March 25, 2012
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior and All-American candidate Brooks Koepka tied the school record with an 8 under par score of 63 in the final round to win his second consecutive individual title and lead the Seminoles’ men’s golf team to the team championship at the FAU Spring Break Invitational at the Fountains Country Club. Koepka led a parade of Seminoles in the top three with his first place finish; he was followed by senior Wesley Graham in second place and junior Doug Letson in third place.
Koepka tied the school record which was previously set by Seminole All-American Matt Savage who carded a 63 in the second round of the Florida State Spring Invitational during the spring of 2009. Including his school record tying 63 in the final round, Koepka finished with a school record 199 score for the three round event – an average of 66.3 strokes per round. Koepka carded scores of 67-69-63 as he finished with his 14 under par score of 199. Koepka was below par during 49 of the 54 holes he played during the weekend.
Koepka’s teammates followed suit as senior Wesley Graham finished in second place and junior Doug Letson in third to lead the Seminoles to an incredible 19 stroke victory over Ohio State and a 24 stroke victory over third place finisher Northern Illinois. The win marked the second consecutive for Koepka (individual title) and the Seminoles (team championship) as both finished in first place in the individual and team races at last week’s Seminole Intercollegiate.
“We always want our guys to play better as a tournament goes on,” said head coach Trey Jones. “As a team we shot minus four, minus eight and minus 11. I am very proud of the guys as today was the toughest conditions of the weekend in terms of wind and pin placement. Players playing well late in a tournament is a positive characteristic we are beginning to learn as we approach postseason play.”
Florida State has now won nine tournament championships in nine years under Jones.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) was on fire from the start of the round with three birdies on his first four holes and five birdies on his first seven holes. At the turn, he was six under par with six birdies on his first nine holes. Koepka continued his mastery of the course on his back nine with two more birdies as he moved to eight under par with a birdie on the 16th holes. He finished with two consecutive holes of par and signed his card with a school record tying total of 63.
“I am happy with the way I played today,” said Koepka. “But I am happier with how we played as a team and feel that we are getting better as the season progresses.”
“Brooks played one of the best rounds that I have been privileged to coach,” said Jones. “If there was ever a 63 that looked east, it was Brooks’ 63 today.”
Koepka is on quite a roll in his last two tournaments with two first place finishes, six consecutive scores in the 60’s, a stroke average of 67.16 since the beginning of the Seminole Intercollegiate and a cumulative score of 23 strokes under par. Koepka, who has now won three tournaments during his collegiate career, set personal records for low round score (63) and low tournament score (199) while tying his personal best for career finish (first) on the Fountains Course which is roughly 30 minutes from his home.
Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) continued to play the best golf of his career as he carded an even par 71 in the final round to finish with a 208 total and in a personal best tying second place finish in the individual standings. Graham was at or under par in each of the three rounds of the tournament with scores of 70-67-71 as he tied his own personal records for low round (67) and highest finish (second) during the weekend.
Graham played well with 15 holes at par or better including four birdies in carding an even par score of 71 in the final round. He totaled two birdies on his first three holes and two more birdies on his final five holes to finish at even par. He finished his first two rounds of the event under par.
Junior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) tied his career best with a 3 under par score of 68 in the final round – he finished in a career best third place with a career best score of 209. It marked the second career top five finish for Letson who finished in fifth place in the individual standings at the Seminole Intercollegiate during the spring of 2012. Letson closed the event with scores of 69 and 68 to finish his final 36 holes at five strokes under par.
Letson tied his tournament best with five birdies in the third round (he also totaled five birdies in the second round) and made 13 birdies during the event. He finished at par or better on 45 of the 54 holes he played over the weekend.
A fourth member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up – Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) – played his best golf of the weekend with a final round score of 71. He finished in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings with a 214 total. Cobb totaled two birdies on his back nine to finish at par for the first time during the event. Cobb came within one stroke of tying his career best for a three round tournament with his 54 holes total of 214. Cobb carded a career best 213 as last week’s Seminole Intercollegiate.
Junior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) finished in a tie 18th place in the individual standings to mark his second top 20 finish of his Seminole career. He finished with even par scores of 71 in the first and second rounds and a 1 over par score of 72 in the final round. Freshman Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.), who was playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings with a career best tournament score of 212.
“We are looking forward to carrying this confidence into the Gary Koch next week,”
Florida State will play for its third consecutive tournament win at the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, April 7-8.
FAU Spring Break Invitational/March 23-25, 2012/Final Florida State Results The Fountains Country Club/Lake Worth, Fla./Par 71 1/15. Florida State 280 276 273 829 1. Brooks Koepka 67 69 63 199 2. Wesley Graham 70 67 71 208 3. Doug Letson 72 69 68 209 T18. Chase Seiffert 71 71 72 214 T24. Kyle Cobb 72 74 71 217 T11. Daniel Berger 70 70 72 212* *playing as an individual
FAU Spring Break Invitational/March 23-25, 2012/Final Team Results The Fountains Country Club/Lake Worth, Fla./Par 71 1. Florida State 829 9. Marshall 873 2. Ohio State 848 10. Florida Atlantic 876 3. Northern Illinois 853 T11. Minnesota 880 4. Jacksonville St 860 T11. Connecticut 880 5. Xavier 862 13. Miami (Ohio) 881 T6. South Florida 865 14. Murray State 873 T6. Florida Gulf Coast 865 15. DePaul 902 8. Michigan State 869