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Florida State head coach Trey Jones solely wanted one phrase to sum up his workforce’s return to competitors: “Lastly.”
That sentiment was doubtless shared by the opposite 9 ACC applications who teed off Sunday within the first spherical of the Camp Creek Seminole Invitational, which marked the primary aggressive spherical for these colleges in over 300 days after the COVID-19 pandemic not solely worn out the tip of final season but additionally your complete fall portion of this marketing campaign.
“You need to’ve seen the joy of those 60 gamers once they bought right here,” mentioned Jones, who hosted the 54-hole spring opener at Camp Creek Golf Membership in Watersound, Florida. “You simply see them bouncing as much as the driving vary the place their baggage are virtually bouncing off their backs.”
Two days later, Jones’ Seminoles had been nonetheless bouncing. Florida State shot 22 below over three days to share the workforce victory with Wake Forest earlier than taking down the Demon Deacons in a two-hole playoff for the correct to take dwelling the trophies.
“That’s was nearly as good of golf as I’ve ever seen since I’ve coached,” mentioned Jones, now in his 18th season, who adopted the threesome of John Pak, Brett Roberts and Connor Futrell throughout Tuesday’s last spherical. That trio mixed to shoot 10 below and gasoline a closing 278, the spherical of the day, for the Seminoles.
For the event, all 5 Florida State starters completed inside the highest 10, together with Futrell, a switch from Troy who closed in 5-under 67 to tie for third, and the dynamic duo of Pak and Vincent Norrman, one other switch, who every tied for seventh.
Jones referred to as it the most effective regular-season wins in his time at Florida State. This may occasionally simply be certainly one of his finest groups. Sure, the likes of Jonas Blixt, Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger have led the Seminoles to eight NCAA Championship appearances (and a finest end of third in 2008), however Jones is happy about his newest bunch and the prospects of his workforce each qualifying for the NCAA Championship for the primary time since 2017 and being a reputable risk once they get there.
Pak, the No. 1 participant within the PGA Tour U rankings, is a Haskins Award contender and certain two-time Walker Cupper come this Might. Norrman was the top-ranked participant in Division II final yr at Georgia Southwestern and received this spring’s first qualifier by two pictures over Pak. Futrell, whose uncle, Mike Futrell, performed baseball at Florida State, was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and returns dwelling after cracking the highest 100 in Golfstat a season in the past.
“He’s as powerful a man as I’ve seen,” Jones mentioned of Futrell. “Putts to make each putt. Not afraid of something or anyone. He’s a man you need in your workforce. Went 54 holes with him and he couldn’t have impressed me any greater than he did.”
Roberts, who was T-9, arrives as a much-heralded freshman and Junior Presidents Cupper. Fifth-year senior Grayson Porter had performed greater than 4 occasions simply as soon as in 4 earlier seasons with the Seminoles, together with simply two final yr, however his T-9 end is a optimistic signal. And you then add to the combo Cole Anderson, who tied for 15th as a person, and senior Jamie Li, who led Florida State in three occasions final season, and there’s a wealth of expertise at Jones’ disposal.
“This can be a completely different workforce,” Jones mentioned. “There’s a toughness to this workforce.”
Jones hosts a radio present referred to as “Past the Ideas” on Wednesday evening’s on SiriusXM, and he incessantly asks present Tour execs what they miss most about faculty. The response is at all times the identical: Profitable as a workforce.
“Whenever you win together with your buddies, it’s simply one thing that you simply always remember, and I informed the workforce that right now,” Jones mentioned. “That is the best factor about faculty golf. Don’t take into consideration our subsequent event, don’t take into consideration something you might’ve performed higher. Simply get pleasure from this. Profitable is difficult in golf and also you’ve earned it.”
They received’t have lengthy to get pleasure from it, although. Florida State’s subsequent occasion is in simply 5 days, on the Timuquana Collegiate in Jacksonville, Florida.
‘Bridging’ the hole
Discuss choosing up the place one left off.
Clemson junior Jacob Bridgeman took dwelling medalist honors Tuesday at Camp Creek, taking pictures 15 below and profitable by 5 pictures. It was his second straight faculty win, as he additionally received the Palmetto Intercollegiate final March earlier than the season was canceled.
Bridgeman’s efficiency led Clemson to a third-place end, simply three pictures again of Florida State and Wake Forest, whereas additionally almost setting a few program information. Bridgeman’s 15-under complete tied for second finest at school historical past, behind solely Bryson Nimmer’s 17 below at Clemson’s dwelling occasion throughout the 2018-19 season. His five-shot victory additionally tied for the second-largest margin of victory by a Clemson participant, only a shot shy of Doc Redman’s six-shot triumph at The Jackrabbit throughout the 2016-17 season.
And we’re off!
Are you prepared for a full slate of males’s faculty golf?
Whereas the ladies don’t get totally underway till later this month on the UCF Problem, there are a slew of males’s occasions that start Monday.
The spotlight is the Southwestern Invitational, which can be broadcast stay on Golf Channel on Monday-Wednesday. Host Pepperdine is the defending champion, although they may get a problem from Arizona State, which is contemporary off a one-point victory over Arizona within the Copper Cup, a twin match that was held earlier this week in Arizona. SMU (led by All-People Mac Meissner and Noah Goodwin), USC (with new coach J.T. Higgins) and Georgia Tech (sans Andy Ogletree, Ty Strafaci and Luke Schniederjans, who’ve all moved on) are among the many different groups within the subject at North Ranch Nation Membership in Westlake Village, California.
Arizona will host its annual Arizona Intercollegiate on Monday-Tuesday at Sewailo Golf Membership in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats, led by the senior duo of Trevor Werbylo and David Laskin, can be joined within the subject by Washington, Oregon State and Wake Forest, amongst others.
Timuquana Nation Membership, a Donald Ross gem, will host its first ever faculty occasion on Monday-Tuesday. The sector for that event consists of Oklahoma State (final fall’s champ at Maridoe), Florida (and its new toy, USC switch Yuxin Lin) and Florida State.