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Golf Third At Golden Ocala

May 6, 2010

OCALA, Fla. –
Florida State University junior Drew Kittleson finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and the No. 10 Seminole men’s golf team finished in third place in the team standings at the second annual Golden Ocala Invitational at the Golden Ocala Golf Club. The event was a one-day, 36-hole event tournament designed to give five teams from the state of Florida a chance to play against outside competition between the teams’ respective conference tournaments and the NCAA regional championships.

Florida, the host team, won the event as they outdistanced the field with a 31 under par score of 545. Playing on a par 72 layout, the Gators finished 16 strokes under par in the first round and 15 strokes under par in the second round. The Gators were followed in the team standings by North Florida, Florida State, UCF and USF. Florida’s Andres Echavarria earned medalist honors with a 12-under par total of 132. The Gators finished 1-2-3-4 in the individual standings.

Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) played his best golf of the spring season as he finished in a tie for fifth place with a three-under par score of 141. It was his best 36-hole score of the spring and second best of his junior season. Kittleson’s 141 total for the two rounds played in this event was rivaled by only his 139 total for the first 36 holes of the fall season opening GolfWeek Challenge. He shared medalist honors in that event with a nine under par score. Kittleson’s under par score was his first since finishing at nine under par in the GolfWeek Challenge in September.

Freshmen Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) and Michael Hebert (Orlando, Fla.) finished in a tie for 11th place and in 14th place respectively. The finish for Letson was the second best of his first season (he finished in a tie for ninth in the GolfWeek Challenge) as it was for Hebert (he finished in a tie for seventh place in the Gator Invitational in March).

The Seminoles, who entered the Golden Ocala as the No. 10 ranked team in the nation, will now participate in the NCAA Tournament at one of six regional sites May 20-22. The sites are: The Capital City Country Club (Alpharetta, Ga.), The Warren Golf Course (Notre Dame, Ind.), The Carlton Oaks Country Club (San Diego, Calif.), The Traditions Club (College Station, Texas), The Gold Mountain Country Club (Bremerton, Wash.) and the Yale University Golf Club (New Haven, Conn.) The Championship finals are June 1-6 at the Honors Course at the University Tennessee Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn. The selections will be announced on May 10.

Golden Ocala Invitational/Par 72/Final Florida State Results
Golden Ocala Golf Club/Ocala, Fla./May 6, 2010
3/5.    Florida State     284   294   578
T5.     Drew Kittleson    69    72    141
T11.    Doug Letson       70    73    143
14.     Michael Hebert    70    74    144
T15.    Wesley Graham     71    74    145
20.     Seath Lauer       74    74    148
28.     Brooks Koepka     76    80    156

Golden Ocala Invitational/Par 72/Final Team Results
Golden Ocala Golf Club/Ocala, Fla./May 6, 2010
1.   Florida          272   273   545
2.   North Florida    288   286   574
3.   Florida State    284   284   578
4.   UCF              286   283   579
5.   South Florida    303   298   601

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