SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – No. 11 Florida State Men’s Golf was guided by the strong play of redshirt junior Cole Anderson in Friday’s opening round at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. The Camden, Maine, native recorded a career low 65 (5-under) to help the Seminoles to a fifth-place start (10-under) at the Mirabel Club.
“Cole Anderson is another player who has had a really nice summer and has been looking forward to this season,” FSU Head Coach Trey Jones said. “To lead the team with a 65 in round one…I’m looking forward to seeing how Cole backs that up. He keeps getting better and better.”
Target practice for @coleagolf today 🏹
He fires a career low 65 and is currently tied for sixth thru round 1 of the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
— FSU Golf (@FSUGolf) September 9, 2022
Sophomore Michael Mays was also a factor in the first round of the fall season, shooting a 3-under 67 while junior All-American Brett Roberts also shot the same score.
“I’m really proud of Michael Mays today for shooting 67,” Jones said. “He’s playing well and has worked really hard on his game over the summer. He told me he would come back in the fall a different player and it looks like a lot of his hard work is paying off.
“Brett did what Brett does. He played another solid round today with a 67. This is where I think we will see Brett really step up and contend for these golf tournaments down the stretch. Today was a good start for him to be able to do that.”
The Seminoles are 12 strokes behind tournament leader Auburn (22-under) with two rounds to play. Oregon (12-under) is in second place followed by Washington (11-under), Tennessee (11-under) and FSU.
Anderson went bogey free in the opening round while recording five birdies. He had a strong stretch of three straight holes with birdies on holes 15-17, with two being par 4 holes and another a par 5. Anderson is tied for seventh on a day where several players went low, punctuated by Auburn’s Ryan Eshleman who leads the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at 10-under.
Freshman Jack Bigham is in contention at the Maui Jim Individual played at Desert Mountain, carding a 5-under 67 in his Seminole debut. Bigham is tied for fifth in the individual tournament.
Sophomore Patrick McCann is tied for 13th in the individual tournament at 2-under (70), while junior Gray Albright is tied for 19th with an even par 72.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys come out tomorrow. I thought today would be the tougher day for them just getting the season started,” Jones said.
Of Florida State’s eight golfers on Friday, five finished under par in the desert golf conditions of Scottsdale.
At the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, Mays begins the second round for the Seminoles on Saturday at 12:40 p.m. ET. At the individual tournament, Albright starts play for FSU at 11 a.m. ET.
Coverage of the Maui Jim Intercollegiate is available once again on Golfstat.com along with updates on the Florida State Golf Twitter Account.