March 26, 2010
Sophomore Wesley Graham is in tie for sixth place in the individual standings and the No. 8 ranked Florida State men’s golf team is in fifth place in the team standings after the first of three rounds at the Linger Longer Invitational at the Landing at Reynolds Plantation Golf Course. Graham birdied two of his final five holes and is only one stroke from moving into the top four in the individual standings.
Furman, with three of its players in the top 12 of the individual standings, and No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State are tied for first in the team standings with identical scores of 293. The Paladins were led by Austin Reeves who finished the first round with a one-under par score of 71 – he is in third place in the individual standings. The Cowboys are led by Sean Einhaus who is in second place in the individual standings with a two-under par score of 70. Bud Cauley of Alabama blistered the course in the first round and sits on top of the individual standings with an eight under par score of 64.
Graham is playing solid golf this spring with a 10th place finish at the season-opening Mauna Lani Invitational and a third place finish at last week’s Seminole Intercollegiate.
Graham was even on his front nine with birdies on holes one, two and six and was one over on the back nine with birdies on holes 14 and 18. He played even par golf over his final 15 holes of the round. Graham is looking to finish as the Seminoles’ overall leader for the first time this year.
“Wes continues to make strides in the right direction,” said head coach Trey Jones. “He did not have his best stuff today and hung in there pretty well.”
Junior Drew Kittleson, who has finished in the top 20 in both of the Seminoles’ last two events, finished the first round of the Linger Longer with a three over par score of 75. He finished the first round the best of his Seminole teammates at one under par with one birdie and four holes of par over his last five holes and is in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings.
Sophomore Brooks Koepka, the nation’s second ranked golfer by GolfWeek Magazine, is playing for his fourth top five and sixth top 20 finish of the year. He finished the first round with a four over par score of 76 and is in a tie for 24th place. Koepka was cruising along at even par at 13 holes but finished the round at four over par on his last five holes to finish at 75.
Senior Seath Lauer, a nominee for the Ben Hogan Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, is in a tie for 37th after carding a five over par 77 in the first round. He played 13 of his 18 holes at par or better during the round.
“We got off to a great start today,” said Jones. “I like the game plan we have for tomorrow; if we can make some good swings and roll in some putts we will be back in it.
The Seminoles will play with Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech in the second round and will tee of their second set of 18 holes at 9:10 a.m.
Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results The Landing at Reynolds Plantation Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./March 26-28 5/16. Florida State 300 T6. Wesley Graham 73 T19. Drew Kittleson 75 T24. Brooks Koepka 76 T37. Seath Lauer 77 T77. Doug Letson 82 * T85. Michael Hebert 84 * playing as an individual
Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/First Round Team Results The Landing at Reynolds Plantation Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./March 26-28 T1. Furman 293 T9. Texas A&M 305 T1. Oklahoma State 293 T9. Coastal Carolina 305 3. Alabama 294 11. Louisville 307 4. Georgia Tech 297 12. USC - Aiken 311 5. Florida State 300 13. San Jose State 313 6. Kennesaw State 303 14. Mercer 314 T7. Charlotte 304 15. Oklahoma 316 T7. Georgia 304 16. South Alabama 317