ORLANDO, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State men’s golf team made four birdies in the last two holes to overtake No. 12 Vanderbilt and win the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.
“This was arguably the best finish to a golf tournament I’ve ever watched,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We came out to win today, not to lose.”
The Seminoles had a 13-under 275 in the third round to finish with a 54-hole total of 827 (-37) and win their first tournament of the fall after back-to-back second place finishes. Vanderbilt finished two strokes behind with an 829 and No. 7 Texas Tech finished third with an 838.
“The guys have grown up a lot,” continued Jones. “This year we lost to Illinois and Alabama at their home courses but have been playing good enough to win. Vanderbilt played good enough to win but we played a little bit better.”
Thanks to five straight birdies between the eighth and 12th holes, sophomore Jack Maguire finished the tournament tied for third. Maguire helped the Seminoles pass Vanderbilt as he closed out the day with a pair of birdies on the 17th and 18th hole to finish the day at 4-under.
“Jack got off to a slow start and then turned around to make five birdies in a row,” continued Jones. “He made a bogey on 16 that he normally wouldn’t make but finished with birdies on 17 and 18, which is something that doesn’t happen at Lake Nona very often. He has gotten better this year and will continue to get better.”
Junior Rowin Caron also finished tied for third as he carded a 3-under 69 on Tuesday. He had three birdies on the last five holes including one on the 17th. Caron and Maguire ended the tournament with a 10-under 206.
“I’m really proud of the guys and how we played on the back nine under pressure,” said Caron. “I didn’t have my best game today but hung in there and managed to make some birdies coming in so I’m happy with the result. Now we are on to the next one.”
“What I’m most pleased about Rowin is he is learning to compete and not play in the past,” continued Jones. “He had a good round going early and then struggled in the middle. He then found a way to turn it back around with a bunch of birdies on the back nine.”
With a 5-under 67, junior Hank Lebioda became the third Seminole to lead a round at the Tavistock Collegiate. He made six birdies on the day with only one bogey to finish the tournament tied for 7th with a 207. In his last six rounds, Lebioda has shot five scores in the 60s.
Sophomore Josh Lee completed the tournament tied for 13th with a three day total of 211 (-5). He turned in a 1-under 71 on Tuesday with four birdies.
Returning to form was sophomore Anthony Alex as he shot an even par 72, a nine stroke improvement from the second round. While continuing to play injured, Alex finished the tournament tied for 46th with a 3-over 219.
Florida State closes out the fall season at the Old Corkscrew Intercollegiate in Estero, Fla. Check back to Seminoles.com for all your information on the golf team and follow the team at twitter.com/fsugolf.
2014 Tavistock Collegiate Invitational
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (Par 72, 7,200 yards)
Team Standings (54 holes)
1. Florida State – 827 (-37)
2. Vanderbilt – 829 (-35)
3. Texas Tech – 838 (-26)
4. Illinois – 841 (-23)
5. North Florida – 849 (-15)
6. California – 853 (-11)
7. Baylor – 856 (-8)
T8. UNLV – 857 (-7)
T8. New Mexico – 857 (-7)
10. GRU Augusta – 859 (-5)
11. Florida – 862 (-2)
12. UCF – 864 (E)
13. Arkansas – 871 (+7)
14. Georgia – 877 (+13)
15. Indiana – 882 (+18)