Men's spring preview: ACC

Men's spring preview: ACC

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Men's spring preview: ACC

Editor’s note: Over the next month, Golfweek.com will be previewing every conference that has an automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals. For all of the men’s conference capsules, click here.

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Jay Berger was the captain of the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team. His son, Daniel, is having success on grass as well, but on the golf course.

Daniel Berger, a Florida State sophomore, has developed into one of the nation’s top collegians. He ended the fall season at No. 14 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and had a strong December on the amateur circuit. He won the Dixie Amateur by an incredible 13 shots and finished third at the Patriot All-American.

“Daniel drives the ball really well,” Florida State golf coach Trey Jones said. “He has a good combination of length and accuracy. Mentally, bad shots do not affect him the way they do some other collegiate golfers. He gets his mind ready for his next shot as soon as the previous shot is over.”

Berger, of Jupiter, Fla., is the highest-ranked player in the Atlantic Coast Conference after the fall season. The Seminoles, at No. 30 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, are one of six top-30 teams in the conference.

Berger didn’t qualify for the team’s season opener at the Inverness Intercollegiate, but started with a 16th-place finish at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. He followed with three consecutive top-5 finishes: runner-up at Olympia Fields, fifth at the Cabo Intercollegiate and tied for third at the Patriot All-American.

Berger shot 63-67-65-70 at the Dixie Amateur to finish at 22-under 265. Last summer, he was third at the Southern Amateur and eighth at the Dogwood.

Like many freshmen, Berger needed some time to adjust to college golf. He finished outside the top 25 in his first four starts. He was one of the Seminoles’ leaders by the end of the season, finishing seventh at the ACC Championship, third at the NCAA Southwest Regional and T-21 at the NCAA Championship.

“He came (to Florida State) with a great competitive spirit, but lacked organization,” Jones said. “Each step Daniel takes up the ladder, he doesn’t look back. In late March, he was competing for a spot in the lineup, in April he was low for our team in the ACC and NCAA Southwest Regional. Daniel can and wants to be the best player in college golf.”

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Where it stands now

Top of the class: Duke

Best player this fall: Daniel Berger, Florida State

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Past Champions

2008: Florida State

2009: Georgia Tech

2010: Georgia Tech

2011: Georgia Tech

2012: Georgia Tech

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Conference Capsules

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