Aug. 31, 2009
RIVERSIDE, Iowa –
Junior Drew Kittleson fired a three-under par 69 and moved into a tie for second place in the individual standings and the Florida State men’s golf team moved into second place in the team standings after two rounds of the Inaugural GolfWeek Collegiate Challenge at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course. Kittleson has a 139 two-day total and begins play in the final round of the tournament only two strokes behind the individual leader. As a team, Florida State begins play in Tuesday’s final round only four strokes behind Iowa in the team standings.
Iowa, the host for the event, carded the best team score of the day – an eight under par 280 – to move into first place in standings. The Hawkeyes began the day in fourth place and were eight strokes behind Baylor. Florida State, which shot the third best team score of the second round, is in second place and is followed by Baylor in third place. The Seminoles began play in the second round in third place and moved up one position in the standings. Brad Hopfinger of Iowa holds the individual lead with a two-round total of seven-under par 137.
Kittleson, who carded a two under par 70 in the first round and a three under par 69 in the second round, has a career-best 36-hole total of 139. He was nearly flawless in the second round with 15 holes of par and three birdies. Following a birdie on his second hole he spent the remainder of the round under par. Kittleson was two under on the front nine and one under on the back nine.
Junior Seath Lauer continued his strong play in the Seminoles’ season-opening tournament with a two-under par score of 70. He was three-under par on the back nine to finish three stokes better than his first round score of 73.
“We needed Seath and Drew today and they came through for us,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Seath is driving the ball well and hitting solid iron shots. He is rolling the ball well and close to making a lot of putts. Drew’s strength is his short game. This week his ball striking is solid but he is not making many putts outside 10′. I would not be surprised if both of them put it all together tomorrow and used their experience to carry this team.”
Seminole Freshmen Doug Letson (two-round total of 145) and Michael Hebert (two-round total of 146) continued to play well for the Seminoles. Both newcomers are in line to earn top-25 individual finishes in the first events of their careers. Letson begins play in the final round in a tie for 18th place while Hebert is in a tie for 23rd place. Sophomore Wesley Graham carded a one-over par 73 in the second round and has a 54-hole total of 149.
“The freshmen competed well and played under par on the back nine.’ said Jones. “Wesley came back with a better round but missed some opportunities on the final four holes that prevented him from being under par.”
“We always tell them the only way we can win is if they each take care of themselves and are not be concerned with anything else,” concluded Jones. “I am looking forward to seeing how they accept the challenge of playing for a team championship with three new players.”
The final round of the event begins Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. CST.
Inaugural GolfWeek Collegiate Challenge/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results Blue Top Ridge Golf Course/Riverside, Iowa/August 30-Sept. 1, 2009 2/15. Florida State 287 285 572 T2. Drew Kittleson 70 69 139 T11. Seath Lauer 73 70 143 T18. Doug Letson 72 73 145 T23. Michael Hebert 72 74 146 T40. Wesley Graham 76 73 149
Inaugural GolfWeek Collegiate Challenge/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Blue Top Ridge Golf Course/Riverside, Iowa/August 30-Sept. 1, 2009 1. Iowa 568 9. VCU 589 2. Florida State 572 10. Illinois State 592 3. Baylor 575 11. Texas-Arlington 594 4. Coastal Carolina 576 12. Georgia Southern 597 5. Vanderbilt 578 13. New Mexico State 598 6. M. Tennessee St. 579 14. Memphis 601 7. Xavier 581 15. South Florida 604 8. Cal 584