TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Brooks Koepka, who led the Seminole men's golf team to a ninth place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship last week, won a one hole sudden victory playoff at the U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla., and will play in next week's U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, June 11-17.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played the 36-hole qualifier with scores of 72-70 for a 2 under par score of 142. He finished play tied with Andy Zhang who made a five-foot birdie shot on his final hole to close his round with an identical score of 2 under par.
Koepka and Zhang then headed for the 18th hole to begin the playoff. Koepka birdied the first playoff hole while Zhang, who putted after Koepka made his birdie putt, missed the hole on his birdie attempt, sending Koepka into his first U.S. Open.
"I am really excited to have earned the honor of playing in the U.S. Open," said Koepka. "It was a fun and exciting day and to have my brother (Chase) as my caddie made it even more special. I feel like I am hitting the ball well and I am happy with my game right now. I have always dreamed about playing in the U.S. Open and I am really looking forward to playing in this event for the first time in my career."
Koepka, one of the top golfers in school history, has earned All-America Honors twice and led the Seminoles to a pair of top 10 national finishes (No. 3 in 2010 and No. 9 in 2012) during his four-year varsity career as a Seminole. He holds the school records for best career stroke average (71.85) and best single season stroke average (71.09, during his senior season of 2012). Koepka was named the ACC Golfer of the Year in 2012 and is one of only six golfers in ACC history to earn ACC Golfer of the Year honors multiple times. He shared the honor with Virginia's Ben Kohles in 2010.
"We are all very proud of Brooks for qualifying for the U.S. Open," said head coach Trey Jones. "All Opens are special but to have your first experience at The Olympic Club is amazing. Coming off of a good week of golf at the Riviera Country Club should help him in his preparation."