TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A dominant performance on Tuesday resulted in a decisive victory for Florida State Men’s Golf, shooting 30-under (280-278-276) to cruise to a 16-shot win at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Alabama.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis (69-67-69) tied for first with teammate and sophomore Jamie Li (68-69-68), earning his second co-championship while Li wins his first. Both student-athletes are natives of England, with Ellis being from Southampton and Li from Bath.
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“Obviously when you win you are proud, but I am more proud of the guys’ preparation and maturity they are developing,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “This week we competed with one freshman, three sophomores and a senior. There is no substitute for confidence and I like where we are now compared to where we were in October.”
Ellis proved once again why he is one of the top amateurs in NCAA Golf, totaling 12 birdies in his three rounds of play. After finishing his second round with a 67 on Tuesday morning, he followed with mistake-free golf in the final round, totaling three birdies and 15 pars.
“Harry is the perfect team captain,” Jones added. “He leads by example every day. He is vocal when the need requires and he shows how to win every week.”
Li set career milestones on Tuesday, shooting a career-low 205 and also posted a pair of 68s in the first and final rounds, another personal milestone. Li’s 14 total birdies throughout the tournament tied for the most among all golfers, and he cumulatively shot a 1-under on the par-3 holes.
“Jamie Li not only showed himself how good he can be, but how good he is already,” Jones said.
For Jones, it was his 22nd tournament win as he continues to extend his record for wins by an FSU men’s golf coach.
Two other Seminoles finished in the Top 10, as Jonathan Keppler (72-69-71) shot a 4-under 212 to tie for sixth. Talented freshman John Pak (71-74-68) carded a 3-under 213, his fourth Top 10 finish in five tournaments played at Florida State as he placed in a tie for eighth.
Tournament host South Alabama ended 16 shots back at 14-under for second place, followed by Western Kentucky (-6), Illinois State (+3) and Kennesaw State (+6) in the Top 5.
FSU combined to out-shoot all 15 opponents in par 3 (+1), par 4 (-8) and par 5 (-18) scoring.
The Seminoles’ next tournament will be one in which they host. On Feb. 24-25, Florida State will compete in the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club on the North side of Tallahassee
The tournament field also includes Jacksonville, James Madison, Troy, Illinois State, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Winthrop, Western Carolina, Nicholls State, Kansas State, Cincinnati and Arkansas State.
USA Individual Tournament
Florida State had others put together fine performances in the simultaneous USA Individual Tournament held at Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Course in Mobile.
Junior Bennett Baker earned an individual title by finishing at 4-under (73-67-69) 209. He ended his final round with an eagle on the par-5, 552-yard 18th hole. Baker finished first among a 40-individual field.
Sophomore Greyson Porter (72-73-67) tied for second with a 4-under 212, while freshman Parker Reddig (70-71-72) made an impressive debut with an even-par 213 to tie for fourth.