May 20, 2011
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (seminoles.com) - Florida State junior Brooks Koepka is in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings and the Seminole men's golf team is in eighth place in the team standings with one round remaining in the NCAA Indiana Regional at Wolf Run Golf Course. The Seminoles are 10 strokes behind Iowa for the fifth and final spot in the regional championship which sees the top five teams after three rounds of play advance to the NCAA Division I Championship finals May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.
"Our job is simple," said head coach Trey Jones. "Go out and play a very good team round of golf. We have the firepower to qualify and will need for all five guys to do their part. We made a run today but gave it back with errors on the last few holes. I am proud of the guy's effort and know that we are due a good round. I am proud of Wes for bouncing back; we need Drew to do the same tomorrow. The course did not yield one team score under par today. A good under par round will go a long way tomorrow."
To have a chance of duplicating their third place finish in the national finals in 2010, the Seminoles will need to leapfrog into the fifth position in the team standings over the final round of 18 holes. Stanford, who currently holds the fifth place position in the team standings, has a two round team total of 576 as compared to the Seminoles 36 hole total of 586. Illinois and Alabama are tied for first in the team standings with Michigan, Iowa and Stanford rounding out the top five heading into the final round.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.), who carded a two under par 69 in the first round, finished with a three over par score of 74 in the second round. He was plagued by a pair of double bogeys - one on each side of the course - as worked to climb up the individual leaderboard. Koepka scored 14 holes at par or better with three birdies in finishing with his 20th consecutive score of 74 or better. He has not score above a 74 in any single round since finishing with a 76 in the second round of the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikola, Hawaii on Feb. 3, 2011.
In addition to working to get the Seminoles into the top five , Koepka will continue to work himself to the top of the individual leaderboard. The top individual not on one of the top five teams will advance as an individual to the national championship finals to compete for the individual national title.
Florida State was led in the second round by junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) who carded a one under par 70. He improved his score by 10 strokes as compared to the first round when he shot a nine over par score of 80. Graham moved from a tie for 66th in the individual standings in to a tie for 43rd place heading into the third and final round.
Graham showed a marked improvement from the first to the second round. In lowering his score by 10 strokes, he totaled six birdies (as compared to two in the first round) and was never above par in the second round. After carding a double bogey on his second hole of the first round, Graham was above par for 17 of 18 holes on the first day of play.
Florida State's two freshmen - Bjorn Hellgren and Joaquin Lolas - continued to play well and both are in the top 50 of the individual standings. Hellgren carded a 75 in the second round and is in a tie for 34th in the individual standings while Lolas carded a 76 and is in a tie for 42nd in the individual standings.
Florida State will play with Tennessee and Indiana in the final round as they attempt to secure a bid to the national finals. The Seminoles, Vols and Hoosiers will tee off at 7:30 a.m. from hole No. 10.
2011 NCAA Indiana Regional/Par 71/ Second Round Florida State Results Wolf Run Golf Club/Zionsville, Ind./May 19-21, 2011 8/14. Florida State 291 295 586 T12. Brooks Koepka 69 74 143 T34. Bjorn Hellgren 73 75 148 T42. Wesley Graham 80 70 150 T42. Joaquin Lolas 74 76 150 69. Drew Kittleson 75 83 158
2011 NCAA Indiana Regional/Par 71/ Second Round Team Results Wolf Run Golf Club/Zionsville, Ind./May 19-21, 2011 T1. Illinois 562 8. Florida State 586 T2. Alabama 562 9. Indiana 588 3. Michigan 566 10. Memphis 589 4. Iowa 574 11. Wake Forest 592 5. Stanford 576 12. Wichita State 604 6. Charlotte 583 13. Missouri Kansas City 612 7. Tennessee 584 14. Sacred Heart 632