May 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 10 ranked Florida State men’s golf team was selected to 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.
A total of six regional championships will be played in order to determine the top 30 teams and the top 10 individuals not on those top 30 teams that will advance to the NCAA Championship finals at the Honors Course at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn., June 1-4, 2010. A total of 81 teams and 30 individuals have been selected to play in the six regional championships. In three of those regional championships, a total of 13 teams and five individuals will compete while in the remaining three regional championships a total of 14 teams and five individuals will compete to advance to the championship finals.
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.
“Earning the No. 3 seed in the regional championship is a testimony to how hard our players have worked this season,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We designed our schedule to allow our guys to play against not only the best players and teams in the nation but on the toughest courses in order to put ourselves in a good position in the post season. Our players, to their credit, were successful – they played well and won tournaments – and have put themselves in a good position to play in well in the NCAA Tournament.”
Florida State is one of eight teams in the nation that has won three or more events this year with victories in the Inaugural GolfWeek Challenge (fall), the Gary Koch Intercollegiate (fall) and the Seminole Intercollegiate (spring) and has earned a total of eight top five finishes in its 12 events. The Seminoles have won more events in the last three seasons (seven) than had been won by the program in the previous nine seasons (six) before Jones arrival for the 2003-04 season. Florida State needs one more team championship to match its recent season-high total of four team championships during the 1994-95 season.
Florida State is led by sophomore Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) who was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year along with Ben Kohles of the University of Virginia. Koepka is only the second player in school history to earn ACC Player of the Year honors in the sport of men’s golf (Bobby Cochran in 1994). Koepka earned All-ACC honors along with senior captain Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) to mark the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles have had two players named to the All-ACC team.
Koepka will play in his second consecutive regional championship after leading the Seminoles at the Southeast Regional Championship last year. He finished with a one under par score of 212 in regional competition as a freshman at the red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
Lauer, the Seminoles’ elder statesman will play in his fourth career NCAA regional championship. He has earned two top 35 finishes in his pervious regional appearances and helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Championship finals in 2007.
Koepka and Lauer are the Seminoles’ leading golfers with stroke averages of 71.96 and 72.29 respectively. Koepka is the No. 18 ranked individual golfer in the nation according to GolfStat.
Florida State finished in a tie for seventh at the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship. Koepka led Florida State in that event as he finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings.
“We have developed into a good team because of how hard we worked in August and September,” said Jones. “It’s now up to us as coaches and players to be the best we can be in May and June and that’s what we started working for before classes began last summer. Every team in college golf is good at this time of the year; we just have to go out and prove that we are better.”
NCAA NOTRE DAME REGIONAL TEAMS: Stanford, Florida, Florida State, 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) (by order of seeds)