Aug. 15, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Rising seniors Brooks Koepka and Wesley Graham will join graduate student Kyle Cobb to bring the number to three Florida State men’s golfers who will compete at the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship Aug, 22-28 at the Erin Hills Golf and Country Club in Erin, Wi. Koepka qualified for the event on Aug 4 at the PGA National Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Graham qualified on Aug. 9 at the Golden Ocala Golf Club in Ocala, Fla. Koepka and Graham will join Seminole teammate Kyle Cobb (who qualified earlier this month) as three Florida State golfers who will make up the field.
The U.S. Am begins Aug. 22 with 18 holes of stroke play the first two days at two courses — the par-70 Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, playing at 6,622 yards, and par-72 Erin Hills Golf Course, playing at 7,760 yards. Erin Hills will host the 2017 U.S. Open. The low 64 scorers advance to six rounds of match play, culminating with a 36-hole final on Aug. 2.
Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) finished in second place at the qualifying tournament at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. He finished with a two round score of 139 to finish just two strokes behind J.D. Tomlinson of Gainesville.
“I’m very excited about my game and the direction it is going,” said Graham. “It show a lot about our team for the upcoming season that we have three seniors playing in this prestigious tournament”
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) qualified with a playoff win over Will Davenport of Palm City, Fla. To force extra holes and earn one of two spots in the U.S. Am, Koepka shot a final-round of 67 after he opened with a 71 at PGA National’s Haig Course. Koepka, the 2010 ACC Player of the Year for the Seminoles, finished a shot behind Canada’s Zhong Yang Fu, who had a two-day total of 137.
“It’s feels really good to qualify for the US Am again,” said Koepka. “I’ve been playing well with some of the changes I have made with my swing coach and it’s nice to see some results. Hopefully I can go up to Wisconsin and play like I have been; if I can play well everything will continue to fall into place for me.”
Cobb, who will play as a graduate student for the Seminoles during the upcoming season, qualified to play in the tournament as he finished in a tie for second place at a U.S. Amateur qualifier in the Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa on Aug. 5.
All three players are appearing in their second career U.S. Amateur events; Cobb and Graham most recently played in the event in 2006 while Koepka played in the event for the first time in 2010.
The individual champion and the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur earn exemptions into the Master’s Championship and the U.S. Open the next year. Former Seminole Drew Kittleson finished in second place at the 2009 U.S. Amateur and played in both the Master’s and U.S. Open in 2010.
“Qualifying for the US Amateur provides a great opportunity for Kyle, Wesley and Brooks,” said head coach Trey Jones. “This is an event that all college players put on their calendar and work toward. Having all three seniors qualify for the event gives us representation in our top amateur event. All there have qualified previously and will use this experience to their benefit. A good week in Wisconsin can be a great start for their senior season.”