TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 12th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team begins its fall season on Friday as it competes at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois. The three-day tournament lasts Friday-Sunday with 18 holes each day.
The Seminoles compete in a difficult 15-team field that includes 10 ranked programs in the preseason Bushnell/Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll. The field includes Alabama (RV), Arizona (22), Arizona State (3), Baylor (RV), California (RV), Florida (T17), FSU (12), Illinois (10), Indiana, North Carolina (4), Oklahoma State (2), Pepperdine (1), Purdue, Stanford (15) and Texas (5).
Practice round and welcome dinner are finished at Olympia Fields. #Seminoles are ready for the first tournament of the year! First round begins tomorrow at 8:45am CT. #GoNoles pic.twitter.com/bRAF99jWnm
— FSU Golf (@FSUGolf) September 17, 2021
The club is home to several premier events, having played host to the U.S. Amateur (2015), two U.S. Opens (1928, 2003), two PGA Championships (1925, 1961), a U.S. Senior Open (1997), plus five Western Opens (1920, 1927, 1933, 1968, 1971) and the 2020 BMW Championship.
The Seminoles are looking to replace the talents of John Pak, Vincent Norrman, Jamie Li and others with a group that carries a lot of depth. FSU’s starting five includes redshirt sophomore Cole Anderson, sophomore Brett Roberts, senior Michael Sakane, senior Dan Bradbury and sophomore Frederik Kjettrup.
Roberts, Kjettrup and Anderson competed for the Seminoles last year, with Roberts emerging as a PING Honorable Mention All-American and Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman Team selection. Kjettrup and Anderson bring valuable experience for the Seminoles.
Our 5️⃣ is set for Olympia Fields.
Let’s play some golf. Friday needs to get here quick ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/btxXTsH1dW
— FSU Golf (@FSUGolf) September 14, 2021
Sakane and Bradbury are transfers from Jacksonville and Lincoln Memorial University, respectively. Both have become proven golfers at their previous universities and look to bring that success to FSU in 2021-22.
Anderson tees off first at 9:45 a.m. ET, followed by Roberts (9:54), Sakane (10:03), Bradbury (10:12) and Kjettrup (10:21).
Since 2008, the Seminoles have played in the tournament every year except for 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the fall season.
FSU is searching for its second win at Olympia Fields, earning the tournament title in 2016.
Follow all the action this weekend on Golfstat.com