May 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s golf team will make its school record seventh consecutive NCAA Championships appearance is it has been selected to play in the NCAA Oklahoma Regional Championship at the Jimmie Austin / University of Oklahoma Golf Course May 17-19, 2012. A total of 81 teams and 45 individuals not among those 81 teams will compete for the opportunity to advance to the National Championship round at the Riveria Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 29-June 3.
The Seminoles’ selection marks the seventh consecutive season (each year since 2006) that the Seminoles have played in the NCAA Championship tournament. The Seminoles will need to finish as one of the top five teams in the region to advance to the national championship round for the second time in the last three seasons and the third time since 2007. Florida State finished in third place at the national championships in 2010.
Trey Jones, whose seven NCAA appearances as the Seminoles’ head coach is second only to the nine appearances by the legendary Don Veller, has now led seven of his first nine teams to the NCAA Championship tournament.
“We have worked on improvement throughout the season,” said Jones. “This is the beginning of the culmination of our hard work – it’s the first step. We are going prepare well for the regional championship and feel that our hard work will pay off with a trip to the nationals. We have drawn a tough regional but our guys have prepared as well as any team I have ever had and are excited to continue their careers in the NCAA Championship.
Florida State’s selection to the 2012 NCAA Championship marks the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Seminoles’ senior class of Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) and Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.). Koepka and Graham are only the sixth senior class in school history to play in four NCAA championships during their careers as Seminoles with four of this six classes coming as players under Jones.
“Playing in four consecutive NCAA Championships is a goal we set for ourselves when we decided to come to Florida State,” said Koepka. “Now that we have achieved that goal we have work hard to reach another one of our goals – winning a national championship. We think we have the players to accomplish our ultimate goal; we are very excited to be in the position we are in.”
The Seminoles enter the NCAA East Regional Championship ranked 23rd nationally by GolfStat and 24th by GolfWeek Magazine. The Seminoles finished in third place at the ACC Championship in April and earned two team titles (at the FAU Spring Break Invitational and the Seminole Intercollegiate to go along with three more top five team finishes. Koepka, the 14th ranked player in the nation by GolfStat, has won three individual titles this season – at the Brickyard Collegiate, the FAU Spring Break Invitational and the Seminole Intercollegiate. He enters the NCAA Championships averaging a career low 70.70 strokes in nine tournaments.
OKLAHOMA REGIONAL FIELD (LISTED BY SEEDS): Texas, Georgia Tech, Washington, Florida State, Oklahoma, St. Mary’s (California), Illinois, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina, San Diego, Arizona, Sacramento State, IUPUI, Loyola (Chicago).