May 16, 2009
SORRENTO, Fla. –
Florida State freshman Brooks Koepka carded a three-under par 68 – his third consecutive round in the 60’s – and finished in tie for sixth place in the individual standings and the Seminoles men’s golf team finished in a tie for seventh place in the team standings as play in the NCAA Southeast Regional at the Red Tail Golf Club came to a close Saturday afternoon. Neither Koepka (as an individual) nor Florida State (as a team) advanced to the NCAA Championship finals round.
UCF, which led wire-to-wire, won the regional championship with an 11 stoke victory over Georgia, Arizona and South Carolina. The Knights, Bulldogs, Wildcats and Gamecocks along with Iowa finished as the top five teams and qualified to play in the NCAA Championship round at Inverness May 27-30.
“While I am disappointed not to advance to the finals I am proud of the way our guys competed today,” said head coach Trey Jones. “They left everything on the course and each player went to the 18th tee focused and determined to do their part. Overall we did not capitalize on our good shots and let too many opportunities get away. I kept waiting for their putters to catch fire but they never did.”
Koepka led the Seminoles through the three round tournament with scores of 69-69-68 for a three round total of seven under par 206. In 54 holes played during the tournament, Koepka carded 53 holes at par or better with eight birdies and only one bogey. Koepka’s only above par hole came on the 18th and final hole of the second round.
Koepka’s score of 68 in the third round was the second best by a Seminole during the tournament. He birdied his first hole and was under par throughout the three-round event. Koepka played so well in fact that he was never above par at any time during the first regional of his career.
“Brooks’ performance this week shows a positive outlook to next year’s team,” said Jones. “If you look at where Brooks was as a player in August and where he is now, you can see his best golf is in the near future.”
Senior All-American Matt Savage played the final round of his career at even par 71 and finished with a three under par score of 210. He finished in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings. Savage carded a team-leading five under par in the first round of the event.
“It was tough for me to walk Matt’s final holes with him today,” said Jones. “He has meant so much to me, my family, our golf program and athletic department over the past four years. He is such a special person with many intangibles that I hope my son will possess. Matt’s competitive spirit and integrity will be past on to future teams.”
Sophomore Drew Kittleson played his best round of the regional as he carded an even par 71. He was seven over par after the first two rounds and finished with a seven over par total of 220. Junior Cameron Knight carded a 74 in the final round and finished with a 219 total. Knight carded an even par score of 71 in the first round.
NCAA Southeast Regional/Par 71/May 14-16, 2009 Red Tail Golf Club/Sorrento, Fla./Final Florida State Results T7/14. Florida State T6. Brooks Koepka 69 69 68 206 T23. Matt Savage 66 73 71 210 T33. Seath Lauer 71 70 71 212 T55. Cameron Knight 71 74 74 219 T60. Drew Kittleson 71 78 71 220
NCAA Southeast Regional/Par 71/May 14-16, 2009 Red Tail Golf Club/Sorrento, Fla./Final Team Results 1. UCF 818 T7. Charlotte 844 2. Georgia 829 9. Kentucky 845 T2. Arizona 829 10. Georgia Southern 847 T2. South Carolina 829 11. Augusta State 854 5. Iowa 837 12. Indiana 855 6. Georgia State 843 13. Campbell 862 T7. Florida State 844 14. Loyola (Md.) 888