Senior Josh Lee came up big once again in NCAA postseason play, this time shooting a 4-under 67 to spark No. 24 Florida State Men’s Golf to a two-stroke lead through the first round of the NCAA Washington Regional on Monday afternoon.
Playing at a difficult course at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash., Lee continued his stint of NCAA postseason success with a strong showing on Monday. He totaled five birdies and bogeyed just one hole, sitting in second place overall in the individual leaderboard.
It was in last year’s NCAA Kohler Regional where Lee secured an important 3-under 69 in the final round to help FSU reach its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship. His play has helped FSU stay clear of a Top-5 finish by nine strokes.
Lee executed the most in his nine par 4 holes played, sitting second among all golfers at 3-under in par 4 scoring.
Top-ranked Southern California (-4) is in second place, followed by Alabama (-1), Kent State (+3) and Texas A&M (+3).
“We talked about getting all five guys in the round and we did that,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “This is a very hard golf course that requires execution and discipline. The seniors did what they needed to do today.”
Redshirt senior and All-ACC Team member Cristobal Del Solar is tied for sixth after shooting a 2-under 69. The native of Chile tied Lee for the team lead with five birdies, carding a 35 on the back nine and a 34 on the front.
It was Del Solar’s ninth round recorded in the 60s this year. In his nine tournaments played, including the NCAA Regional so far, he has posted at least one round in the 60s in seven of those tournaments played.
Sophomore Corey Carlson came up with a good first-round performance, shooting a second-round 69 that ties for his second-lowest of the year. The Green Cove Springs, Fla., native is tied for 10th individually, recording three birdies and two bogeys on the day.
Sophomore Bennett Baker is tied for 21st at 1-over, but the shot of the day came from his club. On a par-4, 475-yard 16th hole, he carded an eagle. Redshirt junior Harry Ellis came back from an off start by recording a 34 on the front nine after starting out at 39 on the back. He is tied for 27th at 2-over.
FSU tees off at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with Ellis beginning the round. He is succeeded by Baker (12:26 p.m.), Carlson (12:37 p.m.), Del Solar (12:48 p.m.) and Lee (12:59 p.m.).