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Letson Leads FSU To 5th Place at Gary Koch

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.

Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) finished the event with an even par 72 while junior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) closed with a 1 over par score of 73.

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

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