Men’s Golf Tied 11th after the Opening Round in the NCAA

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – The No. 18 Florida State Men Golf Team had a solid performance in round one of the NCAA Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona at Grayhawk Golf Club. Combining an 11-over par 291, the Seminoles completed their 11th tied day.

Cole Anderson was the top scorer for the day, taking the team 1-under par 71.

The par 70 course proves how difficult the challenge is by not allowing a single team to shoot below par. Vanderbilt was the tournament team leader at +2, with the lowest paid individuals, Harry Hillier of Kansas and Brendan Valdes, taking a 2-under par 68.

Anderson played good golf after taking a 1-over par 71, taking three birdies for the day with two at the back to finish nine in one on one. His current placement at 15th due to his even incredible par play at par 3 and par 5, as well as a +1 play at par 4, puts him at the top of the statistical player rankings.

In four career rounds played in the NCAA Championship Final, a score of 71 on Friday was the lowest.

Anderson put up a good position for round two, beating his own score of 74 (+4) in round one of last year’s NCAA Championship at Grayhawk. He continues to be an important asset to the team with consistent play throughout the season.

Senior transfers Daniel Bradbury and Michael Sakane are each tied at 42nd place after taking two 3-over 73 pairs. Both are number 4 birdie dudes for the day, one-on-one rounds.

Sakane started from home-nine with a near-perfect slate until a bogey at No. 18, which seemed to be one of the toughest holes for the Seminoles. No. 18 costs the team a total of five strokes, with Anderson the only player to par.

Sophomore Frederik Kjettrup had an excellent nine home run, catching the opening birdie at No. on hole 2. He recovered well, taking even-par on the last seven holes. Kjettrup is now T62.

Kjettrups ’new year performance at the Championship proved to be a very important one after taking a four-day draw 71-75-69-71, helping the team advance to the match.

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Sophomore Brett Roberts took one of the highest scores since the Watersound Invitation in February. NCAA Regional champions Palm Beach started each ninth in great fashion after birdying No. 10 and No. 1, but struggled to stay consistent with double bogeys at both front and back-nine.

Although Roberts is currently not at the top of the rankings, his phenomenal 19-under play in the previous seven rounds is proof that he can help the team return to round two of the NCAA Championship.

Florida State combined for a total of nine birdies in round one, tying the top of the leaderboard for team stats at par 5 with Vanderbilt at -2 (4.80), as well as a total number of par with 58.

Anderson will restart the team in round two on the No. 1 hole. Florida State will play with Auburn and Ole Miss.

Round two updates can be found on Golf Stat and @fsugolf on Twitter and Instagram.