April 5, 2009
ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
Florida State University golfer Brooks Koepka continued his outstanding freshman season as he shot a two-under par 70 and is in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in 13th place in the team standings after the first round of the United States Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia.
The Seminoles, who are ranked No. 18 in the latest GolfStat/Sagarin Power Rankings, are playing without one of their top golfers – Drew Kittleson – who is playing in the Master’s Championship at Augusta with his first of three practice rounds coming on Monday. Kittleson is the Seminoles’ top golfer this year with a 72.04 stroke average; the Seminoles counted three scores above 72 in the first round of the US Collegiate Championship.
Additionally, the event is one of the most powerful in men’s collegiate golf this spring with 15 of the top 30 teams in the nation vying for the championship.
No. 5 Clemson is the team leader after the first round with a five-under par score of 283. The Tigers have a one stroke lead over UCLA and a two stroke lead over Southern California. Erik Flores of UCLA is the individual leader after carding a seven-under par 65 over the first 18 holes.
Koepka played beautifully throughout the first round as he carded seven birdies and 13 holes at par or better. He was two under par on his first nine and was even par on his back nine. After birdying his first hole he was not over par and was as many as four strokes under par during the round. Koepka recorded three consecutive birdies on holes 11, 12 and 13 to move to four under par and was a total of one under par over his final eight holes to finish as the Seminoles’ leader.
“With Drew out of the line-up while playing in the Master’s, this week provides an opportunity for some guys to step up and assume new roles,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Some guys look to pull the buggy and others are more comfortable being passengers. Brooks demonstrated that he has no problem leading this team.”
Junior Cameron Knight is in a tie for 37th place after carding a two-over par 74. He was at or under par on 15 of his 18 holes including two birdies. Senior All-American and junior Seath Lauer carded identical scores of seven over par 79 and are in 70th place in the individual standings.
“Matt and Seath had poor putting rounds and need to rectify that tomorrow,” said Jones. “We are expecting some extreme cold, rain and wind in the second and third rounds. If the forecast is correct, mental toughness will be a necessity.”
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Par 72/April 5-7, 2009 Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./First Round Florida State Results 13/15. Florida State 302 T7. Brooks Koepka 70 T37. Cameron Knight 74 T70. Matt Savage 79 T70. Seath Lauer 79 78. Wesley Graham 88
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Par 72/April 5-7, 2009 Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./First Round Team Results 1. Clemson 283 T7. Georgia Tech 291 2. UCLA 284 10. Georgia 295 3. Southern Cal. 285 T11. Florida 296 4. Washington 287 T11. Texas A&M 296 T5. Oklahoma State 289 13. Florida State 302 T5. Stanford 289 14. Indiana 303 T7. South Carolina 291 15. E. Tennessee State 306 T7. Alabama 291