OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The No. 17 Florida State men’s golf team is in second place at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational. The team turned in a 13-over 293 and is two strokes between first place Virginia Tech. Florida State tees off Saturday morning at 9:45 from the first hole.
“It would be hard to imagine a better challenge than what we saw today with temperatures in the low 50s, rain and playing on a U.S. Open course,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We need to go out tomorrow and enjoy this great opportunity.”
Sophomores Jack Maguire and Josh Lee are both tied for sixth place with a 2-over 72. Maguire started the day with three birdies on the front nine but had a double bogey on the ninth hole. Lee started the day with a birdie on the first hole and made two more to secure his place in the top ten.
“Josh drives the ball well and that is a must on a course where six of the 12 par 4’s are near 470 yards,” continued Jones. “Jack made some birdies early on that very few people were making. He made a few mistakes but regrouped coming in.”
Junior Rowin Caron shot a 3-over on the front nine with four bogeys but regrouped on the back to finish the day with a 3-over 73 as he sits tied for 14th.
“Rowin is a very good bad weather player,” said Jones. “He is struggling with his swing but today he did a good job mentally and showed me that he is maturing.”
Redshirt sophomore Cristobal Del Solar is tied for 33rd with a 6-over 76 while junior Hank Lebioda is tied for 52nd with an 8-over 78.
“Cristobal struggled off the tee but played the par threes at 2-under,” said Jones. “He is a great competitor and I look for him to play a more solid round tomorrow. This course does not let up and has no easy birdies. It was a difficult task for Hank to rebound after sitting at 6-over after four holes but I am proud of his effort.”
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OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational
Olympia Fields CC (Par 70, 7,290 yards)
Team Standings (18 holes)
1. Virginia Tech – 291 (+11)
2. Florida State – 293 (+13)
T3. Illinois – 294 (+14)
T3. Stanford – 294 (+14)
5. Oklahoma State – 295 (+15)
6. Baylor – 297 (+17)
7. Oklahoma – 299 (+19)
8. Alabama – 300 (+20)
9. Arkansas – 301 (+21)
10. Indiana – 303 (+23)
T11. Michigan – 304 (+24)
T11. Colorado – 304 (+24)
T11. Texas A&M – 304 (+24)
14. Texas – 308 (+28)
15. Connecticut – 309 (+29)
Florida State Players
T6. Jack Maguire – 72 (+2)
T6. Josh Lee – 72 (+2)
T14. Rowin Caron – 73 (+3)
T33. Cristobal Del Solar – 76 (+6)
T52. Hank Lebioda – 78 (+8)