NASSAU, BAHAMAS (Seminoles.com) – Sophomore Calvin Sierota’s 6-under 66 showing has helped give the Florida State Men’s Golf team the opening round lead at the White Sands Invitational held at the Ocean Club Golf Course in The Bahamas.
Sierota tied his career low for a single round on Friday as he registered seven birdies on the day, tying for the third most among the 84 competing golfers. The Seminoles shot their best round of the fall with a 13-under 275, and are currently leading second-place Houston by one stroke.
The Top 5 in the field include FSU (-13), Houston (-12), SMU (-10), Arkansas (-9) and Middle Tennessee State (-9).
Sierota is tied for second among all golfers, only trailing Wake Forest’s Parker Gillam who recorded a 12-under 60. Sierota, who is from Melbourne, Fla., recorded four birdies in a five-hole span from holes 2-6. He totaled three consecutive birdies on holes 4-6, which includes two par 4s and a par 5.
Sophomore Alberto Martinez shot his lowest round of his career with a 4-under 68, adding five birdies to FSU’s total. Martinez minimized his mistakes with just one bogey, shooting a 33 on the front nine and a 35 on the back end. Martinez is tied for sixth in the tournament.
Junior John Pak also had a solid round, shooting a 2-under 70 that included three consecutive birdies on holes 4-6. His only blemish on the day was a double bogey on the 17th-hole, 306-yard par 4 when he carded a six.
Senior Jamie Li is tied for 29th at 1-under, while junior Parker Reddig is 2-over. Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson is playing as an individual and is 2-over as well.
A shot-gun start will begin play on Saturday once again, with all golfers teeing off at 8 a.m. ET.