June 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State Men’s Golf team finished in ninth place in the final standings at the NCAA Championship Finals, ranked 16th in the final national poll by GolfStat, 18th in the final national rankings by GolfWeek, in a tie for third place at the NCAA Southwest Regional Championship, in third place in the ACC Championship, won two tournament championships (the Seminole Intercollegiate and the FAU Spring Break Invitational) and in the top five in the team standings in seven of its 11 tournaments as it enjoyed one of the top seasons in school history. The Seminoles earned their second top 10 national finish in the last three seasons as they finished ninth in the final standings of the NCAA Championship finals after finishing in a tie for third place in the final national standings in 2010. Florida State was led by senior Brooks Koepka, who earned All-America Third-Team honors from GolfWeek, was named the ACC Golfer of the Year and earned All-ACC honors for the third time in his career.
KOEPKA PLAYS IN U.S. OPEN AT THE OLYMPIC CLUB IN SAN FRANCISCO
Senior Brooks Koepka capped his senior season as he played in his first career U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He qualified for the prestigious event as he won a one hole sudden victory playoff at the U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla. Koepka played the 36-hole qualifier with scores of 72-70 for a 2 under par score of 142. He finished play tied with Andy Zhang who made a five-foot birdie shot on his final hole to close his round with an identical score.
SEMINOLES’ KOEPKA NAMED ACC GOLFER OF THE YEAR<
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka was named the 2012 ACC Men’s Golfer of the Year for the second time in his career as selected by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. Koepka, who was named the ACC Co-Player of the Year in 2010, is only the sixth player in ACC history to be named the league’s Golfer of the Year multiple times and is only the third player in ACC history to earn multiple ACC Golfer of the Year honors and ACC Freshman of the Year honors during his career. He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009. Koepka was also named to the All-ACC team for the third time in his career – making him the second player in school history to earn All-ACC honors three times.
KOEPKA AND SEIFFERT EARN ALL ACC HONORS
Brooks Koepka and Chase Seiffert were both named to the All-ACC team in a vote by the league’s 11 coaches. It marked the school-record tying third time that Koepka has earned All-ACC honors as marked the first time Seiffert has earned the honor in what is generally considered the best conference in college golf. It marked the school record sixth consecutive time that two Seminoles have earned All-ACC honors in the same season. Koepka is the second player to earn All-ACC honors three times as a Seminole and joins only All-American Matt Savage (2007, 2008 and 2009) as the only two Florida State men’s golfers in school history to be three-time ACC selections. Koepka is one of five players in school history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times during his career – he is joined by Savage, Drew Kittleson (2009 and 2011), Jonas Blixt (2007 and 2008) and Christian Raynor (1994 and 1995) on that prestigious Seminole list.
KOEPKA SETS FLORIDA STATE RECORDS
All-American Brooks Koepka established school records for lowest single season average (71.09) during the 2011-12 season and set the school record for lowest career average (71.81) during his illustrious four year career at Florida State.
FLORIDA STATE’S NATIONAL RANKINGS…
…The Seminoles finished the 2012 season ranked 16th nationally in the head to head rankings by GolfStat;
…The Seminoles finished the 2012 season ranked 18th nationally in the Sagarin Rankings by GolfWeek;
…The Seminoles finished the 2012 season ranked 19th nationally in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ poll.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State, which finished the 2011-12 season ranked No. 18 in the final GolfWeek national poll, finished the year as the second highest ranked ACC team. The Seminoles finished the year ranked behind only Georgia Tech (No. 8, ACC Champions) and ahead of No. 19 Virginia, No. 21 Duke and No. 23 Clemson as the five ACC teams in top 25 of the final national rankings.
SEMINOLES’ VICTORIES UNDER Trey Jones
Florida State head coach Trey Jones, who led the Seminoles to two victories in 2012, has led the Seminoles to nine victories in his nine seasons as the head coach in Tallahassee. Each of those nine tournament victories has come in the last five years and includes the first ACC Championship in school history (Spring 2008).
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Fall 2011 / Spring 2012) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Brooks Koepka 11 33 18 31 63 2,346 71.09 Chase Seiffert 8 24 9 18 66 1,740 72.50 Daniel Berger 10 30 15 28 66 2,180 72.67 Wesley Graham 10 30 13 25 67 2,180 72.67 Bjorn Hellgren 2 6 4 4 69 436 72.67 Doug Letson 9 27 11 21 68 1,966 72.81 Kyle Cobb 4 12 4 9 68 883 73.58 Joaquin Lolas 7 21 3 13 70 1,590 75.71