GASTONIA, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – A bounce-back effort aided the 17th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team to a good finish to the day at the Gary Koch Invitational at Gaston Country Club. FSU shot 11-under collectively in the second round to move up four spots to third place on Monday afternoon.
Junior Bennett Baker shot a season-low 66 in the second round, sitting at 5-under overall and tied for sixth with one round left to play on Tuesday. The Tallahassee native seized control of his second round with seven birdies, including three straight on holes 17, 18 and 1.
Baker’s 66 matches the score he produced in his FSU debut as a freshman in 2015 in the first round of the Fighting Illini/Olympia Fields Invitational. He helped the Seminoles shave 18 strokes from their first-round 295 (+7) by going lower with a 277 (-11).
“I’m not sure why we came out slow but making 10 birdies in the first round showed a lack of execution,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We talk about getting better as the day goes on and we certainly did that. I am proud of the way we competed and look forward to another challenge tomorrow.”
Sophomore Jamie Li is tied for 10th after shooting 4-under through two rounds (72-68). His second-round 68 marks the seventh time this year he has shot in the 60s, generating five birdies to just one bogey, which came on his second hole of the day at the par-3 11th. Li finished the day reaching par on eight straight holes before recording a birdie on the par-4 ninth, a 436-yard hole.
Sophomore Jake Carter was sharp at 2-over (75-71), recording an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole that is 511 yards long. Junior Corey Carlson made his debut this year and shot 3-over, tying for 37th.
Individually, sophomore Greyson Porter is tied for 31st at 2-over. He also recorded an eagle, but at the par-5 13th hole that is 532 yards.
No. 11 Auburn has a sizeable lead at 27-under, while tournament host and 28th-ranked Kentucky is second at 21-under.