TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – One tournament played. One victory made.
The Florida State Men’s Golf team won Sunday’s Doc Gimmler Invitational at Bethpage Red, garnering a 10-shot victory at 13-under while three Seminoles finished in the Top 10.
Freshman John Pak impressed in his FSU debut, finishing in second place at 9-under. The Scotch Plains, N.J., native ended his final round with a 5-under 65. Included in his low-scoring scorecard were five birdies. Pak finished only two strokes off the lead of Eoin Leonard from Yale, who shot 11-under.
Pak (69-67-65) got better as each round went on, playing at his best on tricky par 3 holes. On the shorter holes, Pak went 3-under in his three rounds played. His 15 total birdies at the Farmingdale, N.Y., course tied for the most among all individual participants.
So far Pak has backed up his high praise as a freshman, ranking seventh in the 2017 signing class by Golfweek with a Top 100 WAGR ranking.
Showing flashes of brilliance last year, redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler started his season well with a 4-under 206 (66-69-71) to tie for third overall. The Marietta, Ga., native shot a 33 on the front nine in his final round, and was one of four student-athletes in the tournament who shot under par on par 4 holes (1-under).
Junior Tallahassee native Bennett Baker backed up his improved season as a sophomore with a tied-for-10th finish (+1). The Chiles High School product birdied consecutive par 4s on the 13th and 14th holes to contribute to a final-round 71.
Sophomore Greyson Porter ended his tournament well with a 1-under 69, and shot 6-over for the three rounds to tie for 31st. Fellow sophomore Jake Carter tied for 37th at 8-over.
Florida State victory is the 21st under head coach Trey Jones, as the Seminoles have won 12 tournaments since the 2012-13 season. FSU travels to the Fighting Illini Invitational this upcoming week, playing at Olympia Fields from Sept. 15-17.