March 23, 2012
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka shot a four under par 67 and is in a tie for first place in the individual standings at the No. 21 ranked Seminole men’s golf team is in first place in the team standings after the first round of the FAU Spring Break Invitational at The Fountains Country Club. In earning a share of the individual lead, Koepka carded six birdies and was four strokes under par over his final 13 holes of the round. He has been under par in each of his last four rounds and is a total of 13 strokes under par in those four rounds dating to the beginning of the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 9.
The Seminoles are in first place in the team standings – two strokes ahead of Northern Illinois. The Seminoles and the Huskies are the only two teams in the 15 team tournament that have three players in the top 20 of the individual standings. Florida State is bidding to win its second tournament in as many outings and the eighth in the nine year tenure of head coach Trey Jones.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is playing for his second consecutive individual title after finishing in first place in the Seminole Intercollegiate. He has two career wins on his resume – at the Seminole Intercollegiate and at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship during the fall of 2011 – and is looking to win his third tournament championship in his last six events dating to the fall season. Koepka is tied with Tom Robinson of Jacksonville State and Chris Burger of Xavier for the individual lead.
Koepka continued his career long trend of playing outstanding golf as he totaled six birdies and 10 more holes at par. He birdied two of his first three holes to move to two under and was never above par during the remainder of the round. Koepka totaled four birdies on his final 13 holes to move to four under par which allowed him to take over a share of the lead with Robinson and Burger.
Koepka has now carded four consecutive rounds with scores in the 60’s and has finished with a team leading six rounds scored at 69 or better in his last 13 rounds.
Each of Kopeka’s teammates in the Seminoles’ startling line-up followed their leader as the team finished with a four under par score of 280. Senior Wesley Graham carded a one under par 70, junior Chase Seiffert finished with an even par score of 71 and Doug Letson and Kyle Cobb both came within one stroke of par as they both finished with scores of 72.
Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) also continued his stellar play as of late and is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings after carding a one under par score of 70. The senior led the Seminoles with seven birdies – four in the front side and three on the back side. Graham was two under par with two birdies on his final six holes to finish under par for the second consecutive and fourth round in his last seven during his last three tournaments.
Graham is a total of minus one stroke under par in his last seven rounds since the beginning of the USF Invitational on March 4.
Seiffert (Panama City Beach, Fla.) also continued his strong play as he carded an even par 71 – he is in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings. In finishing at even par, Seiffert carded 15 holes at par or better with three birdies and was never more than one stroke over par during the round.
Seiffert has carded scores at or below par in four consecutive and five of the last rounds since totaling a two under par 70 in the second round of the USF Invitational on March 5.
With identical scores of one over par 72 by Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Letson (Tampa, Fla.) the Seminoles counted all four scores at 72 or better with two under par, one at par and one over par.
Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings with a one under par score of 70. He is playing as an individual – and is in second place among the 15 individuals playing in the event.
The conditions on the course were perfect for scoring today,” said Jones. “Brooks had a solid start and I expect to see much better play from the rest of the guys over the next 36 holes.”
FAU Spring Break Invitational/March 23-25, 2012/First Round Florida State Results The Fountains Country Club/Lake Worth, Fla./Par 71 1/15. Florida State 280 T1. Brooks Koepka 67 T10. Wesley Graham 70 T19. Chase Seiffert 71 T27. Doug Letson 72 T27 Kyle Cobb 72 T10. Daniel Berger 70* *playing as an individual
FAU Spring Break Invitational/March 23-25, 2012/First Round Team Results The Fountains Country Club/Lake Worth, Fla./Par 71 1. Florida State 280 T8. Michigan State 293 2. Northern Illinois 282 10. Miami (Ohio) 296 3. Florida Gulf Coast 283 T11. Murray State 297 4. Jacksonville State 284 T11. Minnesota 297 T5. Ohio State 285 13. Marshall 298 T5. Xavier 285 14. Connecticut 303 7. Florida Atlantic 292 15. DePaul 307 T8. South Florida 293