DADE CITY, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida State men’s golf team posted a 4-under 284 Tuesday, March 5, to close out the USF Invitational. With a three-day total of a 1-under 863, the team finished in third place for its fifth top five showing of the season. The Seminoles finished two strokes behind second place South Carolina and three behind first place NC State at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club.
“Starting the day 12 shots behind we knew it was going to take a really good effort from our players,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Hank (Lebioda) put the team on his shoulders early on and gave us a chance to win with four holes to play. You come to tournaments to compete and win; in the game of golf you don’t get to win a lot. While we came up short, I am sure we learned from this experience and will use this the next time we play.”
Freshman Hank Lebioda posted his first collegiate top five finish after posting a tournament low round of 66 today. The Winter Springs, Fla., native finished the tournament fifth with a 4-under 212. Lebioda had a 5-under front nine Tuesday beginning the morning with four straight birdies and an eagle on hole No. 9.
“I felt really good out there,” said Lebioda. “One of the things Coach Jones and I have been working on is getting in the right mindset from the first tee shot. I was able to do that today and it definitely paid off.”
Sophomore Daniel Berger had his fourth top five finish of the season with a 5-under 211 today, good for a tie for second place. The Jupiter, Fla., native posted a 1-over 73 Tuesday. Senior Doug Letson finished the tournament with an even par 72 in a tie for 10th. With a 1-under 71 today, the Tampa, Fla., native posted his second top ten performance of the spring.
“Daniel had another good tournament,” continued Jones. “He had a chance to win late in the day. Doug played solid all week and earned another top ten finish. Hank continues to improve and had the low round of the tournament today.”
Senior Chase Seiffert had his best round today with a 2-over 75 to finish tied for 30th with a tournament total of 8-over 224. Freshman Rowin Caron posted a seven stroke improvement from yesterday with a 2-over 74. Caron finished the three-day event in a tie for 63rd with a 16-plus 232.
Freshman Collin Engelhardt finished tied for 68th as he played as an individual. He carded a 5-over 77 for a three day total of 18-over 234.
The Seminoles were part of a 17-team field with Cincinnati, DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina State, Rice, South Carolina, South Florida, Troy, Virginia and Wisconsin.