CABO DEL SOL, MEXICO (Seminoles.com) – Senior Jamie Li showcased his experienced game against the most competitive field in collegiate golf this season, shooting 5-under and tying for fourth at the Cabo Collegiate. It marks his fifth career top-five finish.
The Florida State Men’s Golf team dropped three spots over the final round to tie for seventh place. The Seminoles posted a 3-over 852 for the tournament, shooting 12-over in a final round where 13 of the field’s 15 teams finished over par.
Florida State established their place early on competing against some of the nation’s elite programs. The year’s loaded field included 14 out of 15 teams ranked in the Top 50. First place Arizona State (-20) dominated the course and controlled the team leaderboard throughout the final day. The rest of the top five included Texas A&M (-12), Vanderbilt (-10), Arizona (-5) and Baylor (-3).
Li added a safe even-par 71 third-round score. The third round was highlighted by an eagle on hole 6 and a birdie on 11. He led the field with three eagles over the three-day tournament. His ball-striking was consistent over the tournament, besting all other golfers with a 4.08 scoring average on the course’s Par 5 holes.
Junior John Pak finished tied for 29th (+2), ending his streak of nine consecutive rounds under par. He posted an impressive first two rounds, but faced adversity on Tuesday competing against many other talented golfers. However, the All-American displayed his polished repertoire with an impressive approach that led to a birdie on 16, coupled with two other birdies on holes 3 and 9.
Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson followed an impressive home tournament with another nice showing in Cabo. He tied for 42nd with a 5-over for the three-round event.
Sophomore Calvin Sierota concluded the tournament at 10-over, and had a good final round shooting a 1-over 72. The strong outing moved him up 13 spots to finish in a tie for 57th place. Sierota’s tournament was highlighted by an impressive second round, where he carded a 32 on the back nine that included three of his five birdies on the day. He helped himself out with three birdies on Tuesday.
Fellow sophomore Alberto Martinez shot a 16-over for the tournament, finishing in a tie for 71st. Freshman Fletcher Wunderlich competed as an individual and turned in a 3-over third-round card.
Florida State will travel to the Valspar Collegiate Invitational on March 16-17 held at the Floridian Club in Palm City, Florida. The tournament is hosted by the University of Houston. Live scoring of the tournament can be followed on GolfStat.com and all recaps of the rounds can be found on Seminoles.com.