September 17, 2009 - by
Golf Plays At Olympia Fields

Sept. 17, 2009

The Florida State men’s golf team, which is ranked No. 25 in the nation in the first poll of the fall 2009 season by Golf World Magazine, plays in its second event of the season as it travels to participate in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon on the North Course at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields Ill., Sept. 18-20, 2009. The event is the second of four fall events for the Seminoles. The Seminoles won their first tournament of the season – the Inaugural GolfWeek Conference Challenge – with an eight stroke victory over Iowa at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside, Ia.

No. 25 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 9 Florida, No. 10 Southern Cal, No. 12 Illinois, No. 23 Texas, Augusta State, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, San Diego State and Wake Forest in the 2009 Olympia Fields Invitational. The event will be played on the Par 70, 7,157-yard North Course at the Olympia Fields Country Club. Illinois, the host school, is the defending team champion while Zach Barlow of Illinois and Alex Martin of Indiana, who finished tied for individualist honors in 2008, both return to defend their titles this weekend.

Florida State rallied from four strokes down entering the final round and stormed to an eight stroke victory over Iowa to claim the championship of the Inaugural GolfWeek Conference Challenge at the Blue Top Ridge Club Golf Club in its first event of the fall 2009 season. The Seminoles shot the second best team round of the three-round event (281) in the final round to earn the victory in the season opening tournament for men’s collegiate golf. Junior Drew Kittleson staged a rally of his own as he shot a third-round best four-under par 68 to finish as the co-champion in the individual standings. He began the final round in a tie for second place and two strokes behind Iowa’s Brad Hopfinger in the race for individual medalist honors. Kittleson shot a 68 in the final round while Hopfinger shot a 70 to draw the two players into a tie. Kittleson birdied four of his final seven holes to draw even at the end with Hopfinger.

The Seminoles’ victory at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge was their first of the season and fifth in the last three seasons under head coach Trey Jones…the individual victory by Drew Kittleson was the first of his collegiate career after he spent the spring and summer of 2009 playing in the Master’s and US Opens…the Seminoles’ starting line-up carded nine of 15 rounds at par or better including four of five during the final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge…Florida State played with two freshmen (Doug Letson and Michael Hebert) in the first event – the pair combined for three rounds at par or better in the first tournament of the fall season.

Name             Tourn.  Rds.   Par   -75   Low   Strokes   Avg
Drew Kittleson   1       3      3     3     68    207       69.00
Seath Lauer      1       3      2     3     70    215       71.67
Doug Letson      1       3      2     3     70    215       71.67
Wesley Graham    1       3      1     2     71    220       73.33
Michael Hebert   1       3      1     2     72    224       74.67

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