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FSU men open at 17-under, lead by six in NCAA Regional

The No. 1-seeded Florida State men’s golf team, finished with a combined score of 17-under 271 at the newly renovated Seminole Legacy Golf Club in Tallahassee.

Four of the five players for the Seminoles shot 4-under 68 or better throughout the first round of play. This led to FSU recording its lowest aggregate score ever in a single round of NCAA play, as well as their lowest team score of the season.

“It was a great start for our team,” coach Trey Jones said about FSU’s performance during Monday’s round. “We’ve been really focused for the last two weeks and after coming off of a heartbreaking ACC (tournament loss) wondering how they were going to handle it. They’ve been business every single day and I think today was just a reflection of that the way that they came out.”

FSU leads the field of 14 teams in the Tallahassee Regional among teams such as No. 2-seed Georgia and conference foe Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are six strokes behind the Noles in second place at 11-under, while Liberty (-5) and Ohio State (-4) are closely behind them after the first round of play.

Senior John Pak recorded six birdies and an eagle to finish with an impressive round of 5-under 67. The All-American sits tied for second among all golfers on the leaderboard and is on pace to get his fifth top-three individual finish of the season.

Redshirt sophomore Cole Anderson had a strong performance as well, shooting 4-under 68 on the day. He made seven birdies, which is tied for the most birdies by a player in the first round, and his score of 4-under 68 was one stroke shy from tying his season-low single round score of 5-under 67 at the Camp Creek Seminole Invite back in January.

“My game has been coming around in a pretty good spot here for a little bit and I’ve been working hard at it,” Anderson said about his confidence going into the rest of the week. “There’s been some consistency issues before, but I feel like I’m in a good spot. This is great to reaffirm that the work I’m doing is the right work and that I’m heading in the right direction.”

Graduate transfer Vincent Norrman also scored a 4-under 68 and sits tied for fifth with Anderson on the leaderboard. He recorded four birdies and didn’t shoot worse than par on any hole in the first round.

Freshman Brett Roberts was the third Seminole in the tournament to put together a 4-under 68 score or better. His six birdies on the day helped him stick within the top five overall players with Pak, Anderson and Norrman.

Freshman Frederik Kjettrup shot par for 15 out of the 18 holes in Monday’s round and finished with a score of 1-over 73. He currently sits tied for 35th on the player’s leaderboard.

The Seminoles did most of their damage on par-4 holes, leading the field with the lowest average for those holes at 4-under. The Noles also lead in par-5 team average at 12-under and have recorded the most birdies with 24 through the first round.

“They’ve been ultra-focused for the last two weeks,” said Jones on this team staying sharp with the early lead. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. That doesn’t always guarantee success and we’re not done yet, but they sure aren’t against a lot right now.”

The Seminoles will tee off for the second round of the NCAA Men’s Regional at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Seminole Legacy Golf Club. Admission to the event is free to the general public and live scoring can be followed on Golfstat.com.

Below: Jones discusses Day 1 of the Regional with reporters. (Video by Jerry Kutz)