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DADE CITY, Fla. – Freshman Jack Maguire shot 10-under 62 to fuel Florida State’s 10-stroke victory Tuesday at the USF Invitational.
The Seminoles shot 24 under in the final round at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club’s South Course, surpassing runner-up South Florida, which held a nine-stroke lead after 36 holes. Maguire birdied the final hole, the 420-yard par-4 18th, for a 16-under 200 total and one-stroke victory over Illinois’ Brian Campbell (70) and Purdue’s Adam Schenk (66).
“It was a good week,” said Maguire, a former state high-school champion from St. Petersburg. “Yesterday we struggled, but I think we left ourselves in contention. Everyone did their own part, and I kept telling myself, Keep making birdies for the team; don’t hold off.”
That’s exactly what he did. One day after having struggled to a 73, Maguire made six birdies and two eagles in a bogeyfree round that set course and school records. He played the four par 5s in 6 under, capped by a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 9 and a monster tee shot that left him with a 9-iron and tap-in eagle on No. 11.
“I felt like Jack won the golf tournament on the back nine yesterday. He was 3 over par (through six holes), and a lot of players his age would shoot 75 or 76,” Florida State head coach Trey Jones said. “He didn’t. He came back and shot 2 under (on his final 10 holes). That gave him the opportunity to do what he did today. I’m proud of 62, but I’m really proud of what he did yesterday.”
Florida State’s Cristobal Del Solar finished fourth at 13-under 203.
“You never see a day like this coming,” Jones said. “You only get to coach a few of them in your career.”
Chase Koepka, who tied for fifth, led runner-up South Florida (833). UNC-Greensboro (838) placed third, followed by Mercer, Illinois and Purdue tied for fourth at 840.
Illinois’ Campbell led the tournament heading into his final three holes before a bogey at the par-4 16th opened the door for Maguire’s 18th-hole theatrics.