March 24, 2012
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
With two golfers now in the top 10 of the individual standings – Brooks Koepka and Wesley Graham – the Florida State men’s golf team extended its lead in the team standings to seven strokes over Northern Illinois after two rounds of the Florida Atlantic Spring Break Invitational at the Fountains Country Club. The Seminoles lead the Huskies by seven strokes and Jacksonville State by eight strokes as they play for their second consecutive tournament championship after claiming the team championship at last week’s Seminole Intercollegiate.
Koepka – who won the individual title at the Seminole Intercollegiate – is in a tie for first place in the individual standings with Thomas Dunne of Northern Illinois as he plays for his third career individual title. Koepka has carded a two under par score of 69 and is tied with Dunne with scores of 136 through 36 of the first 54 holes of the tournament.
“Each of our players did some positive things today,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We are getting closer to putting a good round on the board. We need to continue to be patient with our putters as this course can give you a lot of good looks at birdies. I am looking forward to seeing if we are gaining confidence and improving as the tournament progresses.”
The Seminoles finished with a team score of eight under par 276 as they counted all four scores at par of better. Florida State was led by senior Wesley Graham (67), senior Brooks Koepka (69), junior Doug Letson (69) and junior Chase Seiffert (71) as it carded its second-best team round of the year. Three of the Seminoles’ five golfers in their starting line-up are under par after two rounds while another is sitting at par with 18 holes remaining to be played. Freshman Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings with a two rounds total of two under par 140 with under par scores of 70 in the first and second rounds. Berger is playing as an individual and his score does not count toward the team score.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) continued his hold on first place as he carded a two under par 69 to go with his 67 in the first round. After a tough start to the second round as he dropped into as low as sixth place in the individual standings, Koepka turned his game around as he made the turn to the back nine. He was three under par on the back nine with four birdies to finish the round with a score 60’s for the fifth consecutive round.
“I didn’t really feel as if I had my best stuff today,” said Koepka. “I feel like I battled back to make something out of nothing. We had a nice stretch there as a team in the middle of the round. I am looking forward to bouncing back and playing well and finishing strong tomorrow. I am also looking forward to our team playing well because everybody seems to be playing with confidence right now.”
Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) tied his career best with a four under par score of 67 in the second round. He has a total of 137and moved into a tie for third place in the individual standings. Graham is only one stroke behind Koepka and Dunne and is tied with Chris Mory of Michigan State for third place in the individual standings. He led the Seminoles as he scored 16 of his 18 holes at par or better including four birdies and an eagle three on the par five third hole. His eagle moved him to three under par early in the round and helped him finish with his four under par score.
Graham is looking to win his first career tournament champion as a Seminole – his best finish of tied for second came at the NCAA Central Regional Championship in the spring of 2010.
Letson (Tampa, Fla.) carded a two under par score of 69 – coming up just one stroke short of tying his career best – and moved into a tie for 14th place in the individual standings with a two day total of 141. Letson carded five birdies (as compared to three in the first round) as he improved his scored by three strokes.
Florida State will play with Northern Illinois and Jacksonville beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning as they play for the eighth tournament championship during the nine year tenure of Jones in Tallahassee.
FAU Spring Break Invitational/March 23-25, 2012/Second Round Florida State Results The Fountains Country Club/Lake Worth, Fla./Par 71 1/15. Florida State 280 276 556 T1. Brooks Koepka 67 69 136 T9. Wesley Graham 70 67 137 T14. Doug Letson 72 69 141 T19. Chase Seiffert 71 71 142 T39. Kyle Cobb 72 74 146 T9. Daniel Berger 70 70 140* *playing as an individual
FAU Spring Break Invitational/March 23-25, 2012/Second Round Team Results The Fountains Country Club/Lake Worth, Fla./Par 71 1. Florida State 556 9. Michigan State 580 2. Northern Illinois 563 10. Connecticut 585 3. Jacksonville State 564 11. Miami (Ohio) 585 4. Ohio State 566 12. Minnesota 587 5. Florida Gulf Coast 567 13. Florida Atlantic 590 6. Xavier 568 14. Murray State 593 7. South Florida 518 15. DePaul 599 8. Marshall 579