SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (Seminoles.com) – The 21st-seeded Florida State Men’s Golf team was satisfied with its first round of play at the NCAA Championships on Friday morning, shooting 1-over to tie for 14th at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
A 3-hour, 1-minute rain delay in the afternoon prevented every school from finishing the first round, and play was suspended due to darkness.
The afternoon field consisting of 15 teams, although not FSU, will resume its first round tomorrow and push back previously scheduled tee times.
“We got off to a good start,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We had five guys in the round all day long. On a hard golf course that’s what you’re going to need to have.”
Steady first rounds by redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar and sophomore Corey Carlson aided the Seminoles. In his 28th rounds played this season, Del Solar recorded his 15th round at par or better after ending the first day with a 1-under 71. Carlson also added a 71 on the day, his first under-par round in his brief NCAA Championships career.
Both student-athletes are tied for 24th individually. Although Vanderbilt leads the field at 8-under, FSU leads all ACC teams.
Del Solar’s first round was filled with 15 pars made, two birdies and one bogey. The Jack Nicklaus Award Semifinalist capitalized on two of his four par 5’s played, recording birdies on the second-hole, 562-yarder as well as the 11th-hole, 575-yard format. His 51st career round at par or better moves him past Jack Maguire for seventh in program history.
Carlson posted the shot of the day for the Seminoles, picking up his sixth career eagle on the par-5, 575-yard 11th hole. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native is tied for 12th with teammate Josh Lee and Torstein Nevestad (2005-07) in career eagles.
Carlson executed two birdies on the front nine, then used his back-nine eagle and birdie to even out three bogeys.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis used some late momentum to finish with an even-par 72. After the Arnold Palmer Cup selection shot an even 36 on the front nine, he bogeyed holes 11 and 14 on the back nine. However, he battled back to record two birdies on the par-4 15th and 17th holes to end the round respectably.
Lee shot a 3-over 75, finishing with a double bogey on the par-5 18th. The Orange Park, Fla., native tied with Del Solar and Carlson for the team high with three birdies, with two coming on par 5s. Del Solar, Lee and Bennett Baker each birdied the par-5 second hole while Ellis and Carlson made pars.
Baker finished with a 4-over 76, totaling a 41 on the back nine that included a triple bogey on the par-4, 17th hole. The Tallahassee native and Chiles High School product went through a stretch where he made par on 11 straights hole from 3-13.
“I know this is a hard enough golf course where we shoot one over par,” Jones added. “We played a better round than that but kind of messed up the last hole. If we go out the next two or three days and do about the same, we’re going to be right where we need to be.
“We want to get better as the week goes on. We can do that, but it’s easier said than done.”
Revised tee times for the second round of the NCAA Championships have not been determined yet. Be sure to keep up with the second round on Golfstat.com.