Jan. 12, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After a fall season that included two victories and three top-five finishes, Florida State men's golf coach Trey Jones was named Golf Digest's Mid-Season National Coach of the Year. Jones and his No. 5 nationally ranked Seminoles have been hungry to prove their Golf World/Nike Golf preseason ranking of No. 25 woefully underestimated what this team is capable of accomplishing this year.
In their four fall starts, each player has made a significant impact on the course. Junior Drew Kittleson took home a first place finish at GolfWeek Conference Challenge, senior Seth Lauer finished third at the Olympia Fields Invitational (one of his two top 10 individual finishes of the fall season) and sophomore Brooks Koepka tied for fifth at Brickyard Intercollegiate (he also earned a pair of top five individual finishes during the fall season.)
Jones said, "the great thing about winning is that it breeds confidence," and when the spring season starts up, they plan on winning more.
"Seath is playing like a first team All-American and Brooks is not far behind," said Jones after the team's second victory of the season at the Gary Koch Championship. "Michael and Doug bring talent and competitive spirit to our team. Drew is really struggling with his ball striking but we know that will change during the off-season."
During his six years as head coach, Jones has built a program that continues to be a consistent threat in the ACC, leading the Seminoles to their first conference title in 2008. After falling short in regional play the last two seasons, many believe this year's team has the motivation and focus to avoid another late season slip-up. Their determination to leave behind past mistakes paired with their talent and deep roster is shaping up to take these players and their Coach of the Year all the way to Nationals come May.