TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A high-level U.S. Open course at Erin Hills reared its ugly head on Sunday for all 15 teams at the Marquette Intercollegiate. For Florida State Men’s Golf, it is currently tied for ninth in the field at 13-over (301) through the first round.
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USF holds the lead at even-par (288), a sign of the course’s immense length and difficulty. Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler led the Seminoles with a 2-over 74, putting him in a tie for 22nd. The Marietta, Ga., native totaled three birdies, all on par-4 holes. Keppler shot 37 on both the front and back nine.
Redshirt senior Harry Ellis was one stroke off of Keppler, shooting a 3-over 75. The England native had four bogeys but did record a birdie on a par-3, 200-yard 16th hole. Ellis is tied for 28th.
Sophomore Jamie Li had a good debut with a 4-over 76, notching two birdies including one on the front and back ends. The Bath, England, native made his fifth career tournament appearance for the Seminoles.
Freshman John Pak broke his par or lower streak at sixth rounds, matching Li with a 76. Pak’s highlight came on his lone birdie at the 594-yard par-5 on the 14th. Pak and Li are each tied for 37th.
Sophomore Jake Carter is tied for 63rd with a 7-over 79, while junior Bennett Baker is tied for 78th at 9-over.
Baker, playing as an individual, tees off at 10 a.m. on Monday in the second round. Carter begins the team portion at 11:40 a.m.
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