TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A strong second round by the 18th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team leaves it in sole possession of third place through two rounds at the Rod Myers Invitational held at Duke University Golf Club. Florida State’s 4-under overall score includes some ground to make up in order to catch first-place Wake Forest (-18), which leads by 14 strokes. Liberty is second among the 14-team field at 6-under. Bolstering Florida State on Saturday afternoon were redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler and redshirt senior Cristobal Del Solar.
In his first official collegiate event, Keppler shot even-par in the opening round but carded a 68 in round two. Keppler has played particularly well on par-4 holes, averaging 3.90 (-2).
“We had a nice bounce back today from a poor finish to our first round,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “The second round of a 36-hole day shows me a lot about a player. Cristobal being our top returning player is leading by example. They are feeding off his competitive spirit. Jonathan Keppler played a very solid day. He has all the skills to be a great player.”
Keppler’s 4-under overall score has him tied for fourth individually. Del Solar continues to pick up where he left off, tying for fifth at 3-under. He shot a pair of 1-under 71s in each round, and leads all competitors with a 2-under score on par 3 holes.
Del Solar’s two rounds under par give him 38 for his career, moving into ninth on the FSU list.
Senior Josh Lee is even through two rounds, shooting a 73 (+1) in the first round and a 71 (-1) in round two. His highlight of the day came on the par-5, 493-yard ninth hole in the second round. Lee recorded one of FSU’s two eagles on the day, being joined by sophomore Corey Carlson’s eagle on the same hole.
Redshirt junior Harry Ellis shot 3-over on the day, finish well with an even-par second round where he birdied five of his first nine holes. Ellis is tied for 29th.
Carlson (+10) will look to finish strong in Sunday’s final round, while sophomore Bennett Baker is 7-over and playing unattached.
“This is a challenging golf course that requires excellent touch around the greens,” Jones added. “The greens are sloping and very fast. We had some big numbers today and didn’t play the par 5’s like I want. We will need to clean that up in order to win golf tournaments.”
Final-round tee times have not been established yet due to a late suspension in the second round on Saturday night. Play was suspended due to darkness with two golfers on the 18th green.
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