TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s Golf graduates Jamie Li and Greyson Porter have announced they each will return to the Seminoles, utilizing the NCAA waiver that allows for spring student-athletes to return for an additional season of competition.
Due to COVID-19, the two seniors nearly had their careers cut short until the NCAA Division I Council announced it would allow schools to grant spring student-athletes an extension of their period of eligibility.
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“The decision was pretty simple,” Li said of returning for a fifth year. “It was almost a no-brainer, especially given all the insides to the professional game at the moment. Being part of this program for the last four years has been the best decision I’ve ever made.”
“This has definitely been one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Porter added. “Having the opportunity to come back to Florida State and play for the golf team is a very rare opportunity and I’m definitely not going to pass on it.”
Both athletes have proven themselves as exceptional leaders and will provide critical experience to a loaded squad in 2020-21. In the shortened 2019-20 season, Li shot a 70.39 which ranks as the fifth-lowest in a year by a Seminole. He was rewarded with a 2020 PING Honorable Mention All-America honor.
Last year, Li shot a career-low -0.78 vs. par and totaled three Top-10 finishes. In every year, the Bath, England, native has improved his scoring average, setting up what could be a tremendous final year.
A multi-year captain, Porter is ready to put his best foot forward in his final season. Hobbled by an injury in 2019-20, the Clearwater, Fla., native has also steadily improved his stroke average, shooting a 73.10 in his last full year in 2018-19.
Porter owns a Top-2 finish in his career, tying for second at the USA Individual Tournament in the spring 2018.
“My biggest thing is what an opportunity our underclassmen have to be around two great leaders,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “It’s unprecedented to have freshmen coming in and being able to play with players who have been around for four years. For Jamie and Greyson, their love for the program and what they’ve been through and having a new appreciation for what they have is a win-win situation.”