Feb. 1, 2011
KAILUA KONA, Hawaii (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which earned two top five finishes in four events during the fall season, opens its spring season as it travels to play in the Amer Ari Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii Hilo. The event is jam-packed with six top 25 teams and will be played at the Kings Course at the Waikoloa Golf Club in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
THE AMER ARI INVITATIONAL FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 7 Texas, No. 9 Stanford, No. 22 Texas Tech, No. 24 Southern California, No. 25 Washington, Arizona State, Oregon State, Texas Christian, UC Davis, Colorado, Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii Manoa, San Jose State, Oregon, San Francisco and Western Washington University. The three-round, 54 holes tournament will be played at the Kings Course at the Waikoloa Golf Club. The course is a Par 72, 7,074 yards course designed by Tom Weiskopf.
SEMINOLES LOOK TO REPEAT MAGIC OF 2010 SPRING SEASON
Florida State begins its spring season looking to improve on its third place national finish from a season ago. The Seminoles finished in second place in the stroke play portion of the national championship tournament and advanced to the Final Fore of the match play portion of the championship where they fell to eventual national champion Augusta State. It was the best national finish in the history of the program and best in the coaching career of head coach Trey Jones.
KOPEKA LEADS FLORIDA STATE THROUGH FALL SEASON
Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) earned a pair of top three individual finishes and led the Seminoles with a 71.75 stroke average in Florida State’s four fall tournaments. He finished in second place at the Gary Koch Invitational with a season low score of 208 and finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings at the Brickyard Invitational. Koepka was Florida State’s top finisher in three of the Seminoles’ four fall events as he finished in the top 20 in the individual standings in three of their four events. He led the team in rounds at par or better (six), rounds scored at 75 or better (11 of 12), low score (67 in the second round of the Brickyard Invitational) and low stroke average.
KITTLESON BEGINS FINAL SEASON AS A SEMINOLE
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who finished as the individual champion of the NCAA Central Regional in 2010, returns for his final season as Seminole as he looks to lead the Seminoles into the NCAA Championship for the school record tying fourth consecutive season. Kittleson earned regional All-American honors as a junior and is one of the top seniors in all of collegiate men’s golf this season. He finished in 10th place at the Sun Bowl Championship – a showcase of the nation’s top senior players, in November. Kittleson ranked second on the team during the fall season with a 73.00 stroke average.
GRAHAM KEEPS HIMSELF IN THE SEMINOLES’ LINE-UP
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.), who played in all four events for the Seminoles during the fall season, is once again in the Seminoles’ line-up for the Amer Ari Invitational this week. He played in 11 of the Seminoles’ 13 events during the 2009-10 season including the ACC Championship, the NCAA Central Regional Championship and the NCAA Championship tournament. With his appearances in each of the Seminoles’ four events during the fall season, he has now played in 15 of the Seminoles’ last 17 events in the last two seasons.
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Combined - Fall 2010) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Brooks Koepka 4 12 6 11 67 861 71.75 Drew Kittleson 4 12 4 10 68 876 73.00 Wesley Graham 4 12 5 10 69 879 73.25 Tyler Sluman 1 3 1 1 72 227 75.66 Kyle Cobb 3 9 1 5 71 682 75.78 Joaquin Lolas 2 6 0 2 73 455 75.83 Doug Letson 4 12 3 4 70 912 76.00