March 5, 2012
DADE CITY, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka and junior Chase Seiffert carded two under par scores of 70 to move into the top 20 of the individual standings and the No. 18 Seminole men’s golf team moved into ninth place in the team standings after two rounds at the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Koepka moved into a tie for 12th place while Seiffert moved into a tie for 17th place in the individual standings with one round remaining to be played in the three round event.
No. 16 UCF, the highest ranked team in the event, extended their lead in the team standings to six strokes over Georgia and to seven strokes over Middle Tennessee State. The Seminoles begin play in the third and final round only 10 strokes out of fifth place. The Seminoles’ posted a team score of 284 in the second round – tied for the best team score of the day. Justin Howard of Louisville shot a seven under par score of 67 and owns the individual lead with a two round total of 137. He leads Chris Pledger of Arkansas State by two strokes.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) moved up 11 spots in the individual standings as he spent much of the second round below par. He was never above par on his personal scorecard as he totaled four birdies and 16 holes at par or better. Koepka scored two birdies on both the front side and back side of the court.
Koepka, a nominee for the Ben Hogan Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, has carded seven birdies on his first 36 holes of the tournament.
Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) also carded a two under par score of 70 and is in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings with a two day total of 145. He carded a team leading seven birdies during the round in finishing five strokes better in the second round than he did in the first round. Seiffert finished well with four birdies on his final six holes of the afternoon to go from one over par after 12 holes to two under par at the end of the round.
Seiffert finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings at the spring season opening Gator Invitational with scores of 68-71-74 for a total of 213. His score of 70 in the second round of the USF Invitational is the best of his Florida State career.
Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) continues to leads the Seminoles – he is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings with a two under par score of 142. He has carded identical scores of one under par 71 in both of the first two rounds of the tournament. Graham is competing as an individual and he scores do not count toward the team total.
Florida State tees off beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The Seminoles are paired with Louisville and Eastern Michigan.
USF Invitational/March 4-6, 2012/Second Round Florida State Results Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla./Par 72 9/17. Florida State 306 284 590 T12. Brooks Koepka 74 70 144 T17. Chase Seiffert 75 70 145 T49. Kyle Cobb 79 72 151 T60. Joaquin Lolas 78 75 153 T60. Daniel Berger 81 72 153 T8. Wesley Graham 71 71 142* *playing as an individual
USF Invitational/March 4-6, 2012/Second Round Team Results Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla./Par 72 1. UCF 569 10. Arkansas State 591 2. Georgia 575 11. Troy 592 3. Middle Tennessee St. 576 12. Villanova 593 4. Kentucky 579 13. Florida Gulf Coast 597 5. North Carolina 580 14. DePaul 604 6. South Florida 584 15. Florida Atlantic 611 7. Louisville 588 16. Marquette 617 8. Eastern Michigan 589 17. Cincinnati 622 9. Florida State 590