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Men’s Golf At Southwood

March 11, 2010

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The Florida State men’s golf team, which is ranked No. 8 in the most recent GolfWeek Magazine Rankings and No. 11 in the head-to-head rankings by Golfstat, plays host to the 2010 Seminole Intercollegiate at the SouthWood Golf Course in Tallahassee march 12-14, 2010. It marks the first time the event will be held at the Fred Couples designed Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have a strong history in the event after winning the team championship in 2008 and finishing in third place in 2009. The event is scheduled to take place over four days: a practice round in Thursday, tee times on the first and 10th holes beginning at 7:30 on Friday, tee times on the No. 1 and No. 10 holes beginning at Noon on Saturday and tee times on holes No. 1 and No. 10 holes beginning at 8:30 on Sunday. The teams will play 18 holes each day for a 54 hole total to determine the team and individual champions.

No. 8 Florida State is joined by Arkansas, Baylor, Cincinnati, George Mason, Georgia State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, Troy, Vanderbilt and Western Carolina in the 2010 Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Course. Southwood Golf Club is an 18-hole Fred Couples designed signature golf course. It was opened in November of 2002 has since been recognized as one of the top course in the state of Florida.

Seminole senior Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) has been named to the Watch List for the 2010 Ben Hogan Award presented by Chesapeake Energy. The Hogan Award is the most prestigious in men’s college golf and is presented annually to the top men’s player in Division I, II, or III, NAIA or NJCAA. Lauer is one of three ACC players (also Brendan Gielow of Wake Forest and Matt Hill of NC State) on the early list. The Hogan Award semifinalists will be announced April 14 and three finalists will be named on May 11. The winner of the event will be presented with the award at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on May 24.

Sophomore Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is ranked second nationally in this week collegiate rankings by GolfWeek Magazine. In five events so far this year, Koepka is ranked slightly behind Russell Hanley of Georgia. Koepka has a 23-13-1 record against golfers ranked in the nation’s top 25 and has two second place finishes this season – at the Gary Koch Invitational in the fall and at the Mauna Lani Invitational to open the spring season.

The Florida State men’s golf team finished in third place at the 2009 Seminole Intercollegiate Tournament at Golden Eagle Golf Course. The Seminoles tied for the best team score of the final day (287) and had three players finish in the top fifteen to conclude the weekend. Ryan Haselden of Vanderbilt won the individual championship was three under par to post the best individual score of a three under par total of 213. Carlos Sainz of Mississippi State finished the day two under par to finish the event in second place with a two under par score of 214. Three players tied for third to conclude the tournament with a one under par total of 215.

After a fall season that included two victories and three top-five finishes, Florida State men’s golf coach Trey Jones was named Golf Digest’s Mid-Season National Coach of the Year. Jones and his No. 8 nationally ranked Seminoles have been hungry to prove their Golf World/Nike Golf preseason ranking of No. 25 woefully underestimated what this team is capable of accomplishing this year. In their four fall starts, each player has made a significant impact on the course. Junior Drew Kittleson took home a first place finish at GolfWeek Conference Challenge, senior Seth Lauer finished third at the Olympia Fields Invitational (one of his two top 10 individual finishes of the fall season) and sophomore Brooks Koepka tied for fifth at Brickyard Intercollegiate (he also earned a pair of top five individual finishes during the fall season.)

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