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Florida State Nabs Third Title Of The Season
Daniel Berger


Daniel Berger

April 9, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. - The Seminoles knew they had a challenge to hold on to their lead at the Gary Koch Invitational on Tuesday. With the strong play of everyone on the team, No. 18 Florida State passed the test and came away with its third victory of the spring.

En route to the team title, freshman Rowin Caron came away with his first collegiate individual title as he tied for first. All six Seminoles competing the past two days finished in the top 12 at the par 72, 7389 yard Old Memorial Golf Club.

"It's great to see the guys' hard work pay off with today's win," said head coach Trey Jones. "We did what we had to do to win. Rowin putted very well on Monday. I'm so proud of him getting his first collegiate win and look forward for more to come. Anytime you have all your players finish in the top 12 is an amazing feeling."

Entering the third round, the Seminoles had a one stroke lead and ended up finishing the tournament with a seven stroke lead over No. 8 Georgia Tech. The team posted a 2-under 286 Tuesday for a three-round total of 23-under 841.

After posting a 2-over on the front nine, Caron came back strong after he made the turn and finished the day with a 1-under 71 for a two-day total of 207 (-9). With no playoff for the individual honor, Caron tied with Georgia Tech's Bo Andrews.

"My game plan was mainly to hit as many greens as possible because I knew the up and downs would be hard," said Caron. "I actually didn't hit the ball that well yesterday but putted really well which gave me two 68s. Today I hit the ball better; hit a lot of greens but the putts wouldn't really drop. I just enjoyed myself and played consistent."

Sophomore Daniel Berger posted a 2-over on the front nine but bounced back with a birdie followed by an eagle on the back nine. Berger carded a 71 on Tuesday for a tournament score of 5-under 211. Berger has now placed fifth or better in six tournaments this year.

"I knew we needed a strong finish to keep us in contention," said Berger. "I settled down on the back nine and hit a really nice shot from 210 to 5 feet on the 11th hole and then on 12 had a 30 footer for eagle and hit a great putt that went in. It felt so good to be able to help the team out although it wasn't my best day."

Freshman Hank Lebioda and senior Chase Seiffert both finished the tournament in tenth place with a 2-under 214. Lebioda turned in a 70 in the third round while Seiffert carded a 3-over 75.

"I was really proud of how I played the last two rounds," said Lebioda. "To be able to battle and hang in there gives me a lot of confidence going into postseason. It means a lot to be a part of the three line-ups that won this spring. Knowing that you helped your team to a win is a feeling hard to match."

Senior Doug Letson and junior Joaquin Lolas posted nearly identical scores the past two days. They both finished the day with 2-over 74s for a three-round total of 1-under 215. Letson and Lolas finished tied for 12th.

The Seminoles were part of a 14-team field including No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 9 Florida, No. 19 North Florida, No. 20 Auburn, No. 26 Wake Forest, No. 50 Georgia Southern, College of Charleston, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Pacific, South Florida and UNCG.

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GARY KOCH INVITATIONAL
Old Memorial Golf Club, Tampa, Fla.
Final Results

TEAM SCORES
1 Florida State 278 277 286 841 -23
2 Georgia Tech 279 277 292 848 -16
3 Auburn 286 282 292 860 -4
4 Florida 293 280 293 866 +2
5 Wake Forest 287 291 295 873 +9
6 Charleston, Coll. of 288 290 297 875 +11
7 North Florida 287 296 294 877 +13
8 Kentucky 295 284 307 886 +22
9 South Florida 292 301 296 889 +25
10 Georgia Southern 299 293 303 895 +31
11 Ohio State 297 303 304 904 +40
UNCG 296 303 305 904 +40
13 Jacksonville 292 295 318 905 +41
Pacific 300 300 305 905 +41

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
1 Rowin Caron Florida St 68 68 71 207 -9
Bo Andrews GA Tech 71 70 66 207 -9
3 Sean Dale N. Florida 68 73 67 208 -8
4 Daniel Berger Florida St 69 71 71 211 -5
Evan Beck Wk. Forest 68 72 71 211 -5
6 Josh Lorenzetti Charleston 73 69 70 212 -4
Anders Albertson GA Tech 69 68 75 212 -4
8 Zach Munroe Charleston 70 70 73 213 -3
Shun Yat Hak GA Tech 70 66 77 213 -3
10 Chase Seiffert Florida St 71 68 75 214 -2
Hank Lebioda Florida St 74 70 70 214 -2
12 Michael Hebert Auburn 70 74 71 215 -1
Michael Johnson Auburn 71 69 75 215 -1
Doug Letson Florida St 70 71 74 215 -1
*Joaquin Lolas Florida St 71 70 74 215 -1
16 Ollie Schniederjans GA Tech 69 73 74 216 E
Tyler McCumber Florida 77 69 70 216 E
Jake Mondy Auburn 73 70 73 216 E

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