TALLAHASSEE — Consider it the amateur version of winning baseball’s Triple Crown and then being named the Most Valuable Player in the league.
That doesn’t quite do justice to what Chase Seiffert accomplished en route to claiming the distinction of Florida State Golf Association Player of the Year.
Seiffert, 21, a senior at Florida State University and a Mosley graduate, became the first player in the history of the FSGA to capture its Triple Crown by winning the State Amateur, Florida Open and Amateur Match Play championships over the summer.
His FSGA accolade acquired recently was more like a foot note to re-emphasize a phase of extended excellence.
“I look at it as a perfect ending to a perfect summer,” Seiffert said Tuesday. “After I won the State Am I made it a goal to obtain Player of the Year. … To win all three was unbelievable.”
To add more perspective to the achievement, Seiffert said that only one other player in the history of the FSGA had won two of its three majors in one season.
Seiffert, who last month completed the fall schedule at FSU, foreshadowed what would ensue last spring by being named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team as a junior and competing with his team throughout the NCAA national tournament.
He 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.
Seiffert 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.
Player of the Year in a state with such a solid legacy of outstanding golfers has had some after-effects. Foremost, possibly, is that it’s prompted Seiffert to want to push the envelope on a developing career in the sport.
“It makes me set some pretty high goals,” he said, quickly adding that his dominance tailed off in recent months. “I came into fall season expecting to play well. I wouldn’t say it kind of hurt me, but I expected the summer to continue and it didn’t.
“It taught me to stay in the present. That nothing is given in this game, and to keep working hard and get better than I was this summer.”
Player of the Year also helped familiarize his name with some potential sponsors that could be advantageous when Seiffert plans to launch a professional career next summer.
The fall season behind him, Seiffert said that he has been “decompressing, I never really got time off from the summer.” He said his semester ends Dec. 14, and he has plans to play in the South Beach Invitational Dec. 16-20 in the Miami area. That tournament, Seiffert said, could attract as many as 200 of the top collegiate players around the country and is the most prestigious amateur event during the holidays.
He will return to Bay County afterward and have time off to enjoy playing golf with friends in the area. He mentioned All-America status for 2013 as one of his immediate goals, and attempting to leave his mark on the Seminoles’ men’s golf program.
FSU coach Trey Jones isn’t about to allow Seiffert to become satisfied with his accomplishments.
“My coach has talked about it after I didn’t have a very good fall,” Seiffert said. “He said you want to get better than you were, to reset my mindset.
“You’ve got to keep pushing forward. Don’t settle.”