May 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - As the Florida State men's golf team prepares to play in its school record seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Championship May 17-19 in Norman, Okla., members of the team are staying busy both on and off the course. Senior Wesley Graham moved one step closer to playing in his first U.S. Open, junior Chase Seiffert won the Sherman Invitational in record fashion and assistant coach Robert Duck was in attendance at the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as the Seminoles continue to be one of the top overall college golf programs in the nation.
Senior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) shot a 5-under par 67 to win a U.S. Open local qualifier on May 7 at the Timquana Country Club. The win advances him to play at a U.S. Open sectional championship on June 4 with the opportunity to advance to play in the U.S. Open June 14-17 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Graham has played in the U.S. Amateur in both 2006 and 2011 and is looking to qualify for the U.S. Open for the first time in his career.
Graham enters the 2012 NCAA Oklahoma Regional Championship averaging a career-best 72.42 strokes in eight tournaments played this season. He is ranked second on the team with 13 rounds played at par or better and has played 21 of his 24 rounds with scores at 75 or better. Graham tied his personal best with a 67 in the second round of the FAU Spring Break Invitational - an event in which he finished in second place in the individual standings.
Graham earned his bachelor's degree in social science from Florida State on April 28.
Junior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) won the individual championship at the 85th Annual Sherman Invitational at the Panama Country Club in Lynn Haven, Fla., as he shot a record 205 total for the three round tournament on May 6. He shot scores of 72-68-65 with his score of 65 ranking as the lowest round of the tournament. Seiffert pulled away during the final round for a 10-shot victory over defending champion Matt Johnson.
Seiffert is the Seminoles' second ranked golfer with a 71.56 stroke average in six tournaments this spring. He finished in second place in the individual standings at the Seminole Intercollegiate and in a tie for third place at the Gator Invitational in February. Seiffert shot a career best 66 in the second round of the ACC Championship in April in finishing in a tie for 12 in the individual standings.
Seminole assistant coach Robert Duck, who works with both the men's and women's teams, had the fortunate privilege of being in attendance at the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on May 7 in St. Augustine, Fla. He was on hand as Phil Mickelson, writer Dan Jenkins, broadcaster Peter Alliss and two time major champion Sandy Lyle, a personal friend of Ducks, were welcomed into golf's grandest hall.
"It was a great night, I was thrilled to be a part of it," said Duck. "It's absolutely wonderful that a great man has achieved this honor with hard work and guts. Mr. Lyle should be admired for his honesty, his integrity and warm heart."
The Seminole men's golf team will play in the NCAA Oklahoma Regional May 17-19 at the Jimmie Austin / University of Oklahoma Golf Course with the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four seasons. Florida State finished third in the nation in 2010 with a semifinal finish at the NCAA Championships.