MOBILE, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team caught fire once again, this time getting off to a fast start through two rounds at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate. FSU is 23-under through two rounds of play, leading second-place Louisville by five strokes.
Sophomore John Pak capped his day by recording a 9-under 63 in the second round, scorching the course with nine birdies. In his first round, he shot a 2-under 70 as he enters Tuesday with a four-shot lead at 11-under.
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“It was another great effort by our golf team today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “Playing the back nine without a single bogey from the counting scores shows a testament to their shorts games, course management and execution. Shooting 17-under (in the second round) is something we’ll certainly enjoy.”
Pak’s 63 in the second round is tied for the fourth-lowest single-round score in program history. His 62 in the opening round of this past fall’s Rod Myers Invitational is tied for the second lowest, only surpassed by a 61 by golf alum Carl DiCesare in the final round of the Buckhaults Golf Tournament on March 17, 1967.
“I chipped in on the first hole for birdie and kind of road that wave,” Pak said of his big second round. “I made a few long putts and took advantage of my wedges today.”
The 17-under 271 by the Seminoles in the second round ties for the seventh-lowest team single-round score in program history, as they also recorded a 271 in the final round of last week’s Sea Best Invitational.
Freshman Calvin Sierota impressed once again on Monday, and is tied for sixth at 5-under (70-69). Senior Corey Carlson (4-under) rounds out three Seminoles in the Top 10 as he is tied for ninth.
Junior Jamie Li is tied for 30th at even par, while Parker Reddig (2-over as an individual), Bennett Baker (5-over) and Alberto Martinez (6-over) round out the rest of the Seminoles.
Through two rounds of action, Florida State leads the field in par 3 scoring (2.90) and par 5 scoring (4.70). FSU’s 41 collective birdies also lead all teams.
After Florida State and Louisville, the rest of the Top five includes Western Kentucky in third (13-under), South Alabama in fourth (10-under) and Texas State in fifth (3-under).
“We’re going to have a good day of golf tomorrow against a very good Louisville team,” Jones added. “It’s supposed to be a lot of rain and a muddy golf course, so we can’t get too excited about a great round. But it sure is fun to see their execution and being rewarded for what they’re doing.”
The final round begins on Tuesday with a 9 a.m. start.