March 5, 2011
DADE CITY, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State University junior Brooks Koepka carded a five under par 67 and moved into a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and helped the Seminole men’s golf team moved into a tie for fourth place in the team standings after two rounds of the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Koepka began the second round in a tie for 21st place and moved up a total of 16 positions and begins play in the third round only five strokes out of the individual lead. The Seminoles began the second round in a tie for seventh place and finished with the second best team score of the round to moved into the top five of the team standings.
Middle Tennessee State continued to own a stranglehold on the team lead as the Blue Raiders carded the best team score for the second consecutive day. The Blue Raiders are 25 strokes under par and hold a 20 stroke lead over North Texas State with 18 holes to play. Hunter Green of Middle Tennessee is the individual leader after two rounds with a 10 under par total of 134 for the first 36 holes of the event.
“While this is only one round, it is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “Hopefully we can build on this and gain confidence in each other.”
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) carded a 67 in the second round and has a five under par total of 139 in the first two rounds. He carded an even par 72 in the first round. After earning a par on his first hole of the round he birdied his second hole to move under par – where he would stay for the reminder of the round. With six birdies during the round he was as many as six strokes under par before a bogey on hole 18 gave him a five under par score of 67 when he signed his card at the end of the round.
Koepka has nine birdies through his first 36 holes of the afternoon and has been at or below par in 23 of his first 26 holes played in the tournament.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) also played well and finished with a four under par score of 68. His score of 68 in the second round was six strokes better than his score of 74 in the first round and gave him a two round total of two under par 142. Kittleson is in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings.
Kittleson began his round well with a birdie on hole one and with five birdies on his first 11 holes worked his way to as many as five strokes under par with only three holes to play. He was one over par on his final three holes to finish with his score of 68. He began the round in a tie for 35th place and advanced his position by 23 positions in the individual standings.
“Drew and Brooks obviously put us on their shoulders today and went out and took care of business,” said Jones.
Senior Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) also played well and helped the Seminoles finish with their best team score of the spring season. Cobb carded 16 holes at par or better with two birdies to score a one under par 71 while Graham was three under par over his last 11 holes to finish at even par 72. Cobb and Graham are in a tie for 39th place in the individual standings.
With inclement weather expected for Sunday’s third and final round, the shotgun start has been moved up to 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
USF Invitational/Par 72/March 4-6, 2011/Second Round Florida State Results Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla. T4/21. Florida State 296 278 574 T5. Brooks Koepka 72 67 139 T12. Drew Kittleson 74 68 142 T39. Kyle Cobb 76 71 147 T39. Wesley Graham 75 72 147 T49. Bjorn Hellgren 75 74 149
USF Invitational/Par 72/March 4-6, 2011/Second Round Team Results Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla. 1. Middle Tennessee 551 T11. Missouri State 588 2. North Texas 571 13. Jacksonville State 592 3. Villanova 573 14. Florida Atlantic 593 T4. Florida State 574 15. Marquette 595 T4. Arkansas State 574 T16. DePaul 599 6. UCF 579 T16. Toledo 599 7. Florida Gulf Coast 580 18. Cincinnati 601 8. Troy 581 19. Florida Southern 605 9. Eastern Michigan 584 20. Austin Peay 619 10. South Florida 587 21. Rhode Island 628 T11. Louisville 588