August 31, 2009 - by
Kittleson Leads Seminole Men’s Golf Team Into 2nd Place at GolfWeek Conference Challenge

Aug. 31, 2009

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

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