NEW LONDON, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – Low scores are everywhere at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship, and the 20th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team is doing its best to keep up. Despite shooting 4-under collectively on Saturday, FSU fell three spots and is tied for eighth at 10-under (282-284) through two rounds at Old North State Club.
Conference leader and fifth-ranked Georgia Tech leads the field at 23-under, followed by No. 15 Clemson (-17) and Notre Dame (-17), No. 29 Duke (-14) and Virginia (-14), No. 18 North Carolina (-13), No. 27 Wake Forest (-12) and FSU (-10) along with 36th-ranked NC State (-10) are tied for eighth.
Virginia Tech (+2), Boston College (+2) and No. 45 Louisville (+4) round out the bottom.
“We have an opportunity to do something special tomorrow,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “I believe in them and they have the ability. We have made 40 birdies and are just 10-under. Obviously we have some stuff to clean up.”
Junior Bennett Baker continues to lead the Seminoles, sitting tied for eighth at 6-under after shooting a 70 in the second round. The Tallahassee native, who recorded a 68 in the opening round, was consistent with 35s on the front and back nine. He minimized his mistakes with just a pair of bogeys compared to four birdies.
Baker leads FSU with 10 birdies through the first two rounds.
Freshman John Pak had the round of the day for the Seminoles, recording a 3-under 69. Pak and junior Corey Carlson are each tied for 24th at 2-under. A solid back-nine performance for Pak where he recorded two birdies and no above-par holes aided his low score.
Carlson shot an even-par 72 on Saturday, battling back from consecutive bogeys to begin play and recording four birdies. Carlson took advantage of a few par 5 holes, including one on the 11th hole that was 558 yards in length.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis shot 1-over for the day and is tied for 32nd at even par. He was hurt on that par-5 11th hole, recording a double-bogey seven. But the senior leader recovered with a birdie on the next hole, a par-4, 361-yarder, and finished with another birdie on the par-5 18th.
Sophomore Jamie Li is tied for 32nd at even par.
Baker is six strokes behind ACC Championship leader Thomas Walsh of Virginia, who is 12-under overall.
Li tees off at 8:30 a.m. in Sunday’s final round, followed by Ellis (8:42 a.m.), Carlson (8:54 a.m.), Pak (9:06 a.m.) and Baker (9:18 a.m.).
Sunday’s final-round coverage can be seen on the ACC Network Extra from 1-3:30 p.m.