April 8, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Doug Letson finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings and the No. 23 Seminole men’s golf team finished in fifth place in the team standings as the 2012 Gary Koch Intercollegiate came to a conclusion. Letson earned his third consecutive top 10 finish while the Seminoles earned their third straight top five team finish. The Seminoles now look forward to postseason play and the ACC Championships at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. April 20-22.
No. 17 North Florida ran away with the team title – outdistancing second place and No. 11 ranked Georgia Tech by an amazing 20 strokes. The Ospreys took the lead in the first round and never relinquished their grip on the top spot. Joey Petronio of North Florida won the individual title with a two stroke victory over teammate Sean Dale and Hunter Hamrick of Alabama.
Letson (Tampa, Fla.) continued to play stellar golf as the postseason approaches; he finished with an even par total of 216. He carded scores of 72-73-71 and finished as one of only 11 players in the 72 member field that finished with a tournament score at par or better. Letson finished with 16 holes at par or better with one birdie and was never more than one stroke over par during the round.
Letson was never more than one stroke over par during the entire 54 hole tournament.
Letson has earned three top 10 finishes in the last three tournaments – third at the FAU Spring Break Invitational, tied for ninth at the Seminole Intercollegiate and tied for 10 at the Gary Koch. He is a total of minus five strokes under par since beginning play in the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 9.
Senior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished the tournament with an even par score of 72. He finished in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings with a 219 total for the three round event. His finish marked the first time in three events that he did not claim the individual championship.
Koepka has now finished in the top 20 of the individual standings in six of his eight starts this years and has not finished outside of the top 25 in the individual standings. He is a total of 17 strokes under par in his last three events, seven strokes under par for the spring season and 13 strokes under par in eight events during his senior season.
Seminole freshman Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) finished in a tie for 18th in the individual standings along with Koepka. He, too, closed the day with an even par 72 in the final round. Berger finished with even par scores of 72 in the second and third rounds to earn his third consecutive top 10 finish. Berger is playing as well as any of his Seminole teammates and is only two strokes over par in his last three tournaments.
Florida State played its second best team round of the tournament in the third round with a one over par score of 289. The Seminoles counted three scores of 72 and only one score above par in finishing one under par as a team over the course of the final two rounds.
Gary Koch Intercollegiate/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Old Memorial Golf Course/Tampa, Fla./April 7-8, 2012 5/15. Florida State 297 286 289 872 T10. Doug Letson 72 71 73 216 T18. Brooks Koepka 73 74 72 219 T18. Daniel Berger 75 72 72 219 T23. Wesley Graham 78 70 72 220 T32. Chase Seiffert 77 73 73 223
Gary Koch Intercollegiate/Par 72/Final Team Results Old Memorial Golf Course/Tampa, Fla./April 7-8, 2012 1. North Florida 843 T8. Pacific 898 2. Georgia Tech 86 10. USF 900 3. Auburn 863 11. UNC Greensboro 902 4. Alabama 869 12. Wake Forest 907 5. Florida State 872 13. Kentucky 911 6. Florida 874 14. College of Charleston 924 7. Virginia 878 15. Toledo 930 T8. Georgia Southern 898