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June 4, 2010
The Florida State men's golf team advanced to the national semifinals with a 4-1 victory over Texas Tech in the quarterfinal round of match play in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship on The Honors Course. The Seminoles will meet Augusta State at 9:45 on Saturday for the right to play for the national championship. The winner of Saturday's match between Florida State and Augusta State will meet the winner of the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon match that will begin at 9:00 on Saturday.
Florida State won four of the five matches contended on Friday with senior Seath Lauer, junior Drew Kittleson, sophomore Brooks Koepka and freshman Michael Hebert all gaining wins. With victories by Hebert and Lauer in the first and third matches, Florida State clinched the victory by Koepka as he earned a victory in the fourth match of the afternoon. Kittleson won his match but the outcome had already been decided.
The Seminoles trailed 1-0 after a win by Texas Tech's Tyler Weworski over Wesley Graham but won the final four matches of the day to claim the team win.
Graham (Orlando, Fla.) played well in the first match to be completed but was defeated by Weworski, 3 and 2. Despite finishing only four holes over par, Graham we never able to seize the momentum from Weworski who took the lead on the second hole and never relinquished control. Weworski won the event with a three hole lead with two holes to play.
Hebert, who passed his test in his first match play experience as a Seminole in the national quarterfinals, took control of his match on the sixth hole and never let his Finley Ewing IV of Texas Tech back in the match. He won or halved eight of final 12 holes, did not trail after the sixth hole and won the mach 2 and 1. Hebert (Orlando, Fla.) was up by two holes with one to play to earn the team point for the Seminoles with one hole to play.
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) won one of the most important matches of the day for the Seminoles as he recovered from being as many as two holes down to win the match after making the turn onto the 10th hole. After trailing for each of the first eight holes, then tying the match on hole No. 9, Lauer allowed four years of high level golf to take over for him. Lauer gained his first lead of the afternoon on hole No. 10 and clinched the victory with a stellar 25 foot putt on hole No. 18 to win the match 2 up. He entered the final hole of match only one hole up and clinched the win with what he considered to be "the most important putt I have made in my career as a Seminole."
After trailing in all five individual matches in the middle of Friday's quarterfinal round, Georgia Tech fell short on a furious rally over the last six holes and dropped a 3-2 decision to Augusta State and were eliminated from the NCAA Division I Golf Championship.
The Jaguars advanced to Saturday's semifinals to face Florida State, a 4-1 winner over Texas Tech. Top-seeded Oklahoma State, a 4-1 winner over Stanford Friday, will meet Oregon, which defeated Washington, 3-2. The winners of Saturday's matches will meet for the national championship at 12 noon Sunday.
Four of the five matches between the two teams went the full 18 holes despite the fact that Tech trailed by three holes or more in three of them on the back nine. The Yellow Jackets, who finished third in the stroke-play part of the championship, made eight birdies and only one bogey over the final six holes, coming within one 10-foot putt at 18 of sending the deciding contest to extra holes.