TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – With an entire field having to endure cold and windy conditions all day, Florida State Men’s Golf managed to stay toward the top of the leaderboard tied in third place at the Cabo Collegiate held at the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
Winds between 20-30 mph wreaked havoc all day on a course that is known as one of the tougher PGA TOUR venues.
“That was as difficult a day as I have coached in,” FSU Head Coach Trey Jones said. “What a great experience for our new guys to play in these conditions on a PGA TOUR course. I can’t remember playing in winds that never really got below 20 mph.”
Senior John Pak, who was named to the U.S. Walker Cup Team earlier in the day, proved why he remains one of the best collegiate golfers out there. Of the 88 golfers, Pak is one of four who shot under par at 1-under 71. He trails Oklahoma’s Patrick Welch, who is two shots ahead at 3-under.
Pak started with a 34 on the front nine, but ran into some difficult holes on the back end where he had a three-bogey stretch from holes 15-17. However, the Scotch Plains, N.J., native managed to finish the round on a high note when he stuck a birdie on the par-5, 550-yard 18th hole.
He shot 3-under on par 5 holes on Monday, tied for the lowest among all golfers.
Pak’s round has helped FSU to a 10-over (298) start in the tournament, sitting 11 shots back of first-place Oklahoma (-1), which was the only team to shoot under par. Texas A&M is second (+9) followed by Texas being tied with FSU for third.
Graduate transfer Vincent Norrman endured the conditions to shoot a 1-over 73. The Timuqana Collegiate champion sparked his day with two birdies and did not let any holes get away from him, carding three bogeys in a round where many golfers felt the difficulty of both the course and the weather.
“Our two seniors did what we needed them to do on this kind of day,” Jones added of Pak and Norrman.
Senior Connor Futrell, playing as an individual, is tied with Norrman for eighth place after carding a 1-over 73. The Tallahassee native posted three birdies in his round.
Redshirt sophomore Cole Anderson is tied for 33rd at 4-over, followed by freshmen Brett Roberts (T49th; +6) and Frederik Kjettrup (T74th; +9).
Florida State played the best among the field on par 3 holes (+1) and recorded the second-most birdies (14) on the day.
FSU returns for the second round beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday.