TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A couple of young stud golfers in sophomore Jamie Li and freshman John Pak managed to overcome the difficult course at Querencia Golf Club and shoot a pair of sub-70 rounds to lead the 20th-ranked Seminoles to fifth place through two rounds.
Li is tied for fifth at 3-under after shooting an impressive 3-under 68 in Monday’s second round. The Bath, England, native has been surging through the 2017-18 year, already winning a co-title at the season-opening Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.
Li recorded five sub-par holes on Monday, including an eagle on the par-5, 539-yard 15th hole. He totaled four other birdies as well as three bogeys, moving up 10 spots today after starting the round tied for 15th.
Pak, a freshman from Scotch Plains, N.J., had the round of the day for the Seminoles with a 4-under 67. He is tied for seventh at 2-under overall, and took advantage of any opportunity given to him as he totaled seven birdies in his second round.
Pak is coming off a win at the Seminole Intercollegiate, and along with Li he is within shouting distance of leader Collin Morikawa (-9).
The Seminoles shot two strokes better on Monday and are 4-over as a team (287-285). No. 1 Oklahoma State leads the field at 10-under, while 13th-ranked California (-9) is second, followed by No. 29 Arizona State (-4), 15th-ranked Texas (+3) and FSU.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis matched his first round with another 1-over 72, highlighted by three birdies. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler improved with a 78 on Monday, while junior Bennett Baker shot an 82.
Tuesday’s final round features another shot-gun start, this time beginning at 10 a.m. ET/8 a.m. MT.