LOS CABOS, Mexico (Seminoles.com) – Senior Bennett Baker got things heated up for No. 27 Florida State Men’s Golf on Monday, firing a 5-under 66 in the second round of the Cabo Collegiate at Querencia.
The Tallahassee native and Chiles High School product helped elevate the Seminoles’ play at the difficult course in Mexico, with FSU shooting a 10-under 274 on Monday. FSU has moved up to fifth at 3-over, while top-ranked Oklahoma State leads the field at 22-under.
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The Seminoles shot 23 strokes less than their first-round performance of 297. For Baker, his 5-under 66 tied his lowest single round in college, which also occurred with a 66 at Olympia Fields in 2015 as well as at the Gary Kochs Invitational in 2018.
Baker recorded five birdies, 13 pars and no bogeys. He is now tied for 26th at 1-over and moved up 30 spots in the leaderboard, the biggest mover of any of the 74 golfers competing.
Two other Seminoles ended their second rounds in the 60s, as junior Jamie Li recorded a 2-under 69 while senior Corey Carlson also added a 69. Li battled back from a double bogey on the par-5 fourth hole to finish with two birdies in his last three holes played. Li is tied for 22nd at even par.
Carlson began the round on the 12th hole, and despite some up and down showings on the back nine, he caught fire with a 32 on the front nine that included four birdies.
Sophomore John Pak continues to be the FSU leader in the clubhouse at 2-under overall, tied for 14th and one of just 21 golfers shooting under par overall. Pak shot a 1-under 70 on Monday.
Outside of the four counting scores, freshman Calvin Sierota collected a 4-over 75, while individual player Parker Reddig improved with a 5-over 76.
FSU will conclude its trip to Mexico on Tuesday with a 10 a.m. shot-gun start.