April 22, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) - Florida State finished in third place in the team standings and Seminole freshman Daniel Berger finished in a career best tied for seventh place in the individual standings as play in the 59th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point came to a close. The Seminoles' third place finish marked their highest team finish in the ACC Championship since winning the title in 2008 and marked only the third time since joining the conference for the 1992 season that they have finished in third place or better in the team standings.
The Seminoles finished the event with four players in the top 20 of the individual standings, three players with final scores under par and four players with scores at or below par.
Georgia Tech, which led the event wire-to wire, won its fourth consecutive ACC Championship with an eight stroke victory over Virginia and a 10 stroke win over Florida State. The Yellow Jackets placed four players in the top 10 of the individual standings and all five of the players in their starting line-up finished with under par individual scores for the 54 holes place. Ben Rausch of Virginia won the individual championship with a 10 under par score of 206.
"This was the best round we played as a team all week," said head coach Trey Jones. "We all played under very difficult conditions which our guys stood up to the conditions and shot the best round of the day in my opinion. This team has a lot of heart and pride. Our goal was to compete for 54 holes and we did just that. Congratulations to Georgia Tech for a great tournament."
Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) finished in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings with a 5 under par total of 211. He closed the event with a two over par score of 74 - the only round of the three in which he finished above par. Berger established personal bests for single round score (66 in the first round), 36 holes score (137), three round tournament score (211), score vs. par (minus 5) and individual finish (tied for seventh). His finish marked the first top 10 finish of his eight tournament career as a Seminole.
"I learned a lot from this experience; I learned a lot from our seniors and our coaching staff during this event," said Berger. "This was my best finish of the year in the biggest tournament of my freshman season so far. I feel that our performance as a team give us confidence as we move into regionals and nationals. I know I can play well and this performance proved to me how much hard work pays off."
Berger's final round consisted of 14 holes at par or better with two birdies. He concluded the tournament with 45 of 54 holes at par or better and tied for the team leads with 12 birdies. Berger was one of five Seminoles (each member of the starting line-up) who carded an eagle during the tournament.
Senior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished in 11th place in the individual standings with a 4 under par total of 212. He carded three scores at par or better (71-69-72) and closed his career with three top 15 individual finishes in four ACC Championship appearances. Koepka shot a final round score of even par 72 with 15 holes at par or better including three birdies.
Koepka won the individual battle with Virginia's Ben Kohles who finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings (one spot below Koepka) and a score of 213 (one stroke below Koepka). Koepka and Kohles are the two leading candidates to win the ACC Player of the Year honors.
Junior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) performed extremely well in his first career ACC Championship appearance as he finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings with a 3 under par score of 213. He was the Seminoles' third highest finisher in the final individual standings. Seiffert set a personal best - and tie for the team best in this event - with a six under par score of 66 in Saturday's second round.
Seiffert finished the weekend with 12 birdies, one eagle and 46 of his 54 holes carded at par or better.
Senior Wesley Graham (Port, Orange, Fla.) finished with an even par score of 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings. His 216 tournament total of top 20 finish marked career bests for the four-year Seminole letter winner who played in three career ACC Championship tournaments.
Graham carded a tournament best five birdies in earning his second score of par or better in the event. He carded a two under par score of 70 in Friday's first round. Graham was never more than three strokes over par during the 54 hole event and carded 12 birdies and one eagle in finishing at even par or better for the third time this year.
Junior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) played his best round of the tournament as he carded a 2 under par score of 70 in the final round and finished in a tied for 32nd place with a 4 over par total of 220. With his first under par round of the three round event, Letson moved up 15 spots in the individual standings from his position of tied for 47th place after two rounds of play.
Letson was nearly flawless during the round as he carded 17 holes at par or better with three birdies and only one bogey. He was credited with par scores on his first 12 holes of the round and closed with two birdies on his last four holes including a birdie on his final hole.
Florida State will now play in the NCAA Regional championships for the seventh consecutive season under Jones. The Seminoles will find out to which of six regional sites they will travel when the NCAA Tournament field in released on May 7. The play at six different regional sites is May 17-19 with site locations in Ann Arbor, Mich., Athens, Ga., Bowling Green, Ky., Greensboro, N.C., Norman, Okla., and Stanford, Cal.
ACC Championship/April 20-22, 2012/Final Florida State Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/North Course/Greensboro, N.C./Par 72 3/11. Florida State 279 280 288 847 T7. Daniel Berger 66 71 74 211 11. Brooks Koepka 71 69 70 212 T12. Chase Seiffert 72 66 75 213 T18. Wesley Graham 70 74 72 216 T32. Doug Letson 74 76 70 220
ACC Championship/April 20-22, 2012/Final Team Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/North Course/Greensboro, N.C./Par 72 1. Georgia Tech 837 7. North Carolina 867 2. Virginia 844 8. Wake Forest 868 3. Florida State 847 9. NC State 872 T4. Virginia Tech 857 10. Maryland 877 T4. Clemson 857 11. Boston College 897 6. Duke 862