DUBLIN, Ohio (Seminoles.com) – It all came down to junior Jamie Li. And with each pressure-filled swing, the native of England did not disappoint.
Li and Ohio State’s Kevin Stone were the final match remaining with Florida State and Ohio State tied 2-2-1 at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational held at Muirfield Village Golf Club. But Li, who also won his match on Monday against Georgia’s Will Chandler, calmly sank a par putt on the par-4, 412-yard ninth hole to win 1UP in the match.
Li was the only Seminole to win both his matches against Georgia and Ohio State, going 2-0 at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. He went 2UP in the match with five holes remaining, then gave back a point when he bogeyed the par-5 seventh hole. However, he recorded par on each of the last two holes, including a par-3 eighth hole, to give the Seminoles the crucial point.
Also winning matches for the Seminoles on Tuesday were senior Corey Carlson (2&1) and freshman Calvin Sierota (6&5). On the seventh hole, Carlson recorded a par while Ohio State’s Daniel Wetterich had a bogey to go up by two with two holes left. A closing par putt on the eighth closed out the match.
Sierota dominated his match against Grant Engle, winning with five holes remaining when he recorded a par on the par-3, 200-yard fourth hole.
Freshman Alberto Martinez also played a big role in helping Florida State win the match. After being down one hole with two remaining, Martinez birded the eighth hole to send the match to all square. He then put together a par putt on his final hole to match opponent Caleb Ramirez.
Florida State plays its final tournament of the fall from Oct. 19-21 at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga.
Brooks Koepka Named PGA TOUR Player of the Year
Florida State golfer Brooks Koepka (2008-12) earned the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, announced by the tour on Tuesday morning. The award was not much of a surprise considering he won both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship this past year.
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Koepka, who is from West Palm Beach, finished ninth in the FedEx Playoffs. His award was voted on PGA TOUR players who played in at least 15 FedEx events.
“Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the PGA TOUR, and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships and a top-10 finish in the FedEx Cup,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season.”
Koepka becomes the first Seminole to win the award. Three years ago, Seminole Daniel Berger (2011-13) was named the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.