April 19, 2009
NEW LONDON, N.C. –
Seminole junior Seath Lauer finished in a tie for 24th place and the Florida State men’s golf team finished 10th place as play in the 56th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point came to a close on Sunday. Lauer was the Seminoles’ most consistent player as he averaged 73.00 strokes in three rounds to earn the second top-25 ACC Championship finish of his career.
Georgia Tech won its third ACC championship in the last four seasons – its first outright championship in that span – as the Yellow Jackets defeated Clemson by three strokes. Florida State won the team championship in 2008 and entered the event as the defending conference champion. Georgia Tech led the event wire-to-wire to claim the title.
Lauer finished with a 219 total as he carded scores of 74-72-73 in the 54-hole event. It marked the first time this year that he finished with three scores at 74 or below in the same event. Lauer started quickly as he birdied two of his first three holes and was one under par after his front nine. With five pars and a birdie on his back nine he was able to finish his round with a one-over par score of 73. Lauer finished the third round with three birdies to mark the third consecutive round he had carded three birdies for a total of nine during the tournament.
Lauer finished at three over par for the tournament marking the third time this season he had finished with a tournament score at five over par or better. His total of 219 tied for his best score of the season to go along with a 219 in the Brickyard Collegiate Classic during the fall of 2008.
Freshman Brooks Koepka led the Seminoles though the third round with a three-under par score of 69 – tied for the third best score of his freshman season. Koepka finished the afternoon with 17 holes at par or better with a tournament high three birdies. After a birdie on his first hole, Koepka was never over or at par and was as many as four strokes under par during the round.
Senior All-American Matt Savage finished in a tie for 32nd place as he closed the event with a two-over par score of 74. He averaged 73.67 strokes in the three round tournament as he carded a 71 in round one and a 74 in round three. Sophomore Drew Kittleson, who played in last week’s Master’s Championship and who will play in the upcoming US Open, finished in a tie for 36th place with a 222 total for the 54 holes played. He closed the event with a 76 after carding a team-leading 72 in the second round. Junior Cameron Knight finished in a tie for 40th place with scores of 75-72-76.
The Seminoles will next play in the NCAA Regional Championships May 14-16. It will mark the fourth consecutive appearance in the regional championship for head coach Trey Jones and the Seminoles.
56th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golf Championship Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./Par 72 Final Florida State Results 10/11. Florida State 287 297 291 875 T24. Seath Lauer 74 72 73 219 T27. Brooks Koepka 72 79 69 220 T32. Matt Savage 71 76 74 221 T36. Drew Kittleson 70 77 75 222 T40. Cameron Knight 75 72 76 223
56th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golf Championship Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./Par 72 Final Team Results 1. Georgia Tech 846 2. Clemson 849 3. Duke 861 4. Wake Forest 865 5. NC State 865 6. Maryland 866 T7. North Carolina 868 T7. Virginia Tech 868 9. Virginia 869 10. Florida State 875 11. Boston College 913