March 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Chase Seiffert heads into the final day of the 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate atop the leaderboard, and the Florida State men’s golf team sits in second-place after the conclusion of Saturday’s second round at the Southwood Golf Club.
Florida State carded a 5-under 279 and sits five strokes behind Georgia Tech with a 36-hole total of 11-under 557. The Yellow Jackets tallied a 10-under 274 for round two and have a 16-under-par 552 two-day score.
Seiffert fired his second consecutive 4-under 67 on Saturday, scorching the front nine with a 3-under-par 33. He made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 and, again, on Nos. 9 and 10. Seiffert had a pair of bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, but rebounded for a birdie on No. 17 – his sixth of the afternoon.
Seiffert, (8-under 67-67=134), is one stroke ahead of defending Seminole Intercollegiate champion, Kennesaw State’s Jeff Karlsson, who followed a round-one 65 with a second-round 70.
Senior Brooks Koepka is tied for fifth after recording his second straight 2-under 69. He has a 4-under-par 138 36-hole total.
Seiffert will be looking to become the 22nd Seminole ever to grab medalist honors at a tournament and the first since Koepka accomplished that feat by snagging a four-shot victory at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship in Macon, Ga., in October.
“We’ve got two guys playing the kind of golf that can give us a chance to win,” Florida State head coach Trey Jones said. “We’re in a position that a really good round could give us an opportunity. We’re trailing an excellent golf team that isn’t going to make mistakes. It’s going to come down to what we do. That’s only what we can control anyways. We’ve got two guys playing at a level that will give us a chance to win. It depends on now what our other three guys are going to do to step up.”
Senior Wesley Graham fired a day-two 71 and has a 1-over-par 143 total to tie him for 21st with 18 holes to play. Freshman Daniel Berger is tied for 28th with a 2-over 144 after firing a second consecutive 72.
Graduate student Kyle Cobb rounds out the Seminole top five with a 3-over 145 36-hole score. He is tied for 35th.
Letson had five birdies en route to his second straight negative round, a day-two 2-under 69.
The Seminoles are 12 shots ahead of third-place Kennesaw State (1-over-par 569). Mercer (570) and Jacksonville (573) sit in fourth and fifth, respectively.
The final round of the tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. The Seminoles will begin Sunday’s final round at hole No. 1 at 9:47 a.m. with Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Mercer.
Seminole Intercollegiate/Mar. 10, 2012/Second Round FSU Results Southwood Golf Club/Tallahassee, Fla./Par 71 2/18. FSU 278-279=552 1. Chase Seiffert 67-67=134 T5. Brooks Koepka 69-69=138 T8. Doug Letson 70-69=139 T21. Wesley Graham 72-71=143 T28. Daniel Berger 72-72=144 T35. Kyle Cobb 70-75=145 T49. Joaquin Lolas 70-79=149Seminole Intercollegiate/Mar. 10, 2012/Second Round FSU Results Southwood Golf Club/Tallahassee, Fla./Par 71 1. Georgia Tech 278-274=552 10. Charlotte 283-299=582 2. Florida State 278-279=557 11. Mississippi St. 293-290=583 3. Kennesaw State 283-286=569 T12. Georgia St. 296-293=589 4. Mercer 281-289=570 T12. USF 293-296=589 5. Jacksonville 288-285=573 T14. Cincinnati 291-302-593 6. Michigan State 287-287=574 T14. James Madison 297-296=593 7. North Carolina 286-290=576 16. Toledo 296-306=602 8. Arkansas State 289-288=577 17. Florida Atlantic 303-302=605 9. Troy 292-289=581 18. Boston College 305-314=619