Top 10 of '12: No. 4 - A perfect ending to a perfect summer

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Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM.

Prior to his breakthrough season in amateur golf, especially within the state of Florida, Chase Seiffert was a junior at Florida State University just hoping to fit in.

“They told me I have a solid head on my shoulders, will be a good fit and will fill in as a starter,” the Mosley graduate said in August 2011. “That if I play like I can play I will slide into the lineup.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder slid in all right, achieving all-Atlantic Coast Conference status his initial season in NCAA Division I competition. And he didn’t stop sliding until accomplishing the first sweep of the Florida State Golf Association’s three major tournaments in that organization’s history and easily earning FSGA Player of the Year status.

Seiffert’s magical spring and summer earned him No. 4 on the list of The News Herald Sports Department’s Top 10 stories of the year.

Seiffert, 21, began his FSGA domination rather quietly by qualifying for the Amateur with a medalist round of 68. He went on to win that event by four strokes at The Bear Club in Jupiter.

He then ramped his game to gain the Florida Open trophy by an incredible nine shots at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club and eased to the Match Play title with a clinching 4-and-3 triumph against FSGA Junior Player of the Year Hank Lebioda at the Country Club of Orlando.

“I look at it as a perfect ending to a perfect summer,” Seiffert said last month. “After I won the State Am I made it a goal to obtain Player of the Year. … To win all three was unbelievable.”

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