Dec. 27, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University senior golfer Brooks Koepka, who is currently the No. 5 ranked collegiate golfer by GolfWeek Magazine, will compete in the Patriot All-American Invitational at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Az., Dec. 28-30. The inaugural 54-hole event features the top men’s golfers who were selected primarily based on earning All-America honors during the 2011 collegiate season – Koepka was a Southeast Regional All-American selection in 2011 and was an All-American Third Team selection in 2010.
The field features 84 collegiate golfers from across the nation, and includes 21 of the world’s top-100 ranked amateurs. The Patriot All-America will be hosted by the Arizona Golf Association with invitations administered by the GCAA. Invitations to the Patriot All-America will be primarily based on individuals earning PING All-America honors the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, a member from the United States Military, Naval and Air Force Academies will be invited annually as well as GCAA national award recipients, members of the most recent Palmer Teams and AJGA All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled in their freshman year of college.
The event tees off at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with the first 18 holes. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The awards ceremony is scheduled for late Friday afternoon.
In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, each participant in the Patriot All-America Invitational will represent a fallen service member. Every player received a golf bag at the Tuesday’s opening ceremony with the name and branch of service of a fallen military member whom they will represent. At the conclusion of the event these golf bags will be auctioned with all proceeds designated for the Folds of Honor Foundation which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Koepka is representing Air Force Major Paul R. Smith.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is Florida State’s team captain and one of the top senior golfers in all of college golf. He won his first collegiate individual title at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship during the fall of 2011 where he was a combined 11 under par for the tournament and finished nine strokes ahead of the second place finisher. He is currently the nation’s No. 5 ranked golfer by GolfWeek Magazine and the No. 12 ranked golfer by GolfStat and was ranked as high a No. 3 nationally during the fall 2011 season. Koepka has been ranked No. 1 during his collegiate career (2009 as a sophomore) and is currently the highest ranked golfer in the ACC.
He was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2010 — an honor he shared with Ben Kohles of Virginia – and was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009. He is one of only seven players in league history to be named both the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Freshman of the Year during his career and only the second player in school history to earn ACC Player of the Year honors along with Christian Raynor in 1994. As a senior, he is looking to join Matt Savage (2007, 08, 09) as the only Seminole to earn All-ACC honors three times during his career. Koepka has two top 20 career NCAA regional championship finishes (tied for sixth in 2009 and 19th in 2011) and two top 10 ACC Championship finishes (tied for fifth in 2010 and tied for 10th in 2011) during his career.