Next up on our men’s 2014 fall countdown, No. 14 Florida State:
Editor’s note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won’t be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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Florida State Seminoles
Preseason rank: 14
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 24
2013-14 in review: Led by freshman Jack Maguire’s two victories and team-leading 70.92 scoring average, Florida State came alive during the spring as it won the USF Invitational and finished T-2 or better three other times, including at the ACC Championship. The Seminoles qualified for the NCAA Championship with a fifth-place regional finish, then placed 24th at Prairie Dunes.
Notable departures: Joaquin Lolas
Key returnees: sophomores Jack Maguire and Cristobal Del Solar, junior Hank Lebioda
Newcomers of note: freshman Carter Thompson
Circled on the fall calendar: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Sept. 13-15, Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club
Fall outlook: The Seminoles, who have no seniors on the roster, return three players who have won a college tournament (Maguire, Lebioda and junior Rowin Caron) along with Del Solar, who head coach Trey Jones called the team’s best player at the end of last season. Maguire won twice as a freshman, at the USF Invitational and Mason Rudolph Championship, and his ability to go low makes him one of the top players in the country. Thompson could have an immediate impact, as well.
Coach’s perspective: “Opening the season at Olympia Fields, Jerry Pate (and) then Tavistock gives us a great opportunity to see where we are against the nation’s best players and teams.” – head coach Trey Jones