TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The sixth-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf team ends its near three-week hiatus as it heads to Kannapolis, N.C., to participate in the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Collegiate at the Club at Irish Creek. FSU tees off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. In what has become a tradition for the golf team, it travels to North Carolina in hopes of winning another tournament but also preparing itself for the types of courses played at the ACC Championship.
The conference tournament is held April 22-24 in New London, N.C.
“The pitching will be something that we familiarize ourselves with, and the speed of the greens will be quicker than what we are used to around here,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said of the Club at Irish Creek. “We’ll acclimate ourselves to see some of the teams that we’ll play in a few weeks. We’re going there to win, but there’s no accident where we’re headed.”
No. 14 Wake Forest and 24th-ranked North Carolina will also be part of the 16-team field that includes 90 competitors overall. The other members of the field include Akron, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Dartmouth, Davidson, East Carolina, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Mercer, North Florida, UNCG, UNCW and VCU.
Senior Rowin Caron is coming off a 10th-place finish at FSU’s last tournament in Palm City, Fla., which featured some of the best teams in the country. He shot a 2-over 215 at the Floridian Club and looks to continue his stretch of good play at this weekend’s tournament.
Competing for FSU at this weekend’s tournament will be Caron, senior Hank Lebioda, freshman Corey Carlson, redshirt junior Cristobal Del Solar and junior Josh Lee. Freshman Bennett Baker will compete individually.
“The lineup is getting close to being solidified,” Jones added. “There’s a couple people who have played the four, five and six positions that have done a good job and are starting to separate themselves. We would like them to continue that. We know the top part of our lineup is pretty good. What we need to see is the four, five and six guys showing they can win and compete in a golf tournament.”
FSU continues to rank among the nation’s best in par 4 scoring (4.09; seventh) as well as average score (72.13; 11th). Lebioda’s average score of 70.63 is tied for 18th-best nationally.
A shot-gun start will begin each round beginning Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (first) as well as Sunday at the same time.