February 12, 2018 - by
Men’s Golf Owns 13-Shot Lead in Spring Opener


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Just like the opener to its most recent fall season, the Florida State Men’s Golf team has started its spring in fine fashion. FSU is 17-under through one completed round at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, holding a 13-shot lead.

“I’m really proud of the team today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “There were some external challenges early on with the weather, but they stayed patient and executed well throughout the day.”

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis (-7) and sophomore Jamie Li (-7) are tied for first at Magnolia Grove Crossings Course. Ellis carded a 3-under 69 in the first round, then was superb on the front nine in round two when he shot a 32. He was 12 holes through his second round before play was suspended.

Ellis had four consecutive holes under par on the front nine in his second round, which included his sixth career eagle on the 540-yard, par-5 fourth hole. His first-round 69 was his 17th career round in the 60s, including his 16th since the start of his redshirt junior season.

Li recorded a career-low 68 in the first round in Mobile, which involved five birdies to his aid. The native of Bath, England, then carded four consecutive birdies on the front nine of the second round. He has two holes remaining in his second round, which is currently at 62.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler is tied for seventh at 2-under, shooting an even-par 72 in the first round. With three holes left in his second round, he has shot a 59 with four birdies.

Freshman John Pak is 1-under overall and tied for ninth, while sophomore Jake Carter is 4-over and tied for 35th.

Behind Florida State is tournament host South Alabama in second place (-4), followed by Western Kentucky (-2), Notre Dame (+6) and Central Arkansas (+6) in the Top 5.

“I felt our preparation was good and it’s gratifying to see it applied on the road,” Jones added.

In the separate USA Individual Tournament, also played at the same course, FSU’s Parker Reddig is in first with a 1-under 70 through the first round. Sophomore Greyson Porter (+1) is tied for fourth and junior Bennett Baker (+2) is tied for sixth.

Play will resume on Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT with the completion of the second round, followed by the final round.

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