May 12, 2019 - by
Men’s Golf Begins NCAA Play Monday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – The fifth-seeded Florida State Men’s Golf team begins play at the most crucial point of the season, beginning its NCAA post-season at the Coastal Carolina regional at TPC Myrtle Beach on Monday.

The three-round regional in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be played Monday-Wednesday, with the Seminoles being one of 14 teams at the site. The Top five finishers earn a spot in the NCAA Championship, which is held May 24-29 in Fayetteville, Ark., at The Blessings Golf Club.

The regional appearance will be FSU’s 14th straight dating back to the 2006 NCAA post-season. Included in its Myrtle Beach regional is No. 1 seed Wake Forest (third overall), No. 2 California, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 Illinois, No. 6 UNLV, No. 7 Oregon, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 11 Cal State Fullerton, No. 12 Middle Tennessee, No. 13 VCU and No. 14 Robert Morris.

The Seminoles tee off from the 10th hole on Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by staggered times of 9:41, 9:52, 10:03 and 10:14. Traveling for Florida State are seniors Bennett Baker and Corey Carlson, junior Jamie Li, sophomore John Pak and freshman Calvin Sierota.

Tee times were pushed back an hour and a half as of Sunday night.

A Top-five finish would be Florida State’s seventh NCAA Championship appearance in the last eight years.

Among the competing teams in Myrtle Beach, nine are ranked in the Golfstat Top 50: Wake Forest (3), California (10), Texas Tech (15), Illinois (23), Florida State (27), UNLV (34), Oregon (39), Ohio State (46) and Northwestern (50).

Pak will look to get some big performances and help his squad advance to the final 30. Pak was recently named to the All-ACC Team on Wednesday, becoming just the second Seminole to earn conference honors in each of his first two seasons.

Li’s 72.10 scoring average ranks second on the team, as he is coming off a tied for 27th finish at the ACC Championship. Baker and Carlson hope to once again use their NCAA post-season experience to aid the Seminoles, while Sierota looks to get his NCAA resume off to a good start.

Live scoring will be available as always on GOLF Channel will deliver expanded coverage of the final day of the NCAA men’s regional championships on Wednesday, May 15. Coverage will feature updates throughout the day that will be published to GOLF Channel Digital and through GOLF Channel social media handles, concluding with live news segments announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the women’s and men’s national championships.

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