TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Redshirt senior Harry Ellis tied his career low vs. par by shooting a 6-under 66 on Monday at Erin Hills. The eye-opening score drove 24th-ranked Florida State Men’s Golf up the leaderboard into fourth place (+12) through two rounds at the Marquette Intercollegiate.
Ellis’ feat is even more impressive considering the length of Erin Hills, which played host to the 2017 U.S. Open won by Seminole Brooks Koepka. Ellis’ 6-under score is the fourth time in his career he has shot 6-under in a round, last doing it in the second round of last year’s NCAA Championship held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
“Harry played one of the better rounds I have coached today,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “He has been playing really well at home and it is great to see that translate to the road. He has exceptional length and (hitting it) straight seems to work well for Seminoles around Erin Hills.
“Harry’s wedge game and putter have come a long way since he arrived. He is definitely a complete player at the moment.”
Ellis vaulted up to a tie for second place with a 3-under 141, moving up 26 spots from when he was tied for 28th through the first round. Half of his holes played on Monday were birdies, shooting 33s on both the front and back nine. His 10 birdies through two rounds is tied with Augusta’s Gustav Andersson for the most among all golfers.
Ellis’ 6-under showing is also the lowest round vs. par by a Seminole in the early season, surpassing freshman John Pak’s 5-under 65 in the final round of the Doc Gimmler.
The Seminoles (+12) trail tournament leader Texas A&M (+4) by eight shots heading into the final round. UCLA is in second place at 5-over, followed by Marquette (+10), FSU and Michigan State (+17) in the Top five. FSU shaved 14 strokes off its team score on Sunday, shooting 1-under on Monday.
“I am proud of the young guys today,” Jones added. “Jamie (Li), John (Pak) and Jake (Carter) don’t have 10 college tournament appearances combined and they showed me something today. They each had a tough stretch and bounced back.”
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Pak and Li each shot 2-over 74s on Monday, and are both tied for 27th overall at 6-over apiece. Carter added a sharp 1-over 73 and is tied for 47th overall at 8-over.
Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Keppler shot a 9-over 81, while junior Bennett Baker, playing individually, had a 3-over 75 on Monday.
The final round of the Marquette Intercollegiate is held Tuesday. Keppler tees off first for the Seminoles at 10:20 a.m. ET.