Sept. 19, 2008
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill –
Sophomore Drew Kittleson, who finished as the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Amateur this past summer, is in a tie for fifth place after shooting an even par 70 in the first round of the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club. The Seminoles are in 13th place in the team standings after the first round of the three round tournament.
Kittleson trails Joseph Bramlett of Stanford and Alex Martin of Indiana by two strokes. Bramlett and Martin carded identical scores of two-under par 68 and were two of the four golfers in the 75-player field to shot under par. Martin and his Indiana teammates are tied with Illinois and Penn State for first place in the team standings – all three Big Ten teams shot eight over par scores of 288.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was never more than one shot over par during the entire round as he carded three birdies and 12 holes of par. He was even par on both the front nine and the back nine to finish as even par on the par 70 course. Kittleson will play in both the 2009 Master’s and U.S. Open Championships after his runner-up finish at the U.S. Amateur in August.
Kittleson’s best career finish came at the 2008 ACC Championship as he earned a tied for sixth place finish.
Senior Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) carded a three-over par score of 70 and is in a tie for 21st place in the individual standings. He carded two birdies mid-way through his back nine to bring his sore to even. Senior Nicholas Smith, junior Seath Lauer and freshman Brooks Koepka are also competing for the Seminoles.
Olympia Fields Invitational/Olympia Fields, Ill./Par 70 Olympia Fields Country Club/Sept. 19-21, 2009/First Round FSU Results 13/15. Florida State 300 T5 Drew Kittleson 70 T21. Matthew Savage 73 T56. Seath Lauer 77 T69 Brooks Koepka 80 T73. Nicholas Smith 82
Olympia Fields Invitational/Olympia Fields, Ill./Par 70 Olympia Fields Country Club/Sept. 19-21, 2009/First Round FSU Results T1. Indiana 288 T8. UCF 296 Illinois 288 T10. Duke 297 Penn State 288 UCLA 297 4. Vanderbilt 289 12. SMU 298 T5. Texas 290 13. Florida State 300 Stanford 290 14. Purdue 303 7. Oklahoma 291 15. Northwestern 308 T8. Arizona State 296