April 24, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Senior Seath Lauer finished with his second consecutive round of 71 and is in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in a tie for seventh place in the team standings after two rounds of the 57th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. Lauer will play for his second consecutive top 20 finish in the ACC Championship when the final round of the event gets under way Sunday morning.
The Seminoles were led in the scoring column in the second round by freshman Doug Letson who carded a career-low four under par 68. He has a total of 144 and begins play in the final round in a tie for 22nd place. Letson moved up 24 places in the individual standings with his stellar performance in the second round.
“We had an opportunity to shoot a low round when our least experienced player (Letson) goes out first and gives us a 68,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We did not capitalize on that as we had to count a 76. We are playing the short, tight par fours poorly as a team. Those holes have been momentum killers four our team.”
Georgia Tech continued its stranglehold on the overall team lead and increased its lead to seven strokes over Duke. The Yellow Jackets shot a 12 under par 276 and are in first place in the team standings with a 21 under par score of 555. Four of Georgia Tech’s five players are in the top 20 of the individual standings — led by senior Chesson Hadley who is in a tie with NC State’s Matt Hill for the individual lead. Hadley and Hill are tied with identical scores of nine under par totals of 135.
Letson (Tampa, Fla.) played the best golf of his first year as a Seminole and finished with a four under par 68 – his best score by two strokes in his freshman season at Florida State. He began well with a birdie on his first hole and two birdies on his first three holes. Letson was under par and on a roll from there. He finished his front nine with a three under par score of 33.
Letson stayed hot on his back nine with three more birdies and a one under par score on his back nine. He was never over par during the round and was as many as four strokes below even in finishing at 68. Letson’s score of 68 was tied for the fourth lowest score of the afternoon among the 55 competitors in the event.
“I took advantage of perfect scoring conditions and played consistently throughout the day,” said Letson. “Hopefully we can all put a great round together tomorrow and move up in the team standings.”
“I am proud of Doug as he is getting invaluable experience,” said Jones.
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) continued he stellar play late in the season as he carded his second consecutive sub par round of 71. He played as consistently in the second round as he did in the first with five birdies and 15 holes at par or better. After her pared his first hole of the day he birdied his second hole to move under par where he remained for the entire round.
Lauer has been at or below par during the first 36 holes of the event. He has yet to be over par for even a single hole of the first two days of the event.
“Seath played better than his 71 and is playing really well,” said Jones.
Sophomore Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) also finished with a one-under par score of 71. He moved into a tie for 22nd place in the individual standings with his two day total of 144. Koepka recovered from a double bogey on his second hole finish under par. He finished his final 16 holes of the afternoon at two under par with four birdies.
“I struggled hitting the ball well in the beginning,” said Koepka. I’m working on grinding through and trying to make the best of my rounds. Hopefully the bad weather stays away and we can go out and finish strong in the team standings.”
Sophomore Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) and junior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) are tied for 42nd and 44th place after shooting identical scores of 76. Graham improved on his first round score by one stroke and Kittleson has a two day total of 151.
“While we are very frustrated, we have a great amount of personal and team pride,” said Jones. “We will compete to the best of our abilities for 54 holes.”
Third and final round pairings will begin at 8:30 Sunday morning with the group of Boston College and North Carolina. The second wave, which includes Maryland, Florida State and NC State, will start at 9:10 a.m. The thirds wave included Virginia Tech, Clemson and Virginia will begin at 10:10 with the final wave of Wake Forest, Duke and Georgia Tech beginning at 11:10.
Atlantic Coast Conference Championship/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C./April 23-25, 2010 T7/11. Florida State 293 286 579 T18. Seath Lauer 71 71 142 T22. Brooks Koepka 73 71 144 T22. Doug Letson 76 68 144 T42. Wesley Graham 74 76 150 T44. Drew Kittleson 75 76 151
Atlantic Coast Conference Championship/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C./April 23-25, 2010 1. Georgia Tech 555 T7. Florida State 579 2. Duke 562 T7. Maryland 579 3. Wake Forest 563 T7. NC State 579 4. Virginia 566 10. North Carolina 581 5. Clemson 569 11. Boston College 596 6. Virginia Tech 576