TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sophomore Florida State Men’s golfer Frederik Kjettrup carded an impressive opening-round 69 (-1) to lead the Seminoles on the first day at the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational.
Kjettrup, who came off a promising freshman season at FSU, is one of only seven golfers in the tournament who was able to go under par in the first round at a challenging course like Olympia Fields. There are 81 total golfers in the field.
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The native of Aabybro, Denmark, recorded his seventh round as a Seminole in the 60s. FSU is tied for ninth overall after shooting an 11-over 291. He is only one shot off the lead, which belongs to co-leaders Drew Salyers (-2) of Indiana and David Ford (-2) of North Carolina.
“I saw some encouraging things from our guys today,” FSU Head Coach Trey Jones said. “Freddy had a good summer and came back a better player. This place is tough and will expose any weakness you have. I am looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow.”
A hot stretch toward the end of his round brought Kjettrup up the leaderboard, recording three consecutive birdies on holes 15-17 before ending with a bogey on 18. The 18th hole, a long par-4, 496-yarder, proved to be the most difficult one among all golfers with an average score vs. par of +0.56.
Oklahoma State leads the field at +1, followed by North Carolina (+3) and Indiana (+3), Arizona State (+5), Purdue (+8), Texas (+8) and Florida (+8) in the Top 5.
Senior newcomer Dan Bradbury is tied for 32nd overall at 3-over, with two birdies highlighting his Seminole debut. Bradbury is a native of Wakefield, England, who was one of the nation’s top golfers at the Division II level out of Lincoln Memorial University.
Michael Sakane, a top-notch transfer from Jacksonville University, is tied for 43rd at 4-over, while redshirt sophomore Cole Anderson (+5) is tied for 51st and sophomore Brett Roberts (+7) is tied for 70th.
Roberts will look to get the Seminoles going on Saturday when he tees off at 9 a.m. ET.