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Berger and Seminoles Win Gator Invitational
Daniel Berger


Daniel Berger

Feb. 10, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 23 Florida State men’s golf team won the SunTrust Gator Invitational Sunday for the first time since 1981 with a team score of 8-under 832. The team won by 15 strokes today at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on the University of Florida. Sophomore Daniel Berger won the individual title today for the first time in his career.

“I can’t explain how well this team played this weekend,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Placing four guys in the top 12 and straight scores at par or better show our depth. From start to finished the guys never got ahead of themselves today.”

Sophomore Daniel Berger started the day in second and posted a strong back nine with four birdies to finish first. After having trouble Saturday on the 14th hole with a double bogey, the Jupiter, Fla., native carded a birdie on the same hole today to help post his career low round score of 65 (5-under). The Seminole finished with a three round total of 7-under 203.

“It feels great to get my first collegiate win but even better to win as a team,” said Berger. “We went out there and won it, no one handed us this win. To win on the Gator’s home course the way we did shows we can play against anyone and come out on top.”

“I am so proud of Daniel for his first win,” said Jones. “Three rounds in the 60’s and a closing 65 was impressive.”

Senior Doug Letson played some of his best golf at Florida State this weekend when he finished the tournament tied for third, it ties his highest finish at FSU. After posting a career low round of 66 yesterday, the Tampa, Fla., native posted a 2-under 68 for a tournament total of 2-under 208.  Senior Chase Seiffert continued his stellar play at Florida State with three straight rounds at par. He finished the tournament in ninth place with an even par 210.

“It is an awesome feeling to get this win for not only the program but for Coach Jones,” said Seiffert. “He has wanted to win this for years and I’m glad to be a part of this winning team. This is a great start to me and Doug’s last semester of college golf.”

Freshman Hank Lebioda had the best tournament of his young career with a 2-over 212 to finish tied for 12th. The Winter Springs, Fla., native had three birdies and only one bogey to finish the day with his career round low of 68 (2-under). After starting the day in 28th, he moved up 16 spots. Freshman Rowin Caron posted an even par 70 today to finish the event tied for 25th with a six-over 216.  

“I am really proud of the bounce back I had after my first round,” said Lebioda. “Having (assistant coach) Matt (Savage) walking every hole with me really helped me settle down and play my own game. Being able to contribute all three rounds to help win the Gator Invitational is huge for me. I couldn’t be prouder of the guys and how we played.”

The Seminoles were part of a 14-team field including No. 3 Florida, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 31 Liberty, No. 34 North Florida, No. 41 Mississippi State, No. 47 UCF, UAB, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Memphis, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State and Lamar. Rankings come from GolfStat.

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Final Results

Place

Team

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Florida State

-8

289

272

271

832

2

North Florida

+7

287

283

277

847

3

South Alabama

+10

291

284

275

850

4

Florida

+11

282

288

281

851

5

UCF

+19

292

288

279

579

6

Arkansas

+20

287

288

285

860

t7

Liberty

+21

288

284

289

862

t7

Georgia Southern

+21

289

288

284

862

9

UAB

+22

283

290

289

862

10

Mississippi State

+27

296

284

287

867

11

Memphis

+28

290

288

290

868

12

Lamar

+34

301

289

284

874

13

Kennesaw State

+37

295

293

289

877

14

Jacksonville

+40

284

297

299

880

 

Florida State Results

Place

Player

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Daniel Berger

-7

69

69

65

203

T3

Doug Letson

-2

74

66

68

208

9

Chase Seiffert

E

70

70

70

210

T12

Hank Lebioda

+2

76

68

68

212

T25

Rowin Caron  

+6

77

69

70

216

 

Top Ten Individuals

Place

Player (School)

To Par

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Total

1

Daniel Berger (Florida State)

-7

69

69

65

203

2

Scott Wolfes (Georgia Southern)

-4

70

66

70

206

t3

Doug Letson (Florida State)

-2

74

66

68

208

t3

M.J. Maguire (North Florida)

-2

71

69

68

208

t5

Sean Dale (North Florida)

-1

69

71

69

209

t5

Tyler Klava (South Alabama)

-1

70

70

69

209

t5

Niklas Lindstrom (Liberty)

-1

69

71

69

209

t5

Kevin Phelan (North Florida)

-1

73

69

67

209

9

Chase Seiffert (Florida State)

E

70

70

70

210

t10

Eric Banks (Florida) *

+1

72

71

68

211

t10

Martin Rohwer (UAB)

+1

71

71

69

211

 

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