October 24, 2011 - by
Koepka, Berger Lead Noles

Oct. 24, 2011

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger are both in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings and the No. 7 ranked Florida State men’s golf team is in sixth place in the team standings heading into the final round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship on the Lakeside Course at the Golf Club of Georgia. The Seminoles begin play in Tuesday’s final round of play only eight strokes from finishing in the top three and only 12 strokes behind Georgia Tech for the team championship in an event that is being played by eight of the top 25 ranked teams in the country according to GolfStat.

The Seminoles, in sixth place in the team standings, are currently ahead of three teams ranked in the top 25: No. 13 Virginia (13th place), No. 14 Kent State (tied for eighth) and No. 19 Clemson (seventh). Florida State is chasing No. 4 Auburn (tied for third), No. 6 Washington (tied for third), No. 12 Georgia Tech (first), No. 24 UCLA (second) and unranked Southern California (tied for third).

Georgia Tech, the host team for the event, has three players in the top 10 of the individual standings as it attempts to successfully defend its tournament championship from 2010. UCLA is only three strokes behind the Yellow Jackets in the race for the team championship. Steve Lim and Southern California and Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington are the individual co-leaders with 18 holes remaining to be played with identical scores of 139.

“We did not get the low scores we needed to get today,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We hit some loose shots that prevented us from capitalizing on the less demanding holes. This golf course has four very demanding par 3’s that require quality golf shots to make par. It also has three reachable par 5’s that can be had if you execute two good shots. We did not do that today by playing the par 5’s over par we gave away needed shots. Tomorrow is the final round of the fall and we will to get a couple scores in the 60’s to compete with this field.”

Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) and Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) continued to play strong golf as both players carded scores of 73 in the second round. After identical scores of 70 in the first round, both Koepka and Berger are in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings.

Koepka’s score of 73 came with four birdies and an unfortunate total of five bogeys. Though he was never more than one stroke over par during the entire round, Koepka closed his day with consecutive bogeys on holes No. 17 and 18 to finish at one over par. Koepka was even par on his front nine and one over par on his back nine. His score of 73 gave him his first over par round in five rounds this fall.

Berger continued to exceed all expectations in his freshman season as he, too, carded a 73 that included three birdies in nine holes on his back nine. After completing the front nine in Monday’s second round at three over par, Berger went on a roll and played his final nine holes at two under par with three birdies and only one bogey.

Berger has now totaled nine birdies and 19 more holes at par – he has played 28 of his 36 holes at par or better on his first 36 holes of the tournament.

The Seminoles were led in the second round by junior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) who carded a one under par 71 to bring his two day total to three over par 147. He blazed through his front nine with six birdies and was as many as five strokes under par during the round. Letson birdied his first hole of the round and was below par for entire 18 holes.

Letson has carded a team high 10 birdies (six in the second and four in the first round) as he plays for his second consecutive top 25 individual finish after placing in un a tie for sixth at the Brickyard Collegiate in early October.

Florida State closes out its fall season with the completion of this event on Tuesday. The Seminoles will play for their third consecutive top six finish after finishing in second place at the Brickyard Collegiate and in sixth place at the Olympia Fields Invitational to begin the fall season.

The Seminoles open their spring season at the Gator Invitational on Feb. 11-12 at the University of Florida Golf Course.

U.S. Collegiate Championship/Oct. 23-25, 2011/Second Round Florida State Results
Golf Club of Georgia/Lakeside Course/Alpharetta, Ga./Par 72
6/14.   Florida State    286   292   578
T16.    Brooks Koepka    70    73    143
T16.    Daniel Berger    70    73    143
T31.    Bjorn Hellgren   71    75    146
T35.    Doug Letson      76    71    147
T51     Joaquin Lolas    75    75    150

U.S. Collegiate Championship/Oct. 23-25, 2011/Second Round Team Results
Golf Club of Georgia/Lakeside Course/Alpharetta, Ga./Par 72
1.   Georgia Tech          566   T8.   Duke                   583
2.   UCLA                  569   T8.   Kent State             583
T3.  Washington            570   10.   Iowa                   584
T3.  Southern California   570   11.   Texas A&M              590
T3.  Auburn                570   12.   Wake Forest            593
6.   Florida State         578   13.   Virginia               599
7.   Clemson               580   14.   East Tennessee State   608

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