April 9, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. –
Florida State University junior Drew Kittleson, who was playing in the Master’s Championship this time last year, is in first place in the individual standings with a two round total of 142 and the No. 10 ranked Seminole men’s golf team is in fourth place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Wolfpack Intercollegiate on the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University. Kittleson carded a 74 in the first round and came back with a three-under par 68 in the second round to hold a one stroke lead over North Carolina’s Chase McFarland.
North Carolina leads the team standings after two rounds as the Tar Heels boast the second (McFarland) and third place (Henry Zaytoun) golfers in the 90 player field. The Tar Heels hold a seven stroke lead over NC State, an eight stroke lead over Duke and an 11 stroke lead over the Seminoles. Teams from the ACC hold the top five places in the team standings as nine of the 11 men’s golf playing schools are competing in this event with the ACC Championship only two weeks away.
The Seminoles carded the second best team score of the second round and moved from a tie for ninth in the team standings after the first round and into fourth place after two rounds. The tournament has one round of 18 holes remaining to be played on Saturday.
Kittleson, who played in both the Master’s and US Open Championships in 2009, tied his season low with his score of 68 in the second on Friday’s two rounds. He was never above par during the second round and played progressively better as the round went on. Kittleson birdied his first hole and two of his first eight to make the turn at one under par (in the shotgun format he began play in the second round on hole 11). He caught fire and scored four birdies on his next nine holes to finish the round at three under par.
“Drew made 12 birdies today; he is gaining confidence at a very good time for our team.”
Seminole sophomore Brooks Koepka, the seventh ranked NCAA Division I golfer, is in a tie for 19th place with a 147 total for the two rounds. He was very consistent over the 36 holes played on the first day of the tournament with scores of 74 and 73. Koepka played his best golf of the on his back nine during the second round as he was one under par with two birdies and only one hole over par.
“Brooks’ ball striking is very frustrating to him but his improved maturity is helping him get around the course.”
Seath Lauer, Florida State’s lone senior in its starting line-up, carded an even par 71 in the second round and has a two round total of 148. He realized a seven stroke improvement in the second round after he shot a six over par 77 in the first round. Lauer, a nominee for the Hogan Award as the top golfer in college golf, is in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings.
“Seath continues to show how important it is to have a senior in the line-up.”
Koepka, five strokes out of the lead, and Lauer, six strokes out of the lead of Florida State’s Kittleson will start the final round well within striking range of the top golfers in the tournament.
“My guys played like men after one of the worst starts I have ever seen,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We started on some very hard holes in cold rain and high wind, which were compounded by bad golf shots that led to our start. We always talk about getting better as the day goes on and we certainly did not give in.
“Don’t count us out tomorrow. If we get a look at the lead with six holes to play — I like our chances. Either way, I am proud of our guys and I appreciate their effort.”
Wolfpack Invitational/Par 71/Second Round Florida State Results Lonnie Pool Golf Course/Raleigh, N.C./April 9-10, 2010 4/18. Florida State 303 286 589 1. Drew Kittleson 74 68 142 T19. Brooks Koepka 74 73 147 T24. Seath Lauer 77 71 148 T53. Wesley Graham 78 74 152 78. Doug Letson 79 78 157
Wolfpack Invitational/Par 71/Second Round Florida State Results Lonnie Pool Golf Course/Raleigh, N.C./April 9-10, 2010 1. North Carolina 578 10. Purdue 598 2. NC State 585 11. Maryland 599 3. Duke 586 12. East Carolina 600 4. Florida State 589 13. Wake Forest 604 5. Georgia Tech 590 T14. Virginia Tech 606 6. Coastal Carolina 590 T14. New Orleans 606 7. NC State (B) 590 16. Michigan 607 8. Virginia 593 17. UNC Wilmington 608 9. VCU 594 18. College of Charleston 609