March 24, 2009
RANCO SANTE FE, Calif. –
No. 22 Florida State tied UCLA, 2-1-2, in its final match of the tournament and finished in a tie for third place in the team standings as play in the Callaway Match Play Championship came to a close Tuesday afternoon at the Farms Golf Club. The Seminoles were down early in their final match against the Bruins but fought back to take the lead only to have the match tied on the last hole of the match. UCLA tied the match on the final hole of the match as Philip Francis won his final hole against Florida State’s Brooks Koepka to earn a tie and complete the team match with a 2-1-2 score.
“I am proud of our guys for coming out to the west coast and competing with some of the top teams in the country,” said head coach Trey Jones. “This was a great experience with a lot of positives as we continue to prepare for the ACC Championship.”
Koepka, a freshman competing on a national stage in only his first season as a Seminole, finished match play with a 2-0-1 record after finishing in a tie for fourth place in stroke play competition. He carded an even par 144 in two rounds of stroke play to begin the tournament.
“Brooks Koepka led us the entire week and is improving every round,” said Jones. “To come out here and finish fourth in the stroke play and not lose a match shows he can compete with anyone for five straight rounds.”
Florida State’s Seath Lauer won the first match of the final round for the Seminoles as he defeated Connor Driscoll of UCLA by a 3 and 2 score. After victories by UCLA’s Gregor Main (over Florida State’s Drew Kittleson) and Beau Schoolcraft (over the Seminoles’ Cameron Knight) the drama was set for the only unfinished match between the two teams.
Koepka led the match over six of the final nine holes and never trailed before Francis tied the match on the final hole. Francis carded a five as compared to Koepka’s six on hole No. 3 to pull into a tie. The match went back and forth over the entire 18 holes with Koepka up by only as many as two consecutive holes before Francis would rally to bring the match to all square.
Seminole All-American Matt Savage won his match with a 2 and 1 victory over UCLA’s Erik Flores. He never trailed the UCLA All-American and led over the course of the final 16 holes of the match.
The Seminoles were knocked out of contention for the team title by Middle Tennessee State University in the semifinals. The Blue Raiders advanced to the finals against Indiana with a 4-1 victory over the Seminoles. Koepka was the lone victor for Florida State has he gained a 3 and 1 victory over Jason Millard of Middle Tennessee.
The Seminoles defeated No. 10 ranked Texas Tech, 3-1-1, in the first round of match play after finishing in a tie for second place in stroke play over the first two rounds of the event.
Florida State plays its final regular season match of the spring season as it travels to play in the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia on April 4-6. Kittleson will play in the Master’s Championship at Augusta National Golf Club April 6-12 and will be unavailable to play in the U.S. Collegiate Championship with for the Seminoles.
Middle Tennessee State won the championship of the event with a 4-1 victory over Indiana.
Florida State tied UCLA, 2-1-2 Gregor Main (UCLA) def. Drew Kittleson (FSU), 2 and 1 Matt Savage (FSU) def. Erik Flores (UCLA), 2 and 1 Brooks Koepka (FSU) tied Phillip Francis (UCLA), halved Beau Schoolcraft (UCLA) def. Cameron Knight (FSU), 3-2 Seath Lauer (FSU) def. Connor Driscoll (UCLA), 3 and 2
Middle Tennessee State def. Florida State, 4-1
Rick Cochran (MTSU) def. Drew Kittleson (FSU), 4 and 2
Chas Narramore (MTSU) def. Matt Savage (FSU), 7 and 6
Brooks Koepka (FSU) def. Jason Millard (MTSU), 3 and 1
Kent Bulls (MTSU) def. Cameron Knight (FSU), 2 and 1
Craig Smith (MTSU) def. Seath Lauer (FSU), 3 and 2