Oct. 9, 2011
MACON, Ga. (seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Brooks Koepka won the first individual title of his career and the Seminole men's golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the Brickyard Collegiate Championship at the Brickyard at Riverside came to a close. Koepka shot a three under par score of 69 for a third round for a total of 205 to take a four stroke victory over Seth Reeves of Georgia Tech. The win was the first of Koepka's 37-match Seminole career and first after four career runner-up finishes.
Georgia Tech, which took the lead in the first round, won the team championship with a 17=-stroke victory over second placed Florida State. The Seminoles pulled to within five strokes of the Yellow Jackets midway through the final round only to watch them pull away for the team championship. The second place finish as the Seminoles' best team finish since placing second in the USF Invitational during the spring of 2011.
In earning the first victory of his collegiate career, Koepka carded his third sub-par round of the tournament and tied his career low for a three round tournament with his score of 205. He carded scores of 66-70-69 to finish as the only player with three scores at or under par during the tournament. Along the way, he also carded his second eagle of the tournament with a three on the par six hole No. 6. Koepka teed off from hole No. 6 at even par through his first five holes and played three under par golf during the remainder of the round.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) was under par for 46 of his 54 holes played, carded two eagles (in the first and third rounds) and totaled 13 birdies.
"It's awesome to finally get my first win in a college tournament - hopefully there are more of those to come," said Koepka. "The whole team enjoyed a great week on a tough course so it was a good all-around week for our entire team. We have to continue to practice hard, get ready for the U.S. Collegiate Championship and all play well there."
Seminole junior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) played one of the best tournaments of his career as he finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings with a career-best tying score of 214. He carded scores of 69 in both the first and third rounds. Letson came within one place of tying his career best finish, tied his career best with his 214 tournament score and came within one of tying his career best scores for a single round of 68 in the first and third rounds.
Florida State counted four scores at 74 or better in the final round as freshman Daniel Berger (tie for 54th place, 228 total) scored a 73 in the third round and senior Wesley Graham (tie for 40th place, 223 total) counted a final round score of 74.
Sophomore Bjorn Hellgren (Vasteras, Sweden) - who was playing as an individual - finished in fifth place in the individual standing with a career best tying 212 total for the 54 hole tournament. He shot a career best 69 in the final round.
"Brooks did what really good senior golfers do - he put our team on his back and carried us around the course," said head coach Trey Jones. "I am really happy with the way the players rebounded after a tough front nine in the second round to play much better during the remainder of the tournament. I challenged them to rebound from a tough team score and them came out and did just that - they played well today. We are still learning and that is good. Now we have to prepare well to put and play well at the U.S. Collegiate Championship."
Florida State closes out its fall season schedule as it travels to play at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Country Club of Georgia Oct. 23-25.
Brickyard Collegiate Championship/Oct. 7-9, 2011/Final Florida State Results Brickyard At Riverside/Macon, Ga./Par 72 2/15. Florida State 282 298 285 865 1. Brooks Koepka 66 70 69 205 T6. Doug Letson 69 76 69 214 T40. Wesley Graham 72 77 74 223 T54. Daniel Berger 77 76 73 228 T54. Kyle Cobb 75 76 75 228 5. Bjorn Hellgren 72 71 69 212 * T29. Joaquin Lolas 71 74 75 220 * *playing as individuals
Brickyard Collegiate Championship/Oct. 7-9, 2011/Final Team Results Brickyard At Riverside/Macon, Ga./Par 72 1. Georgia Tech 848 T8. Mercer 890 2. Florida State 865 10. Ole Miss 892 3. North Florida 868 11. Colorado State 894 4. Georgia 872 12. Augusta State 896 5. Virginia Tech 881 13. Charleston 898 6. Chattanooga 885 14. Gonzaga 912 7. Texas Arlington 887 15. Air Force 914 T8. Oklahoma 890