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June 5, 2010
The Florida State men's golf team fell to Augusta State, 4-1, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at The Honors Course thus ending the Seminoles' run at the first national championship in the sport of men's golf in school history. Despite the loss the Seminoles finished in a tie for third place at the national championship finals to earn the best finish in the history of the program.
"My hat is off to Augusta State's golf team," said head coach Trey Jones following the final match of the best season the history of the program. "I'm proud of the effort our guys gave today; they never quit. We are all sad right now and once this wears off we will realize what a great year we had. This has been a team - a group of guys that are very special. I am just fortunate to be a part of it."
Similar to the ebb of flow on Friday's match where the Seminoles played very well over their back nine and defeated Texas Tech, they nearly used that same back nine magic to rally against the Jaguars. After trailing three of the five matches from early on, the Seminoles were winning one match and even in to others through 11 holes to put themselves back into contention for the win. The Jaguars, though, seized back the momentum and advanced to Sunday's championship match against Oklahoma State.
Senior Seath Lauer, who played in his final match as a Seminole, won the only match of the day for Florida State as he defeated Mitch Krywulcz, 4 and 3. After a see-saw match that saw both players hold the lead during the first seven holes, Lauer took the lead on hole No. 8 and quickly put the match into the win column for the Seminoles. He won five of the next eight holes to put himself up by four holes with only three to play. During his eight hole run to the victory, Lauer made two birdies and earned six pars.
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) defeated both of his opponents in the Seminoles' two rounds of match plays against Texas Tech and Augusta State.