OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (Seminoles.com) – Another solid performance from senior Jamie Li paced Florida State Men’s Golf on Friday. Li’s 2-under 68 helped FSU to a 2-over 282 showing as it sits in fourth place in the first round at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational held at Olympia Fields Country Club.
The Seminoles are only four shots off the lead from first-place Georgia Tech (-2). The Yellow Jackets were the only team to shoot under par in the first round, being trailed by second-place Pepperdine (even), Texas (+1), FSU and a fifth-place tie between Texas A&M, California and Baylor (+3).
Li continues riding a hot streak as he produced his third straight round in the 60s and his third round in the 60s in four rounds played this year. It was a back-nine 33 that sparked the England native, recording two back-nine birdies and nothing above par. His front nine began with a bogey on the first hole, but he bounced back with two more birdies.
Li is tied for second overall. Junior John Pak’s return boosted the Seminoles, as he shot an even-par 70 to tie for 13th. The highlight of his day was when he holed out an eagle on his approach on the fifth hole – a par 4, 417-yard hole. Three back-nine bogeys hurt Pak’s finish, but he is more than capable of coming back on Saturday and going lower.
Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson shot a 1-over 71 to tie for 21st, his second straight first-round showing that included a good performance. He birdied his first hole on the par-5, 580-yarder, and added another birdie on the sixth hole that was a par 3 from 187 yards out.
Senior Greyson Porter is tied for 47th at 3-over. Freshman Fletcher Wunderlich, playing as an individual, is tied for 56th at 4-over. Sophomore Calvin Sierota is tied for 73rd at 7-over.
Sierota begins FSU’s second round on Saturday as he tees off at 9:45 a.m. ET.