June 1, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (seminoles.com) – Florida State lost to Kent State in a single hole playoff and did not advance to match play at the Division I Men’s Golf Championship at the Riviera Club. The Golden Flashes advanced with a 2 over par score against Florida State’s 3 over par score on the first sudden victory playoff hole. The two teams entered the playoff after finishing in a tie for eighth place in the team standings during three rounds of stroke play that concluded Thursday night. The Golden Flashes, as the eighth seed, will now face top seeded Alabama in the quarterfinals of match play with the national team champion being decided on Sunday.
Kent State carded four bogeys and one birdie (+2 minus the drop score) while Florida State totaled two double bogeys, one bogey and to holes at par (+3 minus the drop score).
“While we did not make some key putts this morning that does not take away from the season we had as a team,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We came here to win and competed in a manner that made that possible through three rounds. This team did everything I asked and got better each week of the season.”
Florida State earned an eighth place national finish – the second time in the last three seasons the Seminoles have finished in the top eight. The Seminoles finished in third place during the 2010 National Championship finals.
“All teams are unique and have their own identity,” said Jones. “This is a team that has not played a bad round since our tournament in March. The reason for this is they are great competitors and bounce back from that you are destined to have in golf. ”
Florida State’s eighth place finish in the National Championship finals marked the eighth time in school history – and second time under had coach Trey Jones – that the Seminoles had finished in the top eight in the national championship tournament. The Seminoles finished only 16 strokes behind first place Alabama and only 10 strokes behind second place UCLA in the final standings. The Seminoles entered the championship ranked No. 19 in the nation by GolfStat and finished as one of only two teams ranked outside of the top 10 to finish in the top right of the final standings.
“Our returning players now know what it is like to compete on this level,” said Jones. “We have some very big shoes to fill and it will be their responsibility to do that.”
Florida State in the One Hole Playoff Brooks Koepka Par Wesley Graham Par Joaquin Lolas Bogey Daniel Berger Double Bogey Chase Seiffert Double Bogey
Kent State in One Hole Playoff Kyle Kmiecik Birdie Corey Conners Bogey McKenzie Hughes Bogey Taylor Pendrith Bogey Kevin Miller Bogey