One of the top freshmen in the nation who will be a team leader during his sophomore season and for the remainder of this Seminole career…helped Florida State finish in a tie for third place in the Southwest Regional Championship and in a tie for eighth place in the NCAA Championship Finals…finished in third place in the NCAA Southwest Regional Championship at the University of Oklahoma and was the highest finishing freshman in the event…was at his best in finishing in the top 10 of his first two career postseason events – the 2012 ACC Championship (tied for seventh) and the 2012 NCAA Southwest Regional Championship (third) as he finished a cumulative total of eight strokes under par, with three scores in the 60’s and with four of five scores at par or better…at least one score of the 60’s in each of the final three events of his freshman season…best single round career score of 66, best 36 hole score of 137, best score vs. par of minus five and best tournament score of 211 came in the 2012 ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C…named to the Rolex Junior All-American Honorable Mention team in 2011…played in the 2010 US Amateur…ranked seventh nationally in the 2011 GolfWeek/Sagrain Boy’s High School rankings following his graduation from high school…the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Florida in the high school graduating class of 2011…advanced to the quarterfinals of the Polo Invitational in 2010…recorded one tournament championship and five top five finishes on the Florida Junior Tour in 2009-10 and totaled three top 10 finishes on the AJCA circuit in 2010…won the 2009 FCWT National Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla…won individual titles at the Florida State match play championship and finished in second place in the Mizuno Junior Tournament at Innisbrook in 2010…competed for a spot in the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Opens as he advanced to sectional qualifications…shot a 68 in the first round of U.S. Open sectional qualifying in 2012 and was in first place in the individual standings after the first round of play at the Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla….played in the U.S. Amateur Championships at Chambers Bay in 2010 and at Cherry Hills Village in 2012…the named to the 2012 ACC Academic Honor Roll…his 72.67 stroke averaged during his freshman season is the 20th best scoring average in school history.
Played in three tournaments and led the team with the lowest stroke average (71.14)… posted a low round score of 69 at the PING-Golfweek Preview where he led the team and finished tied for 16th…led the team in the two other tournaments he played (Olympia Fields Invitational and Querencia Cabo Collegiate)…had best finish of the fall at the Olympia Fields Invitational where he finished tied for second…finished tied for fifth at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
Posted a 69.36 stroke average for a season average of 69.79…led the ACC in stroke average…won two tournaments (Gator Invitational and Seminole Intercollegiate)…six of his eight tournaments resulted in top five finishes…finished tied for second at the NCAA Championships which was the best Seminole finish since 1997 when Nolan Henke finished second…posted the team’s lowest gross score rounds (65 at ACC Championship and Gator Invitational) and the team’s lowest score relative to par (seven under at ACC Championship)…named a two-time first team All-American by the GCAA and Golfweek…named to the All-Nicklaus team, All-ACC team and PING All-Region team.
Helped Florida State to one of the best seasons in school…the Seminoles’ top finisher in the final three events of the season – the ACC Championships (tied for seventh), the NCAA Southwest Regional at the University of Oklahoma (third) and the NCAA Championship Finals (tied for 21)… was a total of minus three strokes under par in his final six events with totals of even par in the Seminole Intercollegiate, one under par in the FAU Spring Break Invitational, three over par in the Gary Koch Intercollegiate, minus five under par at the ACC Championships, minus three under par at the NCAA Southwest Regional Championships and plus three over par at the NCAA Championship finals…was a combined total of minus five strokes under par in the first three postseason events of his career (ACC Championship, NCAA Southwest Regional Championship and NCAA Championship Finals)…career low scores for a single round (66), 36 holes (137, 66-71), tournament score (211) and scores vs. par (minus five) came in finishing in a tie for seventh place in his first career ACC Championship…was Florida State’s leading finisher in the event as he led the Seminoles to a third place finish in the event…was the third highest finishing freshman in the ACC Championship…averaged 70.33 strokes in the three rounds of the ACC Championship…finished in a career best third place at the NCAA Southwest Regional Championship and was the highest ranking freshman in the final individual standings in the event… finished in a tie for 11th place at the FAU Spring Break Invitational with a minus one under par score of 212 – one of three tournaments he scored under par and one of four tournaments he scored at par or better…played the FAU Spring Break Invitational as an individual…tied for second on the team with 12 of 21 rounds at par or better and second on the team with 20 of 21 rounds scored at 75 or better…carded a team leading five eagles during the spring season…averaged a career low 72.00 strokes in 21 rounds during seven events
One of only three Seminoles – and the only freshman – to play in all three events during the fall season…the Seminoles’ second leading finisher in the competitive U.S. Collegiate Championship with a season low tying tournament score of 221…his play at the U.S. Collegiate included a season low single round score of 70 in the first round of the event…counted eight of his nine scores (.889 percent) toward the team score during his first season of competition as a Seminole…ranked third on the team with six of his nine rounds scored at 75 strokes or less…averaged 74.22 strokes in nine rounds during three tournaments
Graduated from William T. Dwyer High School in 2011…did not play high school golf…competed on both the national and international levels while earning his academic diploma.
Born April 7, 1993…Daniel is the son of Nadia and Jay Berger…his father, Jay, is the director of men’s tennis for the USTA…he has served as an assistant coach for the United States Davis Cup and Olympic tennis teams…was the head coach od the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis…enjoys playing and watching basketball and football…selected Florida State over Clemson, Florida and Auburn