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Koepka Leads Men’s Golf At USF Invitational

March 4, 2012

DADE CITY, Fla. ( –
Senior Brooks Koepka, a Ben Hogan nominee as the nation’s top golfer, is in a tie for 24th in the individual standings and the No. 18 ranked Florida State men’s golf team is in 14th place in the team standings after the first round of the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Koepka is only nine strokes out of the lead and only four strokes out of the top five in the individual standings with two rounds and 36 holes remaining to be played.

No. 16 ranked UCF, one of three teams ranked in the top 25 of the national rankings playing in the event, is the team leader after the first round. The Knights hold a five stroke over Middle Tennessee State – the defending team champion. Jose Joia of UCF is the first round leader with a seven under par score of 65. Joia vaulted to the top of the individual standings with three birdies on his first five holes; he has a two stroke lead over teammate Brad Schneider.

Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played well at the beginning of the round with two birdies on his first three holes and a birdie on his final hole to finish with a two over par score of 74. He carded 13 holes at par or better including four of his last five holes of the afternoon.

Koepka is a candidate for the Hogan Award — the most prestigious award in men’s college golf. The award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfers. A list of 10 semifinalists will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 11, and then will be pared down to three finalists on Thursday, May 10. The winner will be crowned at a banquet at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 21

Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) is the Seminoles’ leader in the individual standings with a two under par score of 70 – but is playing as an individual and not as a part of Florida State’s starting five. Graham carded four birdies and a total of 16 holes of par or better in his first round of play. He birdied his first two holes and spent the entire round below par and was as many as 12 strokes under par.

USF Invitational/March 4-6, 2012/First Round Florida State Results
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla./Par 72
14/17.  Florida State       306
T24.    Brooks Koepka       74
T35.    Chase Seiffert      75
T56.    Joaquin Lolas       78
T68.    Kyle Cobb           79
T81.    Daniel Berger       81
T7.     Wesley Graham       71

USF Invitational/March 4-6, 2012/First Round Team Results
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla./Par 72
1.    UCF                284   10.   Arkansas State       303
2.    Middle Tennessee   289   T11.  Florida Gulf Coast   305
3.    Georgia            291   T11.  Louisville           304
4.    North Carolina     292   13.   DePaul               305
T5.   Kentucky           295   14.   Florida State        306
T5.   South Florida      295   15.   Florida Atlantic     311
T7.   Eastern Michigan   296   16.   Cincinnati           312
T7    Troy               296   17.   Marquette            315
9.    Villanova          299

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