April 7, 2009
ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
Florida State University freshman Brooks Koepka earned his third consecutive top-10 finish as he carded a 74 in the final round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship and finished in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings as the final round of the event was played at the Golf Club of Georgia. Koepka finished second at the Florida State Spring Break Invitational and in second place during the stroke play competition at the Callaway Match Play Championship earlier this month and has not carded a score above 74 in his last seven rounds.
No. 5 Clemson rallied from a tie for sixth place after two rounds to claim the team championship. The Tigers turned in the only sib-par team score of the third round to climb past six teams to win the team title. Bud Cauley of Alabama and Erick Flores of UCLA tied for the individual championship with four under par scores of 212.
Koepka was Florida State’s leader throughout the event after carding a two-under par 70 in the first round of the event. He maintained his top-10 standing in the second round with a two-over par 74 and closed with a second strong score of 74. Koepka was poised to shoot one of the best rounds of his short collegiate career and was two strokes under par through his first 11 holes of the final round before carding four bogeys over his final seven holes to finish at two over par for the afternoon.
Koepka is minus nine strokes under par in his last three tournaments and seven total rounds. He carded his career low score of 65 in the second round of the Florida State Spring Break Invitational on March 12.
Junior Cameron Knight carded an equally strong score of 74 in the final round and finished in a tie for 43rd place with a 227 total for the 54 hole event. He carded scores of 74 in the first and third rounds. Knight was at even par through his first 13 holes before giving back two shots on bogeys over the final five holes of the event.
With its regular season now complete, Florida State sets its sights on defending its ACC Championship on April 17-19 at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. The Seminoles won the first ACC golf championship in school history on the same course in 2008.
US Collegiate Championship/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./April 5-7, 2009 15/15. Florida State 302 309 304 915 T7. Brooks Koepka 70 74 74 218 T41. Cameron Knight 74 79 74 227 T64. Matt Savage 79 76 77 232 73. Seath Lauer 79 80 79 238 T77. Wesley Graham 88 80 79 247
US Collegiate Championship/Par 72/Final Team Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./April 5-7, 2009 1. Clemson 876 9. Southern Cal. 888 2. Stanford 878 10. Oklahoma State 895 3. Georgia Tech 881 11. South Carolina 897 4. Georgia 883 12. East Tennessee St. 906 T5. Alabama 886 13. Florida 909 T5. Washington 886 14. Indiana 910 T5. Texas A&M 886 15. Florida State 915 8. UCLA 887