April 21, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State freshman Daniel Berger is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in third place in the team standings with one round remaining in the 59th Annual ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. Berger enters the final round only two strokes out of the individual lead while the Seminoles need to make up 15 strokes to surpass three-time defending conference champion Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech carded the best team round for the second consecutive day and leads Virginia by 11 strokes and Florida State by 15 strokes. The Seminoles are looking to win their second ACC title in school history and first since the 2008 season. Richy Werenski of Georgia Tech holds the individual lead with a two round total of 135; he carded a 6 under par score of 66 in the second round. With three players in a tie for second and three more (including Florida State’s Berger) in a tie for fifth place, the Florida State freshman is one of six players who will begin the second round within two strokes of the individual lead.
Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) carded his second consecutive under par round of 1-under par 71 and enters the final round of the tournament with a two rounds total of 137. He completed his round with 14 holes at par or better including three birdies and one eagle. Berger’s eagle came on his first hole of the day – an eagle three on the par five hole No. 1. He then birdied the par four hole No 2 to move to three strokes under par. He would finish his round with two more birdies and 10 holes scored at par to finish under par and in contention for the individual championship.
“I need to continue to stay in the present and not think about what might or could happen,” said Berger. “I need to get my putter rolling like it was in the first round. If we stick to our game plan as a team we will have a chance to win the team championship.”
Berger is tied for the team lead with 10 birdies and became the fifth Seminole (each player in the line-up) to card an eagle in this tournament.
The Seminoles were lead in the second round by junior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) who carded a career best 66 in the second round. He carded an even par 72 in the first round and is in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings with a two day total of 138. Seiffert was unflappable in the second round with one eagle, six birdies and eight more holes scored at par.
Seiffert also birdied his first hole of the afternoon (the par five hole No. 1) and moved to 4under par with an eagle, two birdies and one hole scored a par on his first four holes. He finished his front nine at 3 under par and, with three more birdies on his back nine move to 6 under par to close the round. Seiffert birdied two of his final three holes including the par five hole No. 18.
“I felt like I hit the ball well all the way around the course today,” said Seiffert. “Hitting the ball well gave me opportunities to be aggressive and attack some of the tougher pins.”
Senior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) carded a 3-under par score of 69 and is in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings with a two round total of 140. He begins play in the final round only five strokes out of the lead.
Koepka was strong throughout the second round with four birdies and only one hole carded above par. He birdied his first two holes to move to 2 strokes under par and never moved his score to or above even par. With two birdies on the back nine he moved to as many as three strokes under par – the most he has been during the 2012 ACC Tournament. Koepka has been at or below par over the course of 25 consecutive holes and has not been more than two strokes over par in the first two rounds of the event.
“We put another good team score on the board today,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Chase stepped up with a solid 66. Daniel continues to play well and Brooks was close to really getting it going today. Each day we have had a very good round; to compete in this tournament you need four good rounds and we have not done that at this point. Tomorrow provides a good opportunity for us to see if we can get all five guys playing well in the same round.”
Florida State is scheduled to tee off in the final round beginning at 11:10 EST and will play once again with Virginia and Georgia Tech.
ACC Championship/April 20-22, 2012/Second Round Florida State Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/North Course/Greensboro, N.C./Par 72 3/11. Florida State 279 280 559 T5. Daniel Berger 66 71 137 T8. Chase Seiffert 72 66 138 T13. Brooks Koepka 71 69 140 T26. Wesley Graham 70 74 144 T47. Doug Letson 74 76 150
ACC Championship/April 20-22, 2012/Second Round Team Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/North Course/Greensboro, N.C./Par 72 1. Georgia Tech 544 T7. Virginia Tech 570 2. Virginia 555 T7. Maryland 570 3. Florida State 559 9. NC State 573 4. Clemson 565 10. Wake Forest 574 5. Duke 567 11. Boston College 598 6. North Carolina 569