 23 Duke, followed by the Olympia Fields Invitational (Sept. 16-18; hosted by No. 3 Illinois) and the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate (Oct. 3-4; hosted by No. 16 Alabama).
The schedule falls in line with FSU’s tradition of playing in competitive tournaments under Jones. Last year, FSU’s strength of schedule was third nationally and first for much of the season.
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