MOBILE, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Golf team has put itself in position to win its season-opening tournament at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.
.@johnnydpak went down route 66 in his opening round at Mobile.
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The Seminoles are in second place after carding a 17-under (278-281) through the first two rounds, trailing tournament leader Texas State (-23) by six strokes going into Tuesday’s final round. Junior John Pak paced FSU by shooting 9-under on the day (66-69), sitting in second place behind only Texas State’s Calvin Ross (-12).
“I’m proud of the way the young guys came out today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We obviously have two great players in Jamie Li and John Pak – they’re leaders of this team. But we have, from The Bahamas to here, seen some great progression from our younger players – from our sophomores to our freshmen.”
Pak recorded 11 birdies in his two rounds played, tying for the second-most in the field. The All-American has the lowest par 4 scoring average so far, averaging 3.75. Pak only had two bogeys in his 36 holes played as he seeks his sixth collegiate victory on Tuesday.
Senior Jamie Li is tied for 14th alongside sophomore Calvin Sierota as both golfers finished the day at 2-under. Li (71-70) added nine birdies while Sierota (69-72) carded seven. Sierota finished his day with a birdie on the par-3, 185-yard second hole.
A couple of youthful golfers enjoyed fine performances on Monday. Redshirt freshman Cole Anderson and freshman Fletcher Wunderlich each shot 2-under, with Anderson adding 11 birdies through two rounds. Wunderlich’s round, however, is not a counting score because he is playing as an individual.
“We like the progression they’re making and we look forward to seeing how they perform tomorrow,” Jones said of his younger players. “One of our goals is always to give ourselves a chance to win, and we’ll definitely have a chance to win the golf tournament tomorrow.”
Sophomore Alberto Martinez is tied for 75th (83-72) at 11-over.
The rest of the Top 5 includes 45th-ranked Illinois (-14), No. 43 UAB (-13) and No. 14 Louisville (-13). The Seminoles are looking to three-peat at the tournament, having won back-to-back years in 2018 and 2019.
“We led the field in birdies and that’s always a goal,” Jones added. “It shows we’re making putts and playing aggressively. Anytime you’re doing that you’re doing some good stuff. It shows the talent of the team. We played well on par 3s and par 5s in the second round.”