Aug. 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Jessica Negron carded a score of 74 in Monday's first round of the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio and Seminole sophomore Daniel Berger is completing his preparations to begin play on August 13 in the 2012 U.S. Men's Amateur at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Negron (Ocala, Fla.) was in a tie for 48th place with her two over par score of 74 in the first round. She totaled three birdies and 13 holes of par or better golf during the first round. Negron totaled birdies on two of her final seven holes of the round to finish at even par on her back nine and was 1 under par over the course of her final seven holes of the round.
Negron is playing in her second career U.S. Amateur. She advanced to match play at the 2010 U.S. Amateur at the Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club after a stroke play score of 149 (77-72).
Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) qualified to play in his second career U.S. Amateur as the top finisher with a two-round score of 139 at the qualifier at the Weston Hill Country Club in Weston, Fla., on July 30 and 31.
"I'm really excited for this U.S. Amateur because I've been working really hard on my game this summer and it's starting to show," said Berger. "I've played in one U.S. Amateur and I learned a lot from playing in that event. I feel a lot more comfortable as I enter this U.S. Amateur as compared to the first one I played in. All of the practice and hard work that I have put in has paid off and I am excited to see where it takes me next week in Colorado at Cherry Hills."
Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) played in his first U.S. Amateur in 2010 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Seattle, Wash. He carded a 69 and was in a tie for second place after the first round but did not qualify for match play.
"The U.S. Amateur is an event that all college golfers look forward to when they are preparing their summer schedules," said Seminole head coach Trey Jones. "Daniel has played well in several national events this summer so his confidence should be where it needs to be to compete in a USGA event. I will be surprised if he doesn't play well at Cherry Hills."
Berger was one of the nation's top collegiate freshmen as he helped lead the Seminoles to a tied for eighth place finish at the NCAA Division I Championship finals in 2012. He was at his best in finishing in the top 10 of his first two career postseason events - the 2012 ACC Championship (tied for seventh) and the 2012 NCAA Southwest Regional Championship (third) as he finished a cumulative total of eight strokes under par, with three scores in the 60's and with four of five scores at par or better.
The Florida State women open their fall season at the GolfWeek Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Vail Colorado, Sept. 24-26. The Seminole men begin play on their fall schedule at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Inverness, Ohio, Sept. 17-18.