FSU men’s golf claims regional title

Three days of consistent golf on one of the most challenging courses for collegiate players led to a dominating win for Florida State.

Vincent Norrman, John Pak and Brett Roberts had top-5 finishes to lead the Florida State men’s golf team to the Tallahassee Regional title on Wednesday at the Seminole Legacy Golf Course. FSU finished at 35-under — 17 shots ahead of second-place Georgia (17-under) and third-place Georgia Tech (16-under).

This is the first regional win for the FSU men’s golf team, and it also follows the first regional win for the FSU women last week in Louisville.

FSU placed five golfers in the top 17. Norrman, Pak and Roberts each had two rounds in the 60s, while Cole Anderson had a 68 on Monday and Frederik Kjettrup had a closing-round 68.

“The four and five guys didn’t play like four and five guys this week,” FSU coach Trey Jones said.

While the Seminoles were facing the challenges of the course, Jones said he again sensed the competition within the team ramped up. That push helped as the Seminoles started with the lowest round of the event (271 on Monday) and finished with a 278 on Wednesday.

“That’s really ultimately what every coach here wants,” Jones said. “They want their players challenging each other every day. If you’re Brett Roberts and your goal is to beat John Pak, you better be focused throughout that day.”

Norman fired a final-round 69 to take third place at 9-under for the regional. Pak, who also had a 69 on Wednesday, was a shot back in fourth place at 8-under and led the field with 18 birdies in the three-round event. Roberts tied for fifth at 7-under.

Georgia’s Davis Thompson finished at 14-under to win the event at 67-67-68. Jacksonville’s Michael Sakano was in contention but shot a 70 on Wednesday to finish at 13-under.

FSU will now advance to NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz., next week. Also advancing are the rest of the top 5 teams from the regional, which includes Georgia, Georgia Tech, Liberty (15-under) and TCU (9-under).

The full leaderboard can be viewed on golfstat.com.