April 18, 2019 - by
Noles Tied for Second at ACC Championship


NEW LONDON, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – The 25th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team strung together two solid rounds to put itself in contention at one of the most competitive conference tournaments in the country in the ACC Championship.

The Seminoles shot 13-under (278-285) to sit in second place at Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Tournament leader and eighth-ranked Georgia Tech (-30) leads by 17 strokes entering Saturday’s final round.

Florida State is tied with No. 9 Duke and Virginia for second place.

The updated ACC Championship schedule includes no play on Friday due to forecasted inclement weather in the New London area. Saturday’s final round will begin at 8:30 a.m., with coverage on ACC Network Extra beginning as scheduled at 1 p.m.

“I’m really proud of the guys for the way we came out today and competed,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We talked about doing the small things – getting the ball up and down, recovering from bad shots, and they did exactly that. All day long, they gave us everything they had.

“John (Pak) and Jamie (Li) had great days, but it was truly a team effort today. Looking forward to Saturday to see if we can get ourselves back into the tournament.”

Pak carded a pair of 67s in each round and is second overall at 10-under. He has the second-most birdies in the field with 13, and is tied for the lowest par 3 scoring average at -3 (2.63) among all players.

Li is tied for 17th overall at 2-under (72-70), Florida State’s other golfer shooting under par. His second-round 70 included three consecutive birdies to begin the round on holes 10-12, and he finished his back-nine by shooting an even-par 36.

Florida State’s final hole of the day, the par-4, 452-yard ninth hole, gave it problems. Four of the five Seminoles bogeyed the final hole, losing a little momentum after Pak and Li birdied the previous eighth hole in the second round.

“Unfortunately, we had a couple big misses that cost us coming down the stretch,” Jones added. “But all in all, I’m really proud of them for coming out and competing in this ACC Championship against great teams. It shows how much better we are now than we were earlier in the year, and it shows the potential we have in front of us.”

Senior Bennett Baker had a good performance too. His second-round 73 was needed when FSU’s counting scores began to tail off on the back end. Baker nailed an eagle on a par 5 on hole 4 to help push FSU up the leaderboard. Baker is tied for 25th overall at even par, carding a 1-under 71 in the first round.

Carlson proved to be instrumental in helping Florida State get off to a good start in the opening round. He shot a 4-under 68 through the first 18 holes, starting out with a 33 on the back nine that included three birdies. Carlson had just one bogey in the round and was a crucial counting score to help the Seminoles stay atop the leaderboard early.

Pak sat in second place through the first round, leading FSU early with a 5-under 67, which was his 13th round in the 60s this year. Pak registered six birdies in his opening round, including consecutive ones on holes 7 and 8 to help end his round in style.

Freshman Calvin Sierota finished his two rounds at 6-over, currently tied for 53rd.

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