October 3, 2017 - by
Ellis Nabs First Tournament Title at Erin Hills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt senior Harry Ellis delivered his first collegiate tournament title on Tuesday afternoon, sharing the Marquette Intercollegiate championship with Marquette’s Austin Kendziorski as both golfers finished 3-under at Erin Hills.

Ellis (75-66-72) shot even-par on Tuesday to boost the Seminoles, which finished fourth overall at 23-over (301-287-299). He used two birdies to his advantage on the back nine, which included a frantic finish where he birdied the par-4, 481-yard 17th but bogeyed the long par-5, 675-yard 18th.

However, Kendziorski had an opportunity to win the tournament outright as he had three holes remaining as Ellis finished play. The Marquette golfer parred the 16th, bogeyed the 17th but birdied the 18th to create the tie.

For Ellis, Tuesday’s co-championship is another milestone for the England native who has enjoyed a phenomenal year-long run. And it adds to the recent Florida State Men’s Golf lore at Erin Hills, which was dominated by Seminole Brooks Koepka 3 ½ months ago as he picked up his first major title.

“I am proud of Harry for taking another significant step in his golf career,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “You don’t always get what you think you deserve in golf but Harry deserved this win. He played through a very painful neck injury all day and still performed at a very high level. He continues to lead by example in every way.”

Ellis’ 66 on Monday was the lowest single round of any golfer at this year’s Marquette Intercollegiate. Since 1994, Ellis is the 17th different Seminole to win at least one collegiate tournament in his career. He navigated the difficult winds that brought higher scores across the board on Tuesday, as Texas A&M took home the tournament crown finishing 2-over.

Fourteen of the 15 teams shot above par in the final round, as UCLA (second: +13), Marquette (+15), FSU and Michigan State (+30) round out the Top five.

Sophomore Jamie Li impressed in his first outing of the year, tying for 16th at 5-over after shooting a 1-under 71 in his final round. Li totaled three birdies and used a fast-starting 33 on the front nine, which includes three birdies on holes 3 (476-yard par 4), 5 (505-yard par 4) and 7 (607-yard par 5).

Freshman John Pak tied for 34th at 11-over, shooting a 5-over 77 in his final day. Sophomore Jake Carter went 15-over for his final score, shooting a 79 on Tuesday.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler tied for 70th at 20-over, and junior Bennett Baker continued his play as an individual and tied for 75th (+22).

Florida State returns for its final tournament of the fall at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Championship held Oct. 20-22 in Alpharetta, Ga. Georgia Tech will play host to the tournament.

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