DADE CITY, Fla. – Starting nine strokes behind first place, the No. 20 Florida State men’s golf team dominated the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on Tuesday to win the team title at the USF Invitational. Freshman Jack Maguire engraved his name in the record books with a 10-under round to nab the individual medalist honors.
In order to win the team title, the Seminoles needed all of the team to play great golf and the team did just that to win by 10 strokes over South Florida. The team posted a 24-under 264 Tuesday to make their tournament showing a 41-under 823.
“We talked yesterday after we went down nine shots to USF,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We can’t control what USF did Monday and they can’t control what we did today, so you can’t play defensive golf. I can’t say enough about a 264, it’s just phenomenal golf. Our guys just went out there and played a good round and were fortunate enough to win. This will give our guys a huge confidence boost.”
Maguire’s 62 is a record low at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club and is the lowest round of golf in Florida State history. His three-day 16-under 200 is second in school history. Brooks Koepka carded a 199 at the Florida Atlantic Intercollegiate in 2012.
The St. Petersburg native shot an outstanding 65 in the first round but faltered in the second with a 73.
“I think Jack won the tournament yesterday on the back nine when he turned a 3-over par to a 1-over par,” said Jones. “It gave him a chance to do what he did today. That just shows his maturity right there.”
He got back on track by starting the day with a birdie on the second hole. After that point, he rolled through the front nine with three more birdies and an eagle on nine. After the turn, he shot another eagle on 11. Tied for the lead on the 18th hole, Maguire sunk a 30 foot putt to clinch his first collegiate win in front of his family and friends.
“I am more than happy with the way the team played today,” said Maguire. “It was a great feeling knowing that my team was out there doing their part so I could focus on mine today. It was an awesome experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome for the team and myself.”
Freshman Cristobal Del Solar had his best career finish by placing fourth with a 13-under 203. He posted a 67, which is also a personal best, Tuesday with seven birdies on the day.
Sophomore Rowin Caron also had a career day with a 6-under 66, his lowest round at Florida State. He drilled seven birdies Tuesday along with an eagle on the long 559 yard hole 11. With a tournament 5-under 211, he finished tied for 16th.
Sophomore Hank Lebioda also made seven birdies Tuesday and finished the day with a 3-under 69. His three-day total of a 7-under 209 put him tied for 11th.
Senior Joaquin Lolas played as an individual and finished the tournament tied for 31st after an even par 72 to finish the tournament. Freshman Harry Ellis continued to improve his play each day and finished Tuesday with an even par 72.
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