September 9, 2017 - by
Men’s Golf Holds 12-Shot Lead

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – The Florida State Men’s Golf team got its fall season off on the right foot, shooting 9-under through the first two rounds of the Doc Gimmler Invitational at Bethpage Red in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Saturday.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler ignited FSU’s big start, shooting 5-under (66-69) to sit in second place among the 78 individual participants. The Marietta, Ga., native totaled six birdies as part of his first-round 66, then tacked on three more in his second-round 69.

Freshman John Pak, making his FSU debut, is tied for third at 4-under (69-67). The Scotch Plains, N.J., native birdied his final three holes in his first round to spark a quality day on the course.

Behind Florida State is Connecticut (+3), Loyola-Maryland (+4), Harvard (+6) and Johnson & Wales (+8) in the Top five.

FSU’s 34 total birdies leads the field, as well as its 4.08 scoring average on par 4s. Junior Bennett Baker, who is seventh at 1-under (68-71), is tied for the lead among all golfers shooting 4-under on par 5 holes.

Sophomore Jake Carter (+4) is tied for 28th, while fellow sophomore Greyson Porter (+7) is tied for 38th.

FSU looks to wrap up a tournament title on Sunday at 9:40 a.m. with Porter leading off. Carter (9:50 a.m.), Keppler (10 a.m.), Pak (10:10 a.m.) and Baker (10:20 a.m.) follow off the tee.

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