April 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
No. 24 Florida State, which is tied for the ACC lead in team titles this year with two, travels to play in the 59th Annual ACC Championship tournament at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. April 20-22,looking to win the second ACC championship in the sport of men’s golf in school history. The Seminoles won the first ACC championship in the sport of golf in 2008. Florida State has finished in fifth place in this event in the last two seasons and has finished in fifth or higher in four of the last five seasons including winning the team championship in 2008 for the first time in school history.
THE 2012 ACC TOURNAMENT FIELD
No. 24 Florida State is joined by No. 12 Georgia Tech, No. 17 Duke, No. 20 Virginia, No. 21 Clemson, Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech in the 59th Annual ACC Championship tournament at the Par 72, 7,102 yard course at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. The Seminoles have defeated six of the eight teams in the event at least once this season. The Seminoles did not defeat Clemson and did not face NC State during either the fall 2011 or spring 2012 season. The event will be played over three days with 18 holes scheduled for each day. Georgia Tech is the three time defending champion while Paul Haley of the Yellow Jackets won the individual title in 2011. Haley graduated in 2011 and will not return to defend his individual championship in 2012.
SEMINOLES’ KOEPKA A FAVORITE FOR ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka is one of the favorites to earn ACC Player of the Year in 2012. Koepka enters the ACC Championship ranked second in the ACC with a career low 70.71 stroke average, has the lowest single round score (63 in the third round of the Seminole Intercollegiate) and carded a program record 199 tournament score to win the Seminole Intercollegiate.
KOEPKA COMPETING FOR ALL-ACC HONORS
Senior Brooks Koepka (who earned All-ACC honors in 2010 and 2011) is competing again this season to earn All-ACC honors for the third time in his career. The Seminoles’ top golfer and is looking to become only the second player in school history to earn All-ACC honors three times during his career.
FLORIDA STATE’S ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HISTORY
Florida State won the 2008 ACC Men’s Golf Championship to mark the first time the Seminoles had finished higher than third in the championship since joining the league for the 1991-92 academic year. The Seminoles finished first in 2008 ACC Championship, third in 1994, fourth in the 1996 event and tied for fourth in 2007 for its four best finishes since joining the conference. The Seminoles participated in their first ACC Tournament in 1992 and this season will mark their 21st ACC Championship as a member of the conference. Jonas Blixt (medalist, 208 score in 2007), Bobby Cochran (second place, 212 score in 1994), Christian Raynor (second place, 211 score in 1995) and George McNeil (second place, 212 score in 1996) have earned the top individual finishes for the Seminoles during ACC Championship play.
SEMINOLES ON A ROLL
Florida State’s starting line-up at the 2012 ACC Championship (Brooks Koepka, Doug Letson, Wesley Graham, Chase Seiffert, and Daniel Berger) is a cumulative total of 25 strokes UNDER par in their last three events.
Seminoles' ACC Line-Up In The Last Three Events Player vs. Par Best Finish Brooks Koepka -20 1 (twice) Doug Letson -5 3 Wesley Graham -2 2 Chase Seiffert E 2 Daniel Berger +2 T11
SEMINOLES’ TOP THREE FINISHES
Senior Brooks Koepka led a parade of Seminoles in the top three of the individual standings at the FAU Spring Break Invitational with his first place finish; he was followed by senior Wesley Graham in second place and junior Doug Letson in third place. It marked the first time since the Seminoles won the 1984 Metro Conference Tournament that the Seminoles earned the top three individual places in a tournament. Brian Kamm, Tom Krystyn and Greg Fleischer finished 1-2-3 to lead the Seminoles to the conference championship.
KOEPKA AND GRAHAM ARE ACC REGULARS
Senior Brooks Koepka, the ACC Player of the Year favorite, will play in the school record tying fourth ACC Championship tournament this weekend. He will look to become the first player in school history to earn three top 10 ACC finishes following a tied for fifth place finish in 2010 and a tied for 10th place finish in 2011. In addition, Senior Wesley Graham will play in his third career ACC Championship and junior Doug Letson in his second. Junior Chase Seiffert and freshman Daniel Berger will play in their first career ACC Championships this weekend.
Brooks Koepka ENTERING THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP…
…Is 20 strokes under par since the start of the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 9. He finished the Seminole Intercollegiate nine strokes under par, the FAU Spring Break Invitational 14 strokes under par and the three over par at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate;
…Has carded six of his last nine rounds in the 60’s with a school record tying 63 coming in the final round of the FAU Spring Break Invitational;
…Has finished in the top 10 of the individual standings in three consecutive tournaments and in four of seven events this season.
…Has won the individual title at two of his last three and three of his last seven events.
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Fall 2011 / Spring 2012) Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Brooks Koepka 8 24 13 23 63 1,697 70.71 Chase Seiffert 5 15 7 14 67 1,075 71.67 Wesley Graham 7 21 11 18 67 1,522 72.48 Bjorn Hellgren 2 6 4 4 69 436 72.67 Doug Letson 7 21 10 17 68 1,522 72.48 Daniel Berger 7 21 7 17 69 1,543 73.48 Kyle Cobb 4 12 4 9 68 885 73.75 Joaquin Lolas 6 18 2 12 70 1,354 75.22