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Seminoles To NCAA Finals

May 28, 2010

The No. 11 ranked Florida State men’s golf team will make its second appearance in the last four years in the NCAA Championship finals as it travels to play at The Honors Course at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga June 1-6, 2010. It marks the second time since the 2007 season and second time under seventh-year head coach Trey Jones that the Seminoles will play in the NCAA finals. The tournament will be played in two stages: stroke play over the first three days to determine the individual champion and the top eight teams that will participate in match play. Once the top eight teams are decided, those teams will play three days of match play to determine the national championship team. Florida State finished in 13th place at the 2007 NCAA finals. The Seminoles qualified to play in the finals with a second place finish in the NCAA Central Regional Championship finals May 20-22 at the Warren Course at the University of Notre Dame. The Seminoles’ best finish in the NCAA Championship came in 1957 as they finished in fourth place. More recently, the Seminoles finished in seventh place in the national championship finals in both 1987 and 1995.

Florida State, which is been seeded 10th in the 2010 NCAA Championship finals as determined by the NCAA men’s Golf Committee, is joined by No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Washington, No. 5Texas, No. 6 Texas Tech, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Southern California, No. 9 Augusta State, No. 11 Clemson, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Florida, No. 14 Georgia Tech, No. 15 UNLV, No. 16 Kent State, No. 17 TCU, No. 18 San Diego, No. 19 California, No. 20 Arizona State, No. 21 Oregon State, No. 22 North Florida, No. 23 Duke, No. 24 Tennessee, No. 25 Penn State, No. 26 Virginia, No. 27 Illinois, No. 28 Illinois, No. 29 Baylor and No. 30 Georgia Southern in the 2010 NCAA Championship finals.

Florida State will make its 19th appearance in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship finals as it plays in the championship finals at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. The Seminoles first appeared in the NCAA Championship finals in 1956 and most recently made an NCAA finals appearance in 2007. The best finish by a Seminole men’s golf team came in 1957 when they placed fourth in the nation. Most recently, the Seminoles placed 13th in 2007, placed 27th in the finals in 1996, seventh in 1995 and 16th in 1994. In finishing seventh at the 1987 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, Seminole All-American Nolan Henke finished in a Florida State best tie for second in the individual standings. Henke finished six strokes behind Oklahoma State’s Brian Watts – the individual medalist that year.

Florida State's NCAA Championship Finals History
Year    Finish    Year     Finish
1956    5th       1982     26th
1957    4th       1983     19th
1958    T4th      1987     7th
1965    6th       1989     16th
1968    10th      1990     8th
1969    12th      1994     16th
1979    18th      1995     7th
1980    17th      1996     27th
1981    15th      2007     13th

The Florida State men’s golf team – led by individual medalist Drew Kittleson — advanced to the NCAA Championship finals with a second place finish at the NCAA Central Region Championship on the Warren Course at the University Notre Dame. Kittleson was outstanding throughout the three round tournament with scores of 69-67-68 for a six under par total of 204. He was followed in the individual standings by sophomore Wesley Graham, who finished in a tie for second in the individual standings with scores of 67-69-70 for a five under par score of 205. Freshman Michael Hebert came within one stroke of tying the school record for lowest single round score with a six under par score of 64 in the final round and finished in a tie for 11th place with a one under par total of 209.

Seminole sophomore Brooks Koepka was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year – an award which he shared with Virginia’s Ben Kohles in a vote by the ACC 11 head men’s golf coaches. Koepka was the first Seminole since Bobby Cochran in 1994 to be named the ACC Player of the Year. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 golfer for two weeks during the months of February and March. Koepka has a career-low 71.97 stroke average entering the 2010 NCAA Championship finals. Koepka was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009. He is only the seventh player in ACC history to earn ACC Freshman and Player of the Year honors.


Florida State’s Brooks Koepka and senior Seath Lauer were named to the All-ACC Men’s Golf Team. It marked the fourth consecutive season that two Florida State players have been named to the All-ACC Team. It also marked the first time Koepka and Lauer have earned All-ACC honors during their careers. In earning All-ACC honors, Koepka and Lauer are the seventh and eighth players to be named to the All-ACC team in the last four years. Prior to head coach Trey Jones’s arrival in 2004, the Seminoles had a total of five players earn All-ACC honors since joining the ACC for the 1992 season. Since his arrival as head coach, the Seminoles have earned eight All-ACC selections, had one player earn ACC Rookie (Koepka in 2009) and ACC Player (Koepka in 2010) of the year honors and won the ACC Championship in 2008.

No. 15 Florida State begins play in the 2010 NCAA Championship finals with three team championships this year. Under Seminole head coach Trey Jones, the Seminoles have won more events in the last three seasons (seven) than had been won by the program in the previous nine seasons (six) before his arrival for the 2003-04 season. Florida State needs one more team championship to match its recent season-high total of four team titles during the 1994-95 season.

Florida State, which has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the national polls this year, has finished in 10th place or higher in each of their first 12 tournaments of the 2009-10 fall and spring seasons. The Seminoles have earned three titles, five top two finishes and nine top five finishes. The Seminoles have finished outside of the top five in the team standings of an event only three times this year. Florida State has the second lowest team scoring average in the ACC with a 289.17 average through its 11 tournaments this year.

Top 5 ACC Scoring Averages
Team            Rds    Team Average
Virginia        35     287.23
Florida State   35     287.26
Georgia Tech    34     288.85
Duke            30     288.93
Clemson         32     288.97

Florida State enters the 2010 NCAA Championship finals as the highest ranked ACC team in the latest GolfStat (11th) national rankings. The Seminoles’ high national ranking can easily be traced to its success on the course as they lead the 11 conference teams with three tournament titles this year (GolfWeek Conference Challenge, Gary Koch Intercollegiate during the fall season and the Seminole Intercollegiate during the spring season).

Junior Drew Kittleson (tied for first at the inaugural GolfWeek Collegiate Challenge and first place at the 2010 NCAA Central Regional) and senior Seath Lauer (tied for first at the Seminole Intercollegiate) have combined to win three individual titles for the Seminoles this year. With the three wins by Kittleson and Lauer, the Seminole players have combined to earn 11 top five and 16 top 10 individual finishes this year.

Name               Tourn.   Rds    Par   -75   Low   Stks.    Avg.
Brooks Koepka      11       30     15    25    65    2,159    71.97
Seath Lauer        13       34     12    28    66    2,468    72.59
Drew Kittleson     11       31     13    25    67    2,257    72.80
Doug Letson        5        14     7     11    70    1,021    72.93
Kyle Cobb          1        3      2     2     69    219      73.00
Wesley Graham      11       31     12    22    68    2,263    73.00
Michael Hebert     9        25     8     16    64    1,846    73.84
Doug Letson        10       28     9     16    68    2,089    74.61
Cameron Knight     2        6      2     2     70    456      76.00

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