April 7, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Junior Doug Letson is in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings and the No. 23 Florida State men’s golf team is in sixth in the team standings after two rounds of the Gary Koch Intercollegiate at the Old Memorial Golf Course. Letson carded scores of 72 and 71 for a 1 under par total of 143; he is five strokes off the lead of North Florida’s Joey Potronio heading into Sunday’s third and final round. The 15-team field played two rounds of 18 holes each on Saturday.
Florida State’s hopes for a third consecutive team victory are currently in the hands of No. 17 North Florida which blistered the course and holds a 14 stroke lead over No. 11 ranked Georgia Tech. The Seminoles enter the final round 24 strokes behind the Ospreys in the race for the team championship. Florida State entered the tournament having won team championships in both of its last two events – the Seminole Intercollegiate and the FAU Spring Break Invitational.
Seminole senior Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, is in search of his third consecutive individual title. He won the individual championships at the Seminole Intercollegiate and the FAU Spring Break Invitational to bring his career win total to three. Koepka has work to do entering the third and final round as his two round total of 147 has him nine strokes behind Petronio in the race for the individual championship.
Koepka is running nearly neck and neck with Virginia’s Ben Kohles who looks to be his main competition for ACC Player of the Year honors. Koepka is in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings with a 147 total while Kohles is in a tie for 17th place with a 145 total. Koepka currently leads the ACC in most major categories including stroke average; the two will meet again in the ACC Championships April 20-22.
Letson (Tampa, Fla.) led the Seminoles through the first two rounds with solid scores of 72 and 71. He led the Seminoles through the first round with an even par score of 72 – he was in a tie for 10th place after the first 18 holes. He slipped into a tie for 15th place in the individual standings after shooting a better score – a 1 under par 71 – in the second round.
Letson’s highlight of the day was an eagle three on the par five hole No. 12 (his second hole of the round) during the second round. He totaled one eagle, four birdies and 26 holes at par over his 36 hoes played on Saturday. Letson was above par for a total of one hole during the first two rounds of the tournament.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) carded a total of six birdies and an eagle himself but was undone by holes No. 16, 17 and 18 in both rounds. He carded an eagle three on the par five ninth hole in the first round but lost five strokes on five bogeys on 16, 17 and 18. Koepka bogeyed 17 and 18 during the first round (last two holes on his front nine) and 16, 17 and 18 in the second round (the last three holes of his back nine).
Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) carded the best round of the day for the Seminoles – a 2 under par 70 in the second round. That score, coupled with a 78 in the first round, has in in a tie for 32nd place in the individual standings with a 148 total.
Florida State was in seventh place in the team standings after the first round.
The Seminoles will play with Alabama and Auburn in Sunday’s final round as they continue to work their way up the individual and team leaderboards.
Gary Koch Intercollegiate/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Old Memorial Golf Course/Tampa, Fla./April 7-8, 2012 6/15. Florida State 297 286 583 T15. Doug Letson 72 71 143 T25. Brooks Koepka 73 74 147 T25. Daniel Berger 75 72 147 T32. Wesley Graham 78 70 148 T42. Chase Seiffert 77 73 150
Gary Koch Intercollegiate/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Old Memorial Golf Course/Tampa, Fla./April 7-8, 2012 1. North Florida 559 9. Pacific 594 2. Georgia Tech 573 10. USF 596 3. Virginia 577 11. UNC Greensboro 601 4. Alabama 578 12. Wake Forest 604 5. Auburn 580 13. College of Charleston 608 6. Florida State 583 14. Toledo 609 7. Georgia Southern 584 15. Kentucky 610 8. Florida 586