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Kittleson Leads Florida State At Olympia Fields Invitational

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

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