May 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 15 ranked Florida State men’s golf team will play in the NCAA Central Regional Championship marking the fifth consecutive year the Seminoles have been chosen to play in the NCAA Tournament by the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee. It marks the first time since the 1992 through 1996 seasons that the Seminoles have played in five consecutive NCAA Championships. Florida State will travel to the Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., May 20-22, 2010 to begin its quest to advance to the NCAA Finals for the second time since 2007.
THE 2010 NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL FIELD
No. 15 Florida State is joined by Stanford, Florida, Duke, LSU, NC State, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference Champion), Detroit (Horizon League, Champion), St. Francis (Pa.) (Northeast Conference Champion) in the 2010 NCAA Central Regional at the Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame.
FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT HISTORY IN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Seminoles’ appearance in the NCAA Tournament marks the first time the Seminole men’s golf program has made five consecutive NCAA appearances since the 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons. Florida State played in a school record seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1977 through 1983. The Seminoles will play in a regional championship for the fourth consecutive season under head coach Trey Jones. Prior to the Seminoles appearing in the last four NCAA Tournaments and prior to Jones’ arrival for the 2004 season, Florida State had played in only one NCAA tournament from 1998-2006. The Seminoles have played in five regional championships in Jones’ seven seasons as Florida State’s head coach.
JONES NO STRANGER TO NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY
Seminole head coach Trey Jones, the 2008 ACC Coach of the Year, will make his ninth regional championship appearance as a head coach. He took four of his seven teams at Georgia State to the regional championships and has now taken four of his first six Florida State teams to postseason play.
SEMINOLES IN NCAA PLAYER UNDER HEAD COACH Trey Jones
Trey Jones has now led Florida State to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in his seven seasons at Florida State. Prior to Jones’ arrival at Florida State in 2004, the Seminoles had appeared in the NCAA Championship only twice between 1996 and 2003. Jones has now taken nine teams to NCAA Championship play in his 15 seasons as a head coach on the Division I level. In addition to his five teams in seven seasons to NCAA play at Florida State he guided four teams to NCAA play in eight seasons as the head coach at Georgia State.
KOEPKA NAMED ACC GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Seminole sophomore Brooks Koepka was been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year – an award which he shares with Virginia’s Ben Kohles in a vote by the ACC 11 head men’s golf coaches. Koepka, who is ranked sixth in the nation by GolfWeek Magazine, is the first Seminole since Bobby Cochran in 1994 to be named the ACC Player of the Year. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 golfer for two weeks during the months of February and March. Koepka has a career-low 71.48 stroke average and has an 11-5 record in head to head competition against the players he has competed against who are currently ranked in the nation’s top 10. Koepka was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009. He is only the seventh player in ACC history to earn ACC Freshman and Player of the Year honors.
KOEPKA AND LAUER NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAM
Florida State’s Brooks Koepka and senior Seath Lauer were named to the All-ACC Men’s Golf Team. It marks the fourth consecutive season that two Florida State players have been named to the All-ACC Team. It also marks the first time Koepka and Lauer have earned All-ACC honors during their careers. In earning All-ACC honors, Koepka and Lauer are the seventh and eighth players to be named to the All-ACC team in the last four years. Prior to head coach Trey Jones’s arrival in 2004, the Seminoles had a total of five players earn All-ACC honors since joining the ACC for the 1992 season. Since his arrival as head coach, the Seminoles have earned eight All-ACC selections, had one player earn ACC Rookie (Koepka in 2009) and ACC Player (Koepka in 2010) of the year honors and won the ACC Championship in 2008.
LAUER’S FIRST EVENT WAS AT NOTRE DAME
Senior All-American candidate Seath Lauer played his first career event on the Warren Course at the University of Notre Dame as a freshman during the fall 2006 season. He helped the Seminoles to a fourth place team finish at the Inaugural Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic with a tied for 16th place individual finish. Lauer finished with scores of 75-73-77 to finish with a +15 over par total of 225. Lauer will play in the 43rd event of his career at Notre Dame this week.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2009/SPRING 2010) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Stks. Avg. Brooks Koepka 10 27 14 22 65 1,943 71.96 Seath Lauer 12 31 12 27 66 2,241 72.29 Doug Letson 5 14 7 11 70 1,021 72.93 Kyle Cobb 1 3 2 2 69 219 73.00 Drew Kittleson 10 28 10 22 68 2,053 73.32 Wesley Graham 10 28 9 19 68 2,058 73.50 Michael Hebert 8 22 7 13 67 1,637 74.41 Doug Letson 10 28 9 16 68 2,089 74.61 Cameron Knight 2 6 2 2 70 456 76.00