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Koepka Leads Men’s Golf

March 4, 2011




DADE CITY, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior Brooks Koepka shot an even par 72 and is in a tie for 21st in the individual standings and the Florid State men’s golf team is in 12th place in the team standings after the first round of the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Koepka was one of 21 golfers in the 104 golfer field to finish at par or better in the first round and is only five strokes out of the individual lead with two rounds and 36 holes remaining to be played.

Middle Tennessee, with two of its players tied for first in the individual standings are in first place in the team standings after the first round. The Blue Raiders are followed in the team standings by North Texas – the Mean Green are six strokes behind the team lead. A total of four players – Hunter Green and Brad Simons of Middle Tennessee, Conor Casey of Villanova and Carlos Ortiz of North Texas – are tied for the individual lead with identical scores of five under par 67.

“We left a great deal of shots on the course today,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “We made too many bogeys on par 5’s and short par 4’s that were a result of poor execution.”

Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) was very consistent during the round with 15 holes at par or better with three birdies. After two bogeys on his first two holes, he quickly righted his ship and was two under par over his final 16 holes. Koepka was even par on both his front and back nine.

Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) is in a tie for 35th place in the individual standings with a two over par score of 74. He, too, was very consistent during the round with 15 holes at par or better and two birdies. Kittleson was at even par over his final six holes of the round.

“The only thing this team needs is confidence,” said Jones. “At times, they are trying too hard and are getting in their own way. Success and confidence go hand in hand and we are close but obviously not there.”

The Seminoles will tee off on the second round at 8:05 a.m. and will play with UCF and Jacksonville State.

USF Invitational/March 4-6, 2011/First Round Florida State Results
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla./Par 72
12/21.  Florida State      298
T21.    Brooks Koepka      72
T35.    Drew Kittleson     74
T47.    Wesley Graham      75
T47.    Bjorn Hellgren     75
T64.    Kyle Cobb          76

USF Invitational/March 4-6, 2011/First Team Results
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla./Par 72
1.    Middle Tennessee      274   12.   Florida State      296
2.    North Texas           280   13.   Marquette          297
3.    Villanova             283   T14.  South Florida      299
4.    Florida Gulf Coast    285   T14.  DePaul             299
T5.   Arkansas State        287   16.   Cincinnati         300
T5.   Troy                  287   T17.  Toledo             303
T7.   Missouri State        291   T17.  Florida Southern   303
T7.   Louisville            291   19.   Florida Atlantic   305
T9.   Eastern Michigan      293   20.   Austin Peay        315
T9.   Jacksonville State    293   21.   Rhode Island       321
11.   UCF                   293

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