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April 26, 2013
New London, N.C. — Led by sophomore Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.), Florida State recorded its best-ever ACC Tournament single round to take the team lead in the 60th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Tournament Friday at the Par 72, 7,102 yard course at the Old North State Country Club in New London, N.C.
The Seminoles, paced by Berger’s 7-under par 65, shot a 17-under par 271 to take the team lead by 11 strokes over Virginia Tech and Duke, who each shot a six-under par 282 to tie for second place.
Defending ACC champion Georgia Tech was fourth (284), followed by Wake Forest (286), Virginia (287), North Carolina (292), NC State (294), Clemson (296), Maryland (298)and Boston College (308).
The 271 team total was Florida State’s best single round at the ACC Men’s Golf Tournament since the Seminoles joined the league in 1992. Its previous best of 279 was accomplished three times: originally in the final round of the 2007 Tournament and in the first two rounds of the 2008 ACC Championships, which led to FSU’s lone ACC Golf title.
“The conditions were perfect out there,” said Florida State head coach Trey Jones. “72 degrees and a four-to-six mile–an-hour wind. Even with that, though, the guys executed extremely well. Its just one of those days that you have when you say ‘Remember when we shot seventeen under in one round down here.’
“This team’s capable of doing that. We’ve been playing well. We just have to keep executing and doing what we have been doing."
Berger’s seven under par 65 paced the individual competition, but he was just one stroke ahead of Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson (Woodstock, Ga.) who was in second place and three shots ahead of Virginia Tech’s Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville, Va.)and FSU’s Hank Lebioda (Winter Springs, Fla.), who were tied for third place with four-under-par 68s.
“Daniel’s a first-team All-American and when you get into the ACC Tournament and the postseason , you’ve got to ride those guys,” said Jones. “You’re probably not going to play well if he doesn’t play well. He has the ability to play like he did today and he’s played great all year.”
FSU also received strong play from a pair of freshmen in Lebioda (68) and Rowin Carion (Terheijden, The Netherlands) (69).
“Historically freshmen have a good history at the Old North State Club," said Jones. “I don’t know why. Daniel (Berger) shot a 66 here as a freshman. Cameron Tringale played great here for Georgia Tech. For our freshmen to get seven under between those two guys after never having seen it, it’s a tribute to their abilities.”
“There’s just so much talent out here with all of these other teams, its simply just a start. Our guys know that and fully respect the field and fully respect the golf course. If we don’t go out and execute then we won’t have a chance to win the golf tournament.”
Second round action of the ACC Men’s Golf Tournament begins at the Old North State Club on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with Boston College and Maryland teeing off from 8:30 through 9:02 am, followed by Clemson, NC State and North Carolina from 9:10 through 9:50.
Virginia, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech will tee off from 10:10 a.m. through 10:50 a.m., followed by Duke, Virginia Tech and Florida State from 11:10 through 11:50.