March 27, 2011
GREENSBORO, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Drew Kittleson shot an even par 72 and is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in seventh place in the team standings after the first round of the Linger Longer Invitational on the Great Waters Course. Kittleson was one of 16 golfers in the field who carded an even par or better score in the first round of the event.
Chattanooga and Alabama are tied for first in the team standings after the first 18 holes with identical scores of 284. The Seminoles are only 12 strokes behind the leaders and only five strokes from moving into the top five in the team standings. Cory Whitsett of Alabama is the overall individual leader as he carded an eight under par score of 64.
Florida State counted one score at par (72 by Kittleson), two at two over par 74 (Brooks Koepka and Joaquin Lolas) and one at four over par 76 (Bjorn Hellgren). The Seminoles have one player currently in the top 10 of the individual standings (Kittleson) and two in the top 25 (Koepka and Lolas).
“We came out ready to play and played some good golf early,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “We had four balls in the water and two out of bounds on the back nine. We have to clean that up through better course management and execution.”
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) continued his torrid play this spring with 14 of 18 holes at par or better with one eagle and three birdies. He eagled the par five hole No. 2 and was on his way to a low score early in the round. With an eagle and a birdie on toe of his first five holes he was as many as three strokes under par and never more than one stroke over par during the round. Kittleson closed with two birdies on his final four holes to finish at even.
The eagle adds to Kittleson’s strong shots already this season – he also earned a hole in one earlier this season at the Gator Invitational in finishing in a tie for first place in the individual standings.
“Drew continues to lead us and is playing like an All-American,” said Jones.
The second hole was a strong one for the Seminoles as it was eagled by Kittleson, Lolas and Hellgren.
Koepka played par or better golf on 16 of the 18 holes he played during the first round and strung together 13 consecutive holes at par or better in keeping himself below par during the majority of the round. Lolas eagled the second hole and was able to also keep himself below par for much of the round. He was a many as two strokes under par and never more than two strokes over par during the round. Lolas totaled 12 holes at par or better with one eagle and three birdies.
“Joaquin made some freshman mistakes but has a great attitude, listens well and continues to improve,” said Jones.
The Seminoles will play the second of three rounds in the event on Monday and conclude the event with a third rounds of 18 hole scheduled for Tuesday.
“This team is in good spirits and is confident,” said Jones. “I am looking forward to tomorrow.”
Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results
Great Waters Golf Course/Greensboro, N.C./March 27-29, 2011
7/13. Florida State 296
T9. Drew Kittleson 72
T24. Brooks Koepka 74
T24. Joaquin Lolas 74
T37. Bjorn Hellgren 76
T56. Kyle Cobb 78
Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results Great Waters Golf Course/Greensboro, N.C./March 27-29, 2011 T1. Chattanooga 284 8. Memphis 298 T1. Alabama 284 T9. Mercer 300 3. Stanford 289 T9. Coastal Carolina 300 T4. Kennesaw State 291 11. Furman 307 T4. Georgia 291 T12. Jacksonville 309 6. Charlotte 295 T12. Appalachian State 309 7. Florida State 296