Oct. 23, 2011
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Senior Brooks Koepka and freshman Daniel Berger are in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings and the No. 7 ranked Florida State men’s golf team is in fifth place in the team standings after the first round of the U.S. Collegiate Championships on the Lakeside Course at the Golf Club of Georgia. Koepka and Berger shot identical first round scores of two under par 70 and begin play in the second round only four strokes out of the individual lead. The Seminoles are also just four strokes behind the overall team leaders Southern California and Auburn.
Southern California, which is one of only two teams not ranked in the top 40 teams in the nation by Golfstat playing in the event, counted four scores at 73 or better including a six under par score of 66 by Steve Lim. Lim scored seven birdies and only one bogey in taking the first round individual lead. Auburn, the highest ranked team in the field at No. 4, has two players in the top 10 of the individual standings including Dominic Bozzelli who shot a five under par 67. Bozzelli is in a tie for second place in the individual standings.
“I am proud of the way these guys came out and competed in the opening round,” said head coach Trey Jones. “I am looking forward to seeing if we can go out in the morning and play another solid round. The competitive spirit and the chemistry of this group is very good.”
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.), who won his first collegiate individual championship at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship in early October, shot his fifth consecutive round at 70 or better and he finished with a two under par 70. He birdied his first hole of the day and remained under par for the entire round – he was as many as three strokes under par on the day. Koepka birdied four of his final eight holes of the round including his final hole of the day to finish at two under par.
Koepka is the No. 3 ranked individual golfer in the nation.
“Brooks is playing at a really high level of golf right now,” said Jones. “We will need him to have at least one good round in the next two
Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) also carded a two under par score of 70. He is tied with Koepka and only stroke from moving into the top five and only four strokes out of the lead. He carded a team high six birdies and was also never above par for the round. Berger earned a birdie on his first round and was three under par over the final 10 holes of his round with four birdies.
“Daniel is gaining confidence with every round he plays,” said Jones.
Sophomore Bjorn Hellgren (Vasteras, Sweden) is in a tie for 13th place after carding a one under par 71 in the first round. He carded four birdies during the round, was never above par and carded two birdies on his final three holes to move up the leader board and into the top 15 of the individual standings.
“Bjorn is a very talented player who has improved a great deal over the last eight months and has the potential to have a very good year for us,” said Jones
The Seminoles are in third place among the six ACC teams playing the in the event and trail only Duke (by three strokes) and Georgia Tech (by two strokes) in the race the conference supremacy in the final event of the fall season..
Florida State will tee off at 9:50 a.m. on Monday and will play with Southern California and Clemson.
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Oct. 23-25, 2011/First Round Florida State Results Golf Club of Georgia/Lakeside Course/Alpharetta, Ga./Par 72 5/14. Florida State 286 T9. Brooks Koepka 70 T9. Daniel Berger 70 T13. Bjorn Hellgren 71 T43. Joaquin Lolas 75 T51. Doug Letson 76
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Oct. 23-25, 2011/First Round Team Results Golf Club of Georgia/Lakeside Course/Alpharetta, Ga./Par 72 T1. Southern California 282 8. Iowa 293 T1. Auburn 282 9. Clemson 294 3. Duke 283 T10. Wake Forest 295 4. Georgia Tech 284 T10. Kent State 295 5. Florida State 288 12. Virginia 297 T6 UCLA 289 13. Texas A&M 300 T6. Washington 289 14. East Tennessee State 304