April 21, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Freshman Daniel Berger shot a career best 66 and is in a tie for first place in the individual standings and the Florida State men's golf team is in third place in the team standings after the first round of the ACC Men's Golf Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. The Seminoles are only nine strokes behind the Georgia Tech in the team standings with two rounds to play as they shoot for their first ACC championship since 2008.
Georgia Tech counted four scores in the 60's and holds and six stroke leads over Virginia and a nine stroke lead over the Seminoles. Berger, who is playing in his first career conference championship event, is in a three way tie for first place with Bo Andrews and Ollie Schniederjands of Georgia Tech. A total of 25 played carded under par scores during the round.
"We had a great finish to what was otherwise a sloppy day," said head coach Trey Jones. "We always talk about attitude and discipline and I'm proud of the way the guys finished the round. It should give us some confidence going into tomorrow."
Led by senior Wesley Graham, who was minus 4 strokes on his final four holes, the Seminoles as a team were a total of minus 8 strokes under par on holes No. 15, 16, 17 and 18. Each of the four players who counted scores the Florida State in the first round was under par with Graham and junior Chase Seiffert (minus 2 strokes under par) leading the way.
The day for the Seminoles belonged to Berger.
Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) played near flawless golf throughout the round with six birdies and 17 of 18 holes at par or better. He totaled four birdies on his first six holes, five birdies on his first nine and six on his first 13 holes of the round. Berger closed out the round with a birdie on hole 17 to move to six under par for the first time in his collegiate career.
Berger was as many as six strokes under par during the round and with a birdie on his first hole of the day spent the entire day below par.
"We have worked really hard this spring in preparation for the ACC Championship and it was only a matter of time before it all paid off," said Berger. "I drove the ball well today and putted as well as I have all year. The next step is to stay focused and stay in the present so on Sunday we have a chance to win the team title and maybe an individual one, too."
Berger, who is a total of minus 4 strokes under par in his last four tournaments, finished in a career best tied for 11th place at the FAU Spring Break Invitational in March.
"It was a great start to the tournament by Daniel," said Jones. "We have always known what he is capable of and today's round could be just what he needs heading into the weekend and the postseason. He now gives us another player who has proven he can shoot a low round."
Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) is in a tie for 11th place after shooting a 2 under par score of 70. He was 4 under par on his final four holes of the day with two birdies and an eagle three on the par five 18th hole. Graham was four under par on his final 10 holes with nine holes scored at par or better with three birdies and the first eagle of his career in three ACC Championships.
Senior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings after he carded a 1 under par score of 71. He carded an eagle on the par five fourth hole and was minus 2 strokes under par on his back nine. Koepka was minus 3 strokes under par over the course of his last 15 holes.
The Seminoles will play with Georgia Tech and Virginia and will tee off beginning at 11:10 a.m. All 11 teams will play 18 holes and Saturday and are scheduled to play a final 18 holes to determine the individual and team champions on Sunday.
ACC Championship/April 20-22, 2012/First Round Florida State Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/North Course/Greensboro, N.C./Par 72 3/11. Florida State 279 T1. Daniel Berger 66 T11. Wesley Graham 70 T18. Brooks Koepka 71 T26. Chase Seiffert 72 T34. Doug Letson 74
ACC Championship/April 20-22, 2012/First Round Team Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/North Course/Greensboro, N.C./Par 72 1. Georgia Tech 270 T6 Clemson 287 2. Virginia 276 8. Virginia Tech 288 3. Florida State 279 9. Duke 289 4. North Carolina 282 10. NC State 291 5. Wake Forest 285 11. Boston College 305 T6. Maryland 287