The FSU men’s golf team will be hosting the 44th Seminole Intercollegiate Golf Tournament this weekend at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee. The Seminoles, currently ranked 46th in the men’s golf rankings, will compete against some of the best teams in golf to take home the trophy from its signature golf event.
Seven of the 14 teams participating this weekend are ranked among the top 50 programs in golf this season.
No. 17 Washington is the highest ranked team in the field. The other teams in the field that rank inside the top 50: East Tennessee State (24th), North Florida (26th), Liberty (29th), West Virginia (47th) and James Madison (49th). Kent State, South Alabama, Troy, Chattanooga, Southern Illinois, Jacksonville and North Alabama round out the field for this weekend.
FSU is off to a hot start this spring. The Seminoles won the team championship at the Mobile (Ala.) Sports Authority Intercollegiate tournament. It’s the third year in a row that FSU has taken home the hardware in Mobile. Junior All-American John Pak took home the individual title from Mobile. It was his sixth individual title of his career, which ranks second in school history behind Nolan Henke’s eight individual titles.
Pak is ranked as the ninth best golfer at the collegiate level by Golfstat and was recently named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List. The Hogan Award is given out annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period from June to May.
FSU men’s golf coach Trey Jones is excited for his team to play in front of its only home audience of the season.
“It’s great,” said Jones of playing in Tallahassee. “We travel a lot, as you know. There are several reasons that you do this. To give our guys the opportunity to play in front of their friends. Their families come in, it’s basically our homecoming, our parent’s weekend all in one. So it’s great to be able to do that. It’s a lot of work. We’ve got a great staff that’s helping give them that opportunity.”
The teams will participate in practice rounds today at Golden Eagle with tee times running from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. There is no cost for admission to either the practice round or the two rounds of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday all teams will tee off at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start and play 36 holes on the opening day of the tournament. Sunday each team will play 18 holes with fixed tee times, which will be determined by Saturday’s rounds. Saturday’s tee times (starting hole assignments) will be announced on Friday afternoon.
If you cannot get out to see the tournament in-person you can follow the leaderboard on you phone, tablet or computer by going to Golfstat.com.