March 18, 2018 - by
Men’s Golf Tied for Fifth at Valspar

TALLAHASSEE, FLA ( – Freshman John Pak put together another quality round on Sunday afternoon, shooting a 2-under 69 as the 23rd-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team is tied for fifth through the first round at the Valspar Collegiate held at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.

The Seminoles collectively shot 2-over (286) at one of collegiate golf’s toughest tournaments which features 13 teams ranked in the top 37 by Golfstat. Top-ranked Oklahoma State (-7) leads the field, followed by second-ranked Texas A&M (-3), Wake Forest (-1), Baylor (even) and Duke (+2) and FSU (+2).

Pak is tied for sixth after his fine round, carding four birdies and just two bogeys on a difficult course. He set the tone for his day by opening the 10th hole with a birdie, a par-4, 401-yard hole. It was Pak’s 18th round this year played at par or better.

Two sophomores in Jake Carter and Jamie Li put together impressive scores at 1-over apiece. Carter had a steady showing with one birdie and two bogeys on the day. His lone sub-par hole was a birdie on the par-3 second hole, which was 211 yards out.

Li’s round was more eventful, getting three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He recorded back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes to help get his round going.

Redshirt senior Harry Ellis is tied for 36th at 2-over, while junior Bennett Baker is tied for 68th at 6-over.

A shot-gun start will begin the second round on Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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