CABO DE SOL, MEXICO (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson shot a 2-under 69 in the opening round of the Cabo Collegiate in Cabo del Sol to guide the Florida State Men’s Golf team to a tie for fifth.
The Seminoles shot 2-under on the day, keeping pace with a field that includes 14 of the 15 teams ranked in the Top 50. FSU is just four strokes behind tournament tri-leaders Arizona, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Anderson is tied for eighth among the tournament’s 80 golfers. He shot six birdies on the day and carded a 32 on the back nine including a stretch of three birdies in four holes played on 13, 15 and 16. The native of Camden, Maine, birdied all four of the course’s par 5 holes. His 69 is the second round in the 60s of his young career.
Junior John Pak is tied for 15th with a 1-under 70, marking his eighth consecutive round under par. Collegiate golf’s second-ranked golfer according to Golfstat shook off a triple bogey on the opening No. 5 hole and shot a 32 on the back nine. He also had three consecutive birdies on holes 2-4 to finish his round in style.
Senior Jamie Li shot an even-par 71, which included four birdies. Despite a double bogey on the back-nine 14th, he joined the parade of Noles who played well on holes 10-18 by carding a 34.
Sophomore Alberto Martinez also gave FSU a good counting score with a 1-over 72. He finished the round with a birdie on the 137-yard, par-3 seventh hole to help the Noles move up the leaderboard.
Sophomore Calvin Sierota (+10) and freshman individual Fletcher Wunderlich (+13) are in 75th and 78th, respectively.
An 11 a.m. EST/ 9 a.m. MST shot-gun start will begin the second round on Monday. Live scoring can be tracked on Golfstat.com.