The Florida State men’s golf team has started to become synonymous with impressive finishes at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.
“Obviously really proud of the guys for a great start to the spring season,” FSU coach Trey Jones said. “Especially proud of it being a team effort. We had some gut checks by some young guys today that had some things happen that they bounced back from beautifully.”
The Seminoles entered the competition with consecutive tournament titles in Mobile, and the course once again proved favorable as junior All-American John Pak won another individual championship that helped Florida State secure their third straight tournament title in Mobile, Alabama.
Florida State held off a third-round push from red-hot Louisville and Illinois to finish first in Mobile at 28-under (278-281-277). Illinois placed second at just a stroke behind at 27-under, followed by Louisville (-26), UAB (-22) and first-day leader Texas State (-22).
“John Pak winning by six shows the quality of player he is,” Jones added. “He put the team on his back. Also Jamie Li shoots a bogey-free 68. These guys are showing the young guys the way. When you get 10-under from those guys and the other guys are learning … we’re getting better.”
Pak scored a 6-under on the final round to outshine Texas State’s Calvin Ross and Logan Lockwood. The performance followed up an impressive 9-under through the first two rounds. He finished with a tournament score of 15-under par that included a first-place tie in birdies, carding birdies on 17 out of his 54 holes and led the field with a 3.72 scoring average on the Par 4 holes.
This is Pak’s sixth career tournament title, sitting in second in program history behind only Nolan Henke’s eight career wins from 1983-87.
The All-American was not the only Seminole who impressed Tuesday.
Senior Jamie Li completed a final round of 4-under. The final round was highlighted by his exceptional play on the final back nine, where he carded three of his 13 birdies. The strong finish moved him up six spots from 14th to place to a tie for eighth.
The sophomore duo of Calvin Sierota and Alberto Martinez added strong invitational scores. Sierota scored a 3-under through three rounds, and Martinez followed with a 1-under on the final round. Florida State hopes these finishes are indications of progression and continued contribution that will prove to be important throughout the spring season.
Cole Anderson tied for 40th and rounded out the rest of the lineup with a 1-over par.
Florida State will continue its spring season as it plays host to the Seminole Intercollegiate on Feb. 22-23 held at the Golden Eagle Country Club.
FSU softball to host Florida A&M
In the 120th meeting between the two schools, No. 5 Florida State (5-0) and Florida A&M (0-4) will compete again on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field.
Wednesday’s game will also have additional significance, as the Seminoles will recognize FAMU head coach Veronica Wiggins as she will be retiring after the 2020 season. There will be an on-field ceremony prior to the game to celebrate Coach Wiggins and everything she has meant to Florida A&M and the game of softball.
Wiggins has been at the helm of Florida A&M since 1992 and has 771 career wins, 12 conference championships and nine NCAA appearances for the Rattlers. She has also served on the NCAA Rules Committee, as well as the NCAA Selection Committee, to continue to grow the game.
“Coach Wiggins, much like Coach Graf, has been a big part of softball, not just here in Tallahassee, but across the country as she gets involved with the NCAA and does so much,” said FSU coach Lonni Alameda. “It will be fun to honor her as she is retiring and to celebrate an outstanding career. I know when I got here she was proud of the friendly rivalry between our two schools, and how we have been able to compete against each other over the years. Coach Graf will come join us at ”
The FSU-FAMU matchup is the longest running series in Seminole softball history. The Noles and Rattlers have met 119 times, including at least one game per season dating back to 1984. Florida State holds a 112-7 advantage over its cross-town opponent. Since a 4-0 victory for Florida A&M in 2006, FSU has won 24 consecutive games in the matchup.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.