Oct. 4, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. –
The No. 6 ranked Florida State University men’s golf team set a 54 hole tournament record in winning the team championship of the Gary Koch Invitational at the Old memorial Golf Club as play in the three round event came to a close Sunday. The Seminoles began the day four strokes behind Texas Tech and, with the best team round of the third round, finished an amazing 16 strokes ahead of the Red Raiders in the final standings.
Seminole Senior Seath Lauer finished in second place in the individual standings as he carded a two-under par score of 70 and finished with a career-best 201 score for the three-round tournament. He finished two strokes behind Kyle Kopsick of Auburn who carded a tournament record 203 individual score.
Florida State’s victory was its second of the year after claiming the championship of the season-opening GolfWeek Conference Challenge. The Seminoles’ have earned three top five finishes this fall – first at the Gary Koch and GolfWeek Conference Challenge tournaments and fifth at the Olympia Fields Invitational. Lauer has now earned three top-10 individual finishes in the Seminoles’ three events this fall; second at the Gary Koch Invitational, tied for third at the Olympia Fields Invitational and tied for ninth at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge.
The No. 6 ranked Seminoles finished ahead of No. 9 North Carolina, No. 10 Florida and No. 16 North Florida.
“The players knew this was a big event for us for the last two weeks,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Old Memorial is a great golf course where the founders and members have been great to our program.”
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) came within two strokes of earning the first individual victory of his career. He carded a career-best 66 in the first round and 67 in the second round and held a one stroke lead over Kopsick. Despite carding a two-under par 70 in the final round he was bested by Kopsick who carded a second round 63 and a final round 66.
Sophomore Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) earned a fourth place finish with a career-best 205 score. He finished with scores of 68-70-67. Koepka came within two places of tying his career-best finish of second at the spring 2009 Florida State Spring Break Invitational.
“Seath is playing like a first team All-American and Brooks is not far behind,” said Jones. “Michael and Doug bring talent and competitive spirit to our team. Drew is really struggling with his ball striking but we know that will change during the off-season.”
Freshman Michael Hebert (Orlando, Fla.) finished in a tie for 10th place to earn to best finish of his Seminole career. He finished with scores of 70-70-71 to finish with a five under par score of 211with three scores under par in the same tournament for the first time in his career.
“We have played three events and I believe we have had the low final round in each of those tournaments,” said Jones. “That shows me a great deal about our players confidence and the great thing about winning is that it breeds confidence.”
Florida State closes its season at the Brickyard Intercollegiate at the Brickyard Golf Course in Macon, Ga. Oct. 10-12.
Gary Koch Intercollegiate/Par 72/Oct. 3-4, 2009 Old Memorial Golf Club/Tampa, Fla./Final FSU Results 1/15. Florida State 274 280 280 834 2. Seath Lauer 66 67 70 203 4. Brooks Koepka 68 70 67 205 T10. Michael Hebert 70 70 71 211 T32. Doug Letson 72 73 72 217 T59. Drew Kittleson 70 78 75 223
Gary Koch Intercollegiate/Par 72/Oct. 3-4, 2009 Old Memorial Golf Club/Tampa, Fla./Final Team Results 1. Florida State 834 9. Georgia Southern 862 2. Texas Tech 850 10. Ole Miss 866 T3. Virginia 852 11. Kentucky 870 Florida 852 12. E. Tennessee St. 871 5. North Florida 854 13. North Carolina 874 6. Augusta State 855 14. UAB 877 7. Auburn 858 15. South Florida 902 8. LSU 861