TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Junior Bennett Baker and sophomore Jamie Li recorded good first rounds on Sunday afternoon as 20th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf is tied for fifth at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo, Mexico.
Florida State shot a 3-over 287 on a difficult par-71 golf course. Only top-ranked Oklahoma State (-8) and No. 13 California (-3) shot under par in a 15-team field that includes 13 teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 50.
Also in front of Florida State through the first round are 29th-ranked Arizona State (+1) and 15th-ranked Texas (+2).
Things could have gone South for Baker when he triple-bogeyed the first hole, a par-4, 426-yard layout. The hole was Baker’s sixth of the day after starting on 14th. However, Baker battled back with four more birdies to close his round and totaled five on the day to shoot an even-par 71.
Li added four birdies to help combat a double bogey on the 13th hole – a par-4, 431-yard hole. Li attacked the front nine holes very well, shooting a 3-under 33 which included three birdies and six pars.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis is just behind with a 1-over 72, tying for 26th. He recorded three bogeys and two birdies, executing a par-3, 155-yard 14th hole for one stroke under.
Freshman John Pak kept things steady for the most part, getting a birdie on the same par-3 hole that Ellis took advantage of. Despite his double bogey on the fifth hole, Pak played it smart all day and generated 16 pars on an unforgiving course.
Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler’s non-counting score included an 85.
Collectively, Florida State shot two strokes better than the next closest team on par 3 holes, shooting even on the day.
A shot-gun start will begin Monday’s second round once again, with every team teeing off at 11 a.m. ET/9 a.m. MT.