March 3, 2014
DADE CITY, Fla. – The Florida State men’s golf team played the second round of the USF Invitational on Monday fighting strong winds throughout the day. With three players in the top ten, the Seminoles sit in second place, nine strokes behind first place USF, at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.
“We got off to a good start and played right in the wind, but we didn’t keep it together and play 18 holes,” said assistant coach Matt Savage. “We’re going to have to get off to a good start again tomorrow but keep it going this time. The guys just need to play a full round of golf and do what they are supposed to do.”
The team had a strong start with a 3-under through three holes. The team made a few too many bogeys but saved the front nine with three players getting a birdie on nine. After the turn, the team had another hot streak with a combined 5-under through holes 10 and 12 before bogeys started returning to the scorecards. The team finished with a 4-under 284 and is currently 17-under for the tournament.
Playing the best round for the team Monday was redshirt freshman Cristobal Del Solar as he made no bogeys and four birdies to finish with a 4-under 68. He is tied for fourth in the individual standings with a two-day total of 136. He is five strokes behind first place Brian Campbell of Illinois.
Sophomore Hank Lebioda turned in a 2-under 70 after making a remarkable eagle on the long hole 11. His second shot landed a couple feet from the hole for him to make his putt. He is tied for ninth with a 4-under 140.
Jack Maguire is currently tied for sixth place after shooting a 1-over 73. After a 65 in the first round, the freshman struggled with a double bogey on six after his ball landed on the cart path. Maguire toughed it out and finished his back nine with a 1-under to stay in the top ten.
Sophomore Rowin Caron is tied for 36th with a 1-over 145. He was playing well with a 1-under par through the first 15 holes until he stumbled on the 16th and ended up with a double bogey. He finished the day 1-over.
Freshman Harry Ellis made a three stroke improvement from Sunday with a 3-over 75. He started the day with birdies on holes two and three. Playing as an individual, senior Joaquin Lolas is tied for 20th after an even par 72.
The team tees off from the first hole at 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
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