Toledo, OH - The Florida State men’s golf team opened the fall season by playing two rounds at the Inverness Intercollegiate at the historic Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The Seminoles sit at third place out of ten teams while senior Chase Seiffert currently leads the team to sit in a tie for seventh place.
Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) shot a 2-over 73 in the first round that included three birdies in the front nine. After playing the course through once, he improved on his score with 13 pars and three birdies en route to a second round 1-under 70 total. He carded a 1-over 143 on the first day of action.
“Chase came out and played a good second round after a little bit of a slow start in the first round,” head coach Trey Jones said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out and scored a good third round tomorrow.”
Perhaps the most improved Seminole of the day was senior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.). After shooting a 5-over 76 with only one birdie in the first round, he came back out to card an impressive 2-under 69 by making six birdies and eight pars. At the end of the day he jumped up the scoreboard and sits in a tie for 14th with a 3-over 146.
“We talk to our players all the time about getting better as the day goes on,” continued Jones. “Doug and Chase are older guys and came out of the second round to lead us. There is really no reason why they shouldn’t have scored what they did.”
Freshmen Collin Engelhardt (Orlando, Fla.) and Hank Lebioda (Winter Springs, Fla.) made their debuts for the Seminoles Monday and both had a strong first round. Engelhardt had 12 pars and birdies on holes two, eight and 12 en route to an even par 71 round one total. Despite a double bogey on the eighth hole Engelhardt still shot a 4-over 75 for the second round. He is in a tie for 18th with a 4-over 146 36 hole total.
Lebioda also had a successful first round. He shot three consecutive birdies on holes No. 10, 11 and 12 while shooting 11 pars. He ended the first round 1-over 72 total. In the second round, he carded 14 pars but a triple bogey on 14 dropped him back. He finished the day in a tie for 24th with a 5-over 147.
“I saw some good things from Collin and Hank and it showed why we recruited them,” finished Jones. “I like where their potential can be. They’re not too far away. I don’t like where the team is at right now but I like where the team is going to be later on this season.”
Wrapping up the squad at Inverness was Bjorn Hellgren (Vasteras, Sweden) whose highlight of the day came in the second round when he shot an eagle on hole No. 13. The junior carded a 7-over 149 on the day.
The Inverness Intercollegiate is a two-day tournament playing a total of 54 holes, 36 on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Inverness Club is a 71 par, 7,255 yard course that was founded in 1903. The prestigious course has hosted four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, two U.S. Senior Opens, one U.S. Amateur and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Former Seminole Paul Azinger won the PGA Championship on the course in 1993.
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