September 14, 2017 - by
Men’s Golf Travels to Olympia Fields

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 20th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team prepares for the challenging OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational held Sept. 15-17 at famed Olympia Fields Country Club, the site of the 1928 and 2003 United States Open.

The Seminoles make their 11th consecutive appearance in the tournament, playing at Olympia Fields in every year since 2007. In 2015, current junior Bennett Baker made his FSU debut at the tournament and helped the Seminoles to a first-place finish, tying for ninth with a 1-over 211.

FSU hopes to continue its winning ways after dominating the season-opening Doc Gimmler Invitational last weekend at Bethpage Red in Farmingdale, N.Y. Freshman John Pak had a startling debut, placing second at 9-under. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for third at 4-under, and Baker tied for 10th at even-par.

Redshirt senior All-American Harry Ellis returns to the FSU lineup after missing the team’s first tournament due to his participation in the Walker Cup. Ellis has enjoyed a busy offseason, from winning the British Amateur Championship, playing in the Arnold Palmer Cup, participating in The Open Championship and playing last week’s tournament.

Ellis still has scheduled events later in the season, qualifying for The Masters (April 5-8, 2018) and the U.S. Open (June 14-17, Shinnecock Hills) as an amateur.

Joining Ellis this weekend will be Pak, Keppler, Baker and sophomore Greyson Porter. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. ET on Friday, with Porter teeing off first. He is followed by Baker (9:09 a.m.), Keppler (9:18 a.m.), Pak (9:27 a.m.) and Ellis (9:36 a.m.).

The tournament routinely features some of the best teams in collegiate golf. Competing teams in the Top 25 of the current Bushnell Golfweek Division I Coaches Poll include Baylor (4), Alabama (19), Illinois (5), UNLV (12), Oklahoma State (1), Southern California (8), Stanford (14), Texas (6) and Texas A&M (16).

Live stats for the tournament will be available on golfstats.com.

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