April 4, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
No. 22 Florida State, which has won two consecutive tournament titles, closes out its regular season as it travels to play in the Gary Koch Intercollegiate at the Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla. The two-day, three-round 54-hole tournament will be played on April 6-7 with two rounds being played on Saturday and the final round coming on Sunday. The Seminoles finished fifth in the 2010-11 Gary Koch Intercollegiate after winning the team championship during the 2009-10 season. Current senior Brooks Koepka finished in fourth place in the individual standings in 2009 (fall season) as the Seminoles defeated Texas Tech by 16 strokes to win the team championship. Koepka finished in second place in the event and only one stroke out of the lead in 2010 (also a fall event).
THE 2012 GARY KOCH INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
No. 22 Florida State is joined by No. 4 Auburn, No. 7 Alabama, No. 11 Georgia Tech, No. 16 North Florida, No. 19 Virginia, No. 25 Florida, College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, UNC Greensboro, Pacific, USF, Toledo and Wake Forest in the 2012 Gary Koch Intercollegiate. Virginia is the defending team champion while Ben Kohles of Virginia is the defending individual champion.
SEMINOLES LOOKING FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State enters the 2012 Gary Koch Intercollegiate looking to win its third consecutive tournament for the first time in school history. The Seminoles have won the tournament titles at the Seminole Intercollegiate (March 9-11 in Tallahassee) and at the FAU Spring Break Invitational (March 23-25 in Lake Worth, Fla.) in their last two outings marking the first time since the 1994-95 season when they won the Seminole Classic and Augusta College Invitational that they have won back-to-back championships. The Seminoles won three tournament championships during the spring of 1995 as they also won the Wofford Invitational and went on to finish in seventh place in the NCAA Championship finals. The school record for tournament championships in a single year is four in both 1986-87 and 1988-89. The Seminoles won three titles in 1983-84 and 1994-95 and also in 2007-08 under ninth year head coach Trey Jones.
KOEPKA NAMED ACC CO-GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Senior Brooks Koepka was named the ACC Golfer of the Month for the month of March – an honor he shared with Virginia’s Ben Kohles. Koepka earned the second and third individual wins of his career as he won medalist honors at the Seminole Intercollegiate and the FAU Spring Break Invitational in back to back events. He carded a nine-under-par score of 204 in the Seminole Intercollegiate and a school record of 14-under-par score of 199 to win the FAU Invitational. Koepka carded a personal best and tied the school record with an eight-under-par 63 in the third round of the FAU tournament.
KOEPKA CHASING FLORIDA STATE HISTORY
Senior Brooks Koepka, the No. 13 ranked golfer in the nation according the GolfStat individual rankings, enters the 2012 Gary Koch Intercollegiate chasing Florida State’s all-time record for wins in a season. He has already gained individual championships at the Olympia Fields Invitational, the Seminole Intercollegiate and the FAU Spring Invitational with at least three events (and most likely a fourth at the NCAA Championship finals) remaining on the Seminoles’ schedule. Koepka is chasing the Seminoles’ all-time record of five tournament championships by All-American Nolan Henke during the 1986-87 fall and spring seasons. Second on the single season list for individual victories is Christian Raynor who won four individual titles during the 1994-95 fall and spring seasons.
KOEPKA LEADS 1-2-3 INDIVIDUAL FINISH LEDGER AT FAU TOURNAMENT
Senior Brooks Koepka was not the only Seminole who earned success at the FAU Spring Break Invitational. Koepka led a parade of Seminoles in the top three of the individual standings with his first place finish; he was followed by senior Wesley Graham in second place and junior Doug Letson in third place. It marked the first time since the Seminoles won the 1984 Metro Conference Tournament that the Seminoles earned the top three individual places in a tournament. Brian Kamm, Tom Krystyn and Greg Fleischer finished 1-2-3 to lead the Seminoles to the conference championship.
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Fall 2011 / Spring 2012) Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Brooks Koepka 7 21 12 20 63 1,478 70.38 Chase Seiffert 4 12 7 12 67 852 71.00 Bjorn Hellgren 2 6 4 4 69 436 72.67 Wesley Graham 6 18 9 16 67 1,302 72.33 Doug Letson 6 18 8 14 68 1,306 72.56 Daniel Berger 6 18 5 14 69 1,324 73.56 Kyle Cobb 4 12 4 9 68 885 73.75 Joaquin Lolas 6 18 2 12 70 1,354 75.22