Oct. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
No. 7 Florida State concludes its fall season as it travels to play in the 6th Annual U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., Oct. 23-25. The Seminoles are fresh from a second place finish at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship and have earned two top six team finishes in their first two tournaments of the fall season. The U.S. Collegiate Championship will be played by 11 of the top 30 and 13 of the top 55 teams in the latest GolfStat national rankings. The Seminoles are ranked No. 7 nationally by GolfStat – its highest ranking of the fall after beginning the season unranked. Florida State will open its spring season at the Gator Invitational Feb. 11-12, 2012.
THE U.S. COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
No. 7 Florida State is joined by No. 4 Auburn, No. 6 Washington, No. 12 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Virginia, No. 14 Kent State, No. 19 Clemson, No. 24 UCLA, No. 26 Texas A&M, No. 27 Duke, No. 29 Iowa, East Tennessee State, Southern California and Wake Forest in the 6th Annual U.S. Collegiate Championship. The three-day, 54 hole tournament will be played on the Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course which opened in 1990 and was labeled as one of the nation’s top private courses in America in 1991. Georgia Tech, the host school, is the defending tournament champion as the Yellow Jackets ran away with the team championship in 2010. James White, who led Georgia Tech to the team championship last year, will defend his individual title this week.
KOPEKA WINS AT BRICKYARD; NOW RANKED 3RD NATIONALLY
Senior Brooks Koepka, who won the individual title at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship earlier this month, enters the U.S. Collegiate Championship as the nation’s No. 3 ranked golfer by GolfWeek Magazine. He is the highest ranked golfer in the ACC and trails only teammates Dylan Frittelli and Jordan Spieth of the University of Texas in the national rankings. Koepka has an 8-3 record against golfers ranked in the top 10 in the nation and has the fourth highest winning percentage of the golfers ranked in the top 10 against the golfers ranked in the top 10. He is also the No. 10 ranked Individual golfer according to GolfStat. It marks the second time during his career that he has been this highly ranked; he was ranked as the nation’s top golfer during the spring of his sophomore season.
KOEPKA’S WIN AT THE BRICKYARD
Senior Brooks Koepka’s individual title at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship was the first by a Seminole since Seath Lauer earned medalist honors at the spring 2010 Seminole Intercollegiate. Koepka became the 13th Seminole since the 1994 season to win at least one individual championship during his career and has the opportunity to become the Seminoles’ first multiple winner since Bobby Cochran won two tournament titles in the 1993-94 fall and spring seasons. Koepka’s score of minus 11 strokes vs. par was tied for the second best individual score vs. par in the eight-year tenure of Seminole head coach Trey Jones. His overall score of 205 was tied for the third best score in the last eight years by any Seminole player.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE AT THE BRICKYARD COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State earned its best team round score (vs. par and gross score) as well as its best overall tournament score of the fall season with an 865 in finishing in second place at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship. The Seminoles were one over par for the entire tournament. The individual accomplishments were also numerous during the Brickyard Championship. Brooks Koepka’s first career individual win came as he shot his best single round score of this season with a 66 in the first round . He also shot scores of 70 and 69 in the second and third rounds to finish with an overall score of 11 under par 205. Sophomore Bjorn Hellgren, who was playing as an individual, finished in fifth place in the individual standings with a score of 212. Junior Doug Letson earned a sixth placed finish with a two under par score of 69 in the first and third rounds of the event.
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Combined Fall 2011) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Brooks Koepka 2 6 4 6 66 420 70.00 Bjorn Hellgren 1 3 3 3 69 212 70.67 Doug Letson 2 6 2 5 69 435 72.50 Wesley Graham 2 6 1 5 71 440 73.33 Daniel Berger 2 6 0 4 73 447 74.50 Kyle Cobb 1 3 0 2 75 226 75.33 Joaquin Lolas 2 6 1 4 71 452 75.33