March 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which is ranked 23rd nationally in the most recent poll by GolfStat, travels to play in the Florida Atlantic University Spring Break Invitational at the Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., March 23-25. The Seminoles will compete in the three-day, 15-team tournament looking to win their second consecutive tournament title after earning the team victory at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Florida State captured both team and individual titles as Seminole captain Brooks Koepka earned his first career individual championship with a nine under par score of 204 to take a one stroke victory over teammate Chase Seiffert. Beginning with the FSU Spring Break Invitational, the Seminoles will play in one more regular season event (the Gary Koch Invitational April 7-8) before beginning postseason play at the ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. (April 20-22).
THE 2012 FLORIDA ATLANTIC INVITATIONAL FIELD
No. 23 Florida State is joined by Connecticut, DePaul, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, Minnesota, Murray State, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, USF and Xavier in the fourth annual FAU Spring Break Invitational. The event will be played at the Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., — a Robert Von Hagge and Bruce W. Devlin designed course which was opened in 1972. Ohio State returns to defend the team title it won in 2011. The Buckeyes, though, return without 2011 medalist Brad Smith who finished his collegiate career at the end of the 2011 spring season.
KOEPKA EARNS FIRST CAREER CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Brooks Koepka, a Ben Hogan Award nominee as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, earned his first collegiate win at the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Course in Florida State’s most recent tournament. He carded a three round score of 204 – the best of his career by one stroke. He carded a near career best 66 in the final round of the event – just one stroke from tying his career of 65 which he has carded twice in his career – at the Mauna Lani Invitational in the spring of 2010 and at the Florida State Spring Break Invitational in the spring of 2009.
SEIFFERT CONTINUES TO PLAY TOP FLIGHT GOLF
Junior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) finished in second place in the individual standings at the Seminole Intercollegiate to earn the highest finish of his Seminole career. Seiffert finished in a tie for third place the Gator Invitational (Feb. 11-12) and topped that placing as he finished in second at the Seminole Intercollegiate. He earned career best statistics for finish (second), single round score (67 in the first and second rounds), 36 hole score (134), tournament score (205) and tournament score vs. par (minus eight) at the Seminoles only home tournament of the year.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINS UNDER HEAD COACH Trey Jones
Florida State head coach Trey Jones has led the Seminoles to seven victories in his first nine seasons as the head coach in Tallahassee. Each of those seven tournament victories have come in the last four years and includes the first ACC Championship in school history (spring 2008).
FLORIDA STATE TO HOST 2013 NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State University and Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee will serve as one of six host sites for the 2013 Men’s Golf Championships. The Seminoles will serve as one of six site hosts – along with Arizona State, Arkansas, Louisiana State, Ohio State and Washington State – for the regional championships leading up to the NCAA Championship finals.
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Fall 2011 / Spring 2012) Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Brooks Koepka 6 18 9 16 66 1,278 71.00 Chase Seiffert 3 9 3 9 67 638 70.89 Bjorn Hellgren 2 6 4 4 69 436 72.67 Wesley Graham 5 15 7 13 70 1,092 72.80 Kyle Cobb 3 9 3 5 68 658 73.11 Doug Letson 5 15 6 11 69 1,097 73.13 Daniel Berger 5 15 5 11 69 1,112 74.13 Joaquin Lolas 6 18 4 13 70 1,354 75.22