TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A major championship course like Olympia Fields Country Club put its golfers to the test in the first round of the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational on Friday. No. 11 Florida State Men’s Golf shot a 9-over 289 in tying for eighth place out of 15 schools.
Only three schools shot under par in the opening round, including tournament leader Stanford (10-under), host Illinois (9-under) and Florida (3-under).
The Seminoles were led by the scoring of junior trio Cole Anderson (2-over), Frederik Kjettrup (2-over) and Brett Roberts (2-over). All three veterans are tied for 30th in one of the nation’s most competitive collegiate golf fields.
Birdie chances were of immense difficulty on Friday, but Anderson’s round was highlighted by consecutive birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, both par 4s. Roberts added two birdies to his round, while Kjettrup recorded three including his first hole on the 10th where he buried the par-4, 444-yarder under par.
Freshman Luke Clanton is tied for 43rd after carding a 3-over in his first round. He took advantage of the two par 5 holes offered on the course, recording a birdie on each. His 2-under par 5 scoring is tied for the lowest of any golfer so far.
Fellow freshman Jack Bigham is tied for 61st at 6-over. Bigham will begin FSU’s tee times in Saturday’s second round when he goes off at 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT.
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