Oct. 8, 2011
MACON, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka is in first place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in third place in the team standings with one round remaining to be played in the Brickyard Collegiate Championship at the Brickyard at Riverside. Koepka fired a two under par 70 and has a two day total of 136 – which gives him a three shot lead over Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech. The Seminole captain will tee off on Sunday morning looking for the first individual championship of his collegiate career and ease the memories of four runner-up finishes during the first four years and 36 events of his career.
Georgia Tech shot the best team round for the second consecutive day and enters the third round with a 13 stroke lead over North Florida and a 15 stroke lead over Florida State. The Seminoles, who had three players in their starting line-up shoot par or better in the first round, had only one player (Koepka) finish at or below par in the second round. With scores of 66 and 70 in the first two rounds, Koepka has a two round total of 136 and is the only player in the field of 84 players on 15 teams (plus nine individuals) who has carded two scores at or below par in the first two rounds of the three round tournament.
“The first five holes are really challenging,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We did not execute on these holes and that led to frustration. We bounced back for a good back nine but we need to do a much better job of remaining confident during difficult stretches. While the course played difficult with the wins, we need to take advantage of difficult situation. I look for our team to bounce back and challenge for the low round of the day on Sunday.
The Seminoles were a cumulative 13 strokes over par on the front nine and a total of four strokes under par on the back nine.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished the second round with five birdies on his final 10 holes to finish with his score of 70. He righted his ship after three bogeys on his first eight holes and was at three over par as he teed off on hole No. 9. From there he birdied holes No. 9, 10, 12, 14 and 18 to move to two under par for the day.
Koepka has now played 33 of his first 36 holes of the tournament at par or better with nine birdies and one eagle. He is a total of nine strokes under par on holes No. 10-18 with seven birdies and one eagle on the back nine. He has not played a single hole over par on the backside of the challenging course. Koepka begins play on Sunday looking his first career win, his 10th career top five and 17th career top 10 finish of his career.
“Today wasn’t one of my best days but I just hung in there and grinded out an okay round,” said Koepka. “I need to come out tomorrow and do what I have been doing all of my life – just go out, play golf and have fun. If I do that I will be fine.”
Junior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) continued to hold on his top 20 ranking in the individual standings; he is in a tie for 20th place with a two round total of 145. After a near career best 69 in the first round, Letson finished the second round with a score of 76. He played his best golf on the back nine with two birdies and seven holes at par or better. Letson gained two strokes back after a tough beginning to his day. Graduate student Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) and freshman Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) also carded scores of 76 for the Seminoles.
Florida State will play for the team and Koepka for the individual championship on Sunday as they are paired with Georgia tech and North Florida. The Seminoles begin play at 10:10 with Koepka beginning his march to his first individual championship at 10:50.
Following their play at the Brickyard Collegiate, the Seminoles will close out their fall campaign at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia Oct. 23-25.
Brickyard Collegiate Championship/Oct. 7-9, 2011/Second Round Florida State Results Brickyard At Riverside/Macon, Ga./Par 72 3/15. Florida State 282 298 580 1. Brooks Koepka 66 70 136 T20. Doug Letson 69 76 145 T35. Wesley Graham 72 77 149 T50. Kyle Cobb 75 76 151 T55. Daniel Berger 77 76 153 T9. Bjorn Hellgren 72 71 143 * T20. Joaquin Lolas 71 74 145 * *playing as individuals
Brickyard Collegiate Championship/Oct. 7-9, 2011/Second Round Team Results Brickyard At Riverside/Macon, Ga./Par 72 1. Georgia Tech 565 9. Texas Arlington 595 2. North Florida 578 10. Ole Miss 596 3. Florida State 580 11. Oklahoma 597 4. Mercer 588 T12. Charleston 601 T5. Georgia 591 T12. Colorado State 601 T5. Virginia Tech 591 14. Air Force 611 T7. Augusta State 594 15. Gonzaga 616 T7. Chattanooga 594