TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com)— Battling inclement weather that led to an early hour-long rain delay, the No. 30 Florida State Men’s Golf team battled back to finish second in the Seminole Intercollegiate at the Golden Eagle Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida.
After entering the final round in sixth place and at one-under par, the Seminoles shot an 11-under 277 to catapult themselves into a second place finish, just one stroke behind No. 5 Wake Forest.
Florida State was led by the duo of sophomore John Pak and junior Jamie Li, who finished fifth and tied for sixth, respectively.
Pak led the way for the Noles as he shot a five-under par 211 throughout the two-day event. On the final day of competition, Pak finished with three birdies on the front nine, elevating him from a tie for sixth to a fifth place finish as competition came to a close.
After Li shot a three-over 75 in the first round, he would battle back to shoot consecutive three-under 69’s in the final two rounds to jump from a tie for 23rd to a tie for sixth place finish. On the final day, he shot a tournament-best five birdies, including four on the front nine.
Li finished with a three-under 213, good enough for a tie for sixth place.
Corey Carlson placed in a tie for 12th (-2, 214), Parker Redding earned a tie for 22nd finish as he shot as an individual (E, 216), Calvin Sierota finished in a tie for 27th place (+1, 217), Jonathan Keppler tied for 27th as an individual (+1, 217) and Bennett Baker finished tied for 53rd (+9, 225)
Florida State has begun spring competition in fine fashion. After winning the Sea Best Invitational (840, E; Feb.4-5) and the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate (553, -23; Feb. 11-12), the 2nd place finish in the Seminole Intercollegiate gives the Noles their third top-two finish in as many spring events.
Florida State returns to action next weekend, where they travel to Los Cabos, Mexico to compete in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
Last season, the Seminoles finished ninth in the event, where Pak placed in a tie for seventh after shooting at two-under par for the event and a round-best 67 on the second day.