March 23, 2009
RANCO SANTE FE, Calif. –
The No. 22 ranked Florida State University men’s golf team defeated No. 10 Texas Tech, 3-1-1, in the first round of match play at the Callaway Match Play Championship at the Farms Golf Club. The Seminoles’ victory over the Red Raiders advanced them to the second of three rounds of championship bracket match play where they will meet Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders defeated San Diego State in the first round.
The Seminoles advanced to the championship round of match play with a strong finish in the first two rounds of stroke play on Sunday. The Seminoles finished in a tie for second place during the 36 holes of stroke play (behind No. 6 ranked Indiana and tied with San Diego State) and were one of eight teams to qualify for play in the championship bracket. Freshman Brooks Koepka led Florida State through the two rounds of stroke play with an even par total of 144.
Koepka was again a standout golfer for the Seminoles in match play as he defeated Santiago Rivas by a 2 and 1 count. The Seminole freshman took the lead on the third hole and held that lead until the match was declared over after 17 holes. Koepka worked hard and increased his lead to as many as four holes before dropping two of the last three holes. He was up by two with only the 18th hole remaining to be played and was award the victory.
Florida State’s Drew Kittleson, won his first round match by a 3-2 count over Nils Floren. The sophomore, who will play in this years Master’s and U.S. Open Championships, took the lead after nine holes were played and never looked back. Kittleson built his lead over the final seven holes and was declared the winner when he held a three hole lead with only two holes remaining to be played.
Seminole All-American Matt Savage played one of only two matches that went the 18 hole distance. Savage led the match for 12 of the first 13 holes before falling into a tie. With the match tied and only two holes remaining to be played, Savage won the 17th hole and tied the 18th hole to gain the victory.
Seminole junior Seath Lauer earned a tie in his match against Texas Techs’ Will Griffin. Lauer never trailed and led by as many as three holes before falling back into a tie over the final three holes of the match.
The Seminoles are in contention to claim the team championship. Should they defeat Middle Tennessee State, they would face the winner of the semifinal match between UCLA and Indiana for the title on Tuesday.
Florida State defeats Texas Tech, 3-1-1 Florida State (4) vs. Texas Tech (1) Drew Kittleson (FSU) def. Nils Floren (TT), 3 and 2 Matt Savage (FSU) def. Santiago Rivas (TT), 1 up Brooks Koepka (FSU) def. Garrett Merrell (TT), 2 and 1 Chris Ward (TT) def. Cameron Knight (FSU), 6 and 4 Seath Lauer (FSU) tied Will Griffin (TT), halved