Dade City, FL - It was a perfect day for golf as the No. 20 Florida State men’s golf team finished the first round of the USF Invitational tied for first. The Seminoles posted a 13-under 275 on Sunday at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club to tie with UNC-Greensboro.
“We were playing good coming into the tournament with a great practice round yesterday,” said head coach Trey Jones. “I just had a feeling yesterday and could see the guys were comfortable with what they were doing and it carried over today. We got off to a great start as a team, had a little lull in the middle, but we picked it up toward the end. The weather is so perfect out here that a lot of people are going to play well tomorrow so we’re going to have to come out here and do it again to give ourselves a chance to win Tuesday.”
Leading the team and tied for fourth is Jack Maguire who posted his best round of the year. The freshman started the morning with an eagle on two and birdie on three. He shot par the rest of the front nine and ended with a birdie on nine. Play started to get backed up after the turn, but Maguire kept focused on his game and shot four more birdies to conclude the day with a 7-under 65, two strokes out of first.
Before today, the best round Cristobal Del Solar had was a 72. The redshirt freshman bested that by four strokes as he finished the day with a 4-under 68 while sitting tied for eighth. He made a team best seven birdies today including two on the last three holes to give the team a boost to hold onto the lead.
Sophomore Hank Lebioda is tied for 17th with a 2-under 70. Sitting at 2-under after the turn, Lebioda had two bogeys to bump him back up to par. As the last Seminole to finish the day, the team watched on as Lebioda made birdies on 17 and 18 including a huge 23 foot putt on 18.
Rowin Caron had posted a bogey on the tough first hole but rebounded on the third to put him back at par. After his tee shot landed in a sand trap, the sophomore chipped his ball within 2 feet of the pin for a birdie. After a 1-under on the front nine, he shot even par on the back nine except for one bogey which put him at an even par 72 and tied for 37th.
Freshman Harry Ellis finished the day with a 6-over 78 while senior Joaquin Lolas, playing as an individual, sits tied for 17th after turning in a 2-under 70.
The team tees off from the first hole at 10:40 a.m. Monday.
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