May 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Brooks Koepka was named the ACC Men’s Golfer of the Year for the second time in his career and he and Seminole junior Chase Seiffert were named to the All-ACC Men’s Golf team as selected by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. Koepka, who was named the ACC Co-Player of the Year in 2010, is only the sixth player in ACC history to be named the league’s Golfer of the Year multiple times and is only the third player in ACC history to earn multiple ACC Golfer of the Year honors and ACC Freshman of the Year honors during his career. He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009.
Koepka was also named to the All-ACC team for the third time in his career – making him the second player in school history to earn All-ACC honors three times. Seiffert was named to the All-ACC team for the first time in his career in only his first season as a Seminole.
“I am very humbled to win this award for the second time in my career,” said Koepka. “It means a lot because it is voted on by the coaches in the ACC and the ACC is considered by most people to be the best conference in college golf. It means a lot to our program and says a great deal about the leadership of Coach Jones. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me and how much he has helped me improve as a player. I am forever indebted to him and Florida State University for allowing me to enjoy my career both academically and athletically.”
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is the highest ranked golfer in the ACC and ranked 13th nationally in the most recent GolfStat Cup standings and by GolfWeek Magazine. He leads the ACC with a career low 70.70 stroke average in 27 rounds during nine tournaments and leads the Seminoles in stroke average and rounds played at par or better (16). Koepka is a cumulative total of minus 21 strokes under par in his last five tournaments and has three individual wins this season including two (at the Seminole Intercollegiate and the FAU Spring Break Invitational) in his last four events.
“The most impressive thing about Brooks is that as good as he was as a freshman, he has improved tremendously throughout his career and is a much more well-rounded golfer as a senior,” said head coach Trey Jones. “It’s obvious that the best college golf is played in the ACC and for him to be named to the ACC Player of the Year twice and the ACC Freshman of the year during his career is an incredible testament to his drive and his ability. His ability to continue to improve during his career is going to make him an elite golfer in the future.”
Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) is the eighth ranked ACC golfer in the GolfStat Cup standings with a 71.56 stroke average in 18 rounds during six events in his first season as a Seminole. He finished in second place in the individual standings at the Seminole Intercollegiate and in a tie for third place in the individual standings at the Gator Invitational.
“Being named to the All-ACC team is a great honor and something I certainly did not expect to earn in my first season at Florida State,” said Seiffert. “For me to be named All-ACC is testament to Coach Jones, my teammates and the program at Florida State. It’s truly amazing what being at Florida State University has done for me personally and I hope that I can show my sincere gratitude by performing well in the classroom and on the golf course for the people who have helped me receive this honor during my career as a student-athlete.”
“I’m not sure I have seen a player improve in one year more than Chase,” said Jones. “Once he proved to himself that he could play with the top golfers in the league that was all he needed to build his confidence and convince himself that he could be successful at this level. I expect him to continue to move his cam forward and begin winning tournaments.”
The Seminoles will play in their school record seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Championship at the University of Oklahoma’s Jimmie Austin Golf Course May 17-19. The Seminoles are looking to advance to the NCAA National Championship round for the second time in the last three seasons after finishing a school best third nationally in 2010.
2012 All-ACC Men's Golf Team Name School Yr. Hometown Brooks Koepka Florida State Sr. Wellington, Fla. Chase Seiffert Florida State Jr. Panama City, Fla. Corbin Mills Clemson Jr. Anderson, S.C. Julian Suri Duke Jr. St. Augustine, Fla. James White Georgia Tech Sr. Acworth, Ga. Anders Albertson Georgia Tech Fr. Woodstock, Ga. Bo Andrews Georgia Tech So. Raleigh, N.C. Albin Choi NC State So. Toronto, Ontario, Canada Denny McCarthy Virginia Fr. Rockville, Md. Ben Kohles Virginia Sr. Cary, N.C. Ben Rusch Virginia So. Weinfelden, Switzerland Lee Bedford Wake Forest Sr. Cary, N.C.
ACC Player of the Year
Brooks Koepka, Florida State
ACC Freshman of the Year
Denny McCarthy, Virginia
ACC Coach of the Year
Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech
Multiple ACC Golfer of the Year Award Winners Brooks Koepka Florida State 2010, 2012 Ben Kohles Virginia 2010, 2011 Ryan Blaum Duke 2005, 2006 Bill Haas Wake Forest 2003, 2004 Bryce Molder Georgia Tech 1999, 2000, 2001 David Duval Georgia Tech 1992, 1993ACC Player of the Year /ACC Freshman of the Year Brooks Koepka Florida State 2010, 2012 (Payer) / 2009 (Freshman) Bill Haas Wake Forest 2003, 2004 (Player) / 2001 (Freshman) Bryce Molder Georgia Tech 1999, 2000, 2001 (Player) / 1998 (Freshman)