Oct. 7, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team plays in its third – and final – tournament of the fall season as they travel to play in the Second Annual Brickyard Collegiate Golf Championship at the Brickyard at Riverside Golf Club in Macon, Ga., Oct. 11-13. The event will be played over 54 holes on three days at the Brickyard at Riverside – a par-72, 7,128 yard layout in Macon, Ga. The Seminoles have earned a pair of top-10 team finishes in their first two events of the fall season with a seventh place finish coming at the season-opening Fighting Illini Invitational.
THE 2008 BRICKYARD COLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 3 Georgia, No. 9 Clemson, No. 14 Chattanooga, No. 20 Georgia Tech Augusta State, Duke, Charlotte, Hartford, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Oregon, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in the Second Annual Brickyard Collegiate Championship. The course originally opened in 1961. In 2007, Golf Digest ranked the course as the 12th best in the state of Georgia. The course was re-designed by mark McCumber and re-opened in 2005. Georgia, with a 33-under par total, won the team title while Georgia’s Harris England captured medalist honors at the Inaugural Brickyard Collegiate in 2007.
SAVAGE SONTINUES TO BE A CONSISTENT PLAYER
Senior All-American Matt Savage has been one of the most consistent players in the history of the Florida State men’s golf program during his career. He has earned 24 top-25 finishes in 35 events including ten top-10 finishes during his career as a Seminole. He finished in third place in the individual standings twice during his career (fall 2006 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and Spring 2008 ACC Championship) and finished in a tie for fourth place at the spring 2007 Gator Invitational. In nine of the 10 events in which he has finished in the top ten of the individual standings, the Seminoles have finished in sixth place or better in the team standings. Savage finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles to the team championship at the fall 2007 Inverness Intercollegiate and finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings at the spring 2008 ACC Championship as the Seminoles won their first ACC Championship in school history.
GRAHAM AND KOEPKA BREAK INTO SEMINOLES’ LINEUP
Florida State’s fabulous freshman duo of Wesley Graham and Brooks Koepka played well in their first dual appearances in the Seminoles’ starting line-up at the PING / GolfWeek Preview. Koepka played in his second career event (he also played in the Fighting Illini Invitational) and averaged a career-low 74.33 strokes in finishing in tie for 38th place while Graham averaged 76 strokes and finished in a tie for 52nd place.
LORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State averages 290.5 strokes per round as a team in the second round of its first three tournaments which is nearly 10 strokes better than its first round team average of 298.0…the Seminoles’ two highest single round team scores have come in the first round of an event while their best team score (287) came in the third round of the Olympia Fields Invitational…senior Matt Savage was Florida State’s top finisher in the Seminoles’ first two events of the fall season…Savage has earned four of the Seminoles’ top-10 individual scores in the first two tournaments of the fall including a team-best 67 in the third round of the Fighting Illini Invitational…Savage and sophomore Drew Kittleson finished with 214 totals at the Fighting Illini Invitational – the two best tournament scores during the fall…Florida State has finished in the top-10 of six consecutive regular season tournaments.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2008) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Matt Savage 2 6 4 5 67 432 72.00 Drew Kittleson 2 6 1 5 70 436 72.67 Brooks Koepka 2 6 0 4 72 448 74.67 Seath Lauer 2 6 0 3 72 452 75.33 Wesley Graham 1 3 0 0 76 228 76.00 Nicholas Smith 1 3 0 2 74 230 76.67