Sept. 21, 2008
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. –
Florida State University sophomore Drew Kittleson and senior All-American Matt Savage finished in a tie for 11th in the individual standings to lead the Seminole men’s golf team to a seventh place finish in the team standings at the Olympia Fields Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club. The Seminoles carded their best team round of the three round event as they carded four scores of 74 or better for the second consecutive day as Savage tied for the best score of the third round with three-under par score of 67.
Florida State improved its team standing in both the second and third rounds as the Seminoles improved individually over the final 36 holes. The Seminoles were in 13th place after the first round, in 10th place after the second round and finished seventh in the final standings.
Illinois, the host school, won the team championship with an 11-stoke victory over Indiana. Illinois was tied for first after the first round, in second after the second round and won the championship by posting a tournament-best 279 team score in the final round. Zach Barlow of Illinois and Alex Martin of Indiana shared medalist honors with one-under par scores of 209.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) led Florida State in the final round with a three-under par score of 67. He carded five birdies and was under par on his final 11 holes of the event. Savage closed his round with two birdies over his final four holes to finish at three-under par. It was Savage’s 14th top-15 finish in his 34-event career as a Seminole.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.), who will play in the 2009 Master’s and U.S. Opens after finishing as the runner-up at the 2008 US Amateur, finished with a three-over par score of 73 and a total of 214. His tied for 11th place finish marked the fourth top-15 finish of his Seminole career. Kittleson began the event as he carded an even par score of 70.
Freshman Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played his best round of the tournament over the final 18 holes as he finished with a three-over par score of 73. He finished his final two rounds at five over par with scores of 72 and 73 after finishing at 10-over par in the first round of the tournament. Koepka finished in a tie for 45th place while playing in the first event of his collegiate career.
Senior Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) carded his second consecutive round of 74 and finished with a three-round total of 230. He was a total of eight over par in the second and third rounds after finishing with a 12-over par score of 82 in the first round. Junior Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) carded a second round score of 72 and finished in a tie for 58th place with a 28 total for the 54-hole event.
The Seminoles continue their fall schedule at the PING / GolfWeek Preview in Toledo, Ohio Sept. 28-30.
Olympia Fields Invitational/Olympia Fields, Ill./Par 70 Olympia Fields Country Club/Sept. 19-21, 2009/Final Results 7/15. Florida State 300 289 287 876 T11. Matt Savage 73 74 67 214 T11. Drew Kittleson 70 71 73 214 T45. Brooks Koepka 80 72 73 225 T58. Seath Lauer 77 72 79 228 66. Nicholas Smith 82 74 74 230
Olympia Fields Invitational/Olympia Fields, Ill./Par 70 Olympia Fields Country Club/Sept. 19-21, 2009/Final Results 1. Illinois 852 9. UCF 878 2. Indiana 863 10. Penn State 880 3. Oklahoma State 864 11. Vanderbilt 882 4. Stanford 867 12. UCLA 886 5. Texas 871 13. Northwestern 891 6. Arizona State 872 14. Purdue 892 7. Florida State 876 15. SMU 909 8. Duke 877