March 10, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which finished in second place at the USF Invitational last week, plays host to 17 of the nation’s top teams in the Seminole Intercollegiate at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee March 11-13. The Seminoles have earned a pair of top 10 finishes in their last two events with a second place finish at USF and a seventh place finish at the Gator Invitational. The Seminoles have a strong history in the event in recent years with the team championship in 2008 and 2010 and a third place finish in 2009.
THE 2011 SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State will play host to No. 18 Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Houston, Jacksonville, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Mississippi State, Mount St. Mary’s, Nicholls State, North Carolina, North Carolina Charlotte, North Texas, South Florida and Troy in the Seminole Intercollegiate. The three round event will be played over three days of 18 holes beginning at 7:30 on March 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday) and 8:30 on March 13 (Sunday). The teams will go off of holes No. 1 and 10 each day. The Fred Couples/Gene Bates designed opened in Tallahassee in 2002 and gave the Florida State program and the city of Tallahassee another of the top courses in the southeastern part of the United States.
THE 2010 SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE
Florida State enters the 2011 Seminole Intercollegiate as the defending champion after taking a one stroke win over South Carolina in the 2010 event which was also played at Southwood Golf Club. The Seminoles held off the hard charging Gamecocks in the final round to claim their third tournament championship of the season. South Carolina’s Paul Woodbury defeated Florida State’s Seath Lauer in a four hole playoff to claim the individual championship. Wesley Graham finished in a tie for third place and Drew Kittleson in a tie for 20th in the individual standings in last year’s event.
FLORIDA STATE FINISHES SECOND AT USF INVITATIONAL
Senior Drew Kittleson tied his career best score with a six under par 66 and sophomore Brooks Koepka shot a two under par 70 in the third round to finish in third and fourth place respectively in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in the Seminoles last event. Kittleson carded five birdies and one eagle over his final 18 holes in helping Florida State to the runner-up spot in the team standings as the Seminoles earned their best finish of the fall and spring seasons.
KITTLESON AT GATOR INVITATIONAL
Senior Drew Kittleson finished in a tie for first place but lost the individual championship on the fourth playoff hole to Florida’s Andres Echavarria and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in seventh place in the team standings as play in the Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida came to a close. Kittleson shot a 69 in the final round to pull into a four way tie for first in the individual standings. Kittleson also carded his best three day score of the year.
With his first place finish at the Gator Invitational All- American Drew Kittleson has now earned nine career top 10 finishes as a Seminole with three of them putting him at the top of the leader board for three individual career championships. He carded his first win in fall of 2009 at the Golfweek Challenge, where he also had his career low score of 207. His second win came at the 2010 NCAA Central Regional championship. Kittleson is an All-American candidate and top candidate for National Player of the Year honors.