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Koepka And Seiffert Lead FSU at USF Invitational.

March 5, 2012

DADE CITY, Fla. ( –
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 Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) carded even par scores of 72 in the second round.

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

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