TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 2 Florida State Men’s Golf team is looking for a strong third round on Saturday as it sits at fourth through two rounds at the ACC Championship held at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
The Seminoles (-3) are one of only four programs under par through the first two rounds, but remain 18 shots out of first place behind tournament leader and 17th-ranked North Carolina (-21). In second place is No. 10 NC State (-12), followed by third-place and No. 4 Clemson (-9).
Stroke play continues in the third round, but tee times have been pushed up to begin at 7:30 a.m. due to inclement weather. Match play semifinals will then occur on Sunday, followed by the match play championship happening on Monday that will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
“We played a very difficult day today,” FSU Head Coach Trey Jones said. “We didn’t get a whole lot going. Didn’t seem to get into a rhythm one way or another, and it seemed like it was a fight all day long for our team. Credit to them for that. We hung in there when things weren’t going very well.
“Some of our seniors in Vincent (Norrman) and John (Pak) just carried the team in the second round right when we needed them to do it. But it’s a team effort and if we go out there and play like we should play, we beat everyone in the next round and advance on and have a chance to win this golf tournament.”
Pak, who is going for a school-record nine career tournament titles, is tied for seventh at 3-under (70-67). He carded four birdies in a second round that was much needed and only added one bogey. It was Pak’s 10th round this season in the 60s, and he has recorded at least one round in the 60s in all eight tournaments played this spring.
Norrman aided the Seminole effort with a 2-under (71-67) that leaves him tied for 11th through two rounds. Norrman added six birdies in his comeback second round, including an important stretch of back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes before bogeying the par-4 17th.
“I’m proud of Vincent and John for keeping us in it,” Jones said. “We’re going to need five scores tomorrow. We had five scores in the first round and only three in the second. We’re better than that. It’s going to be interesting to see this team come back and fight, because one thing we know is they will fight. No different than at Calusa Pines when we made a run and won that one. They’re going to come out and be ready tomorrow.”
Freshman Brett Roberts is also tied for 11th with a 2-under (67-71), starting FSU off well by shooting 3-under in the opening frame. Roberts has finished in the Top 11 in five of his seven tournaments played this spring.
Senior Connor Futrell (+4) is tied for 35th while freshman Frederik Kjettrup (+8) is tied for 50th.
NC State’s Benjamin Shipp leads the tournament at 8-under. But on a day that could include battling the weather elements, anything can happen in Saturday’s final round of stroke play.
“We’ll be playing in rain all day long and probably on and off the golf course most of the day, but everyone has to do the same thing and we’ll see how we handle it,” Jones added.