April 10, 2011
TEMPE, Az. (seminoles.com) –
Freshman Joaquin Lolas shot a final round 74 and finished in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in eighth place in the team standings as Florida State closed out its regular season at the Thunderbird Invitational at the Arizona State University Golf Course. Lolas finished as the Seminoles’ leader for the second consecutive tournament after carding his career best single round score of 68 in the second round of the event.
Southern California, which took over the lead late in the second round, ran away with a 14 stroke victory over No. 4 ranked San Diego State to claim the team championship. The Trojans placed their top four players in the top seven of the individual standings in taking home the championship trophy. J.J. Spaun of San Diego State shot a four under par 67 in the final round to win his second consecutive Thunderbird Invitational individual championship.
Lolas (Lima, Peru) finished in a tie for 16th place with a 215 total for the three round event. It marked the second consecutive event that he had finished at the top of the Seminoles’ leader board; he led Florida State with a tie for seventh place finish at the Linger Longer Invitational in late March. Lolas’s 215 total for the three round tournament was one stroke off of his career best of 214 which he established at the Linger Longer.
Lolas has now earned two consecutive top 25 individual finished after not having finished within the top 25 of the first five events of his Florida State career. He carded all three rounds under 75 for his third consecutive tournament and averaged 71.67 strokes per round in finishing inside for the top 20.
Freshman Bjorn Hellgren (Vasteras, Sweden) played the best round of golf for the Seminoles in the final round as he carded an even par 71. He was one over par over the final two rounds of the event in finishing in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings. Hellgren was as many a two strokes under par for the afternoon as he birdied two of his first 15 holes. He had a clean card with 13 holes at par and two birdies after 15 holes and finished at even par. For the afternoon he was at par or better on 16 of the 18 holes he played.
Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished as the Seminoles’ second highest ranking player along with Hellgren. Both Koepka and Hellgren finished in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings. Koepka finished with a 72 in the final round for a 217 total. Koepka has now earned five consecutive top 30 individual finish with his finish in the Thunderbird coming as his first in four events outside of the top 20.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) who was playing in his homecoming, finished in a tie for 35th place after carding a six over par score of 77 in the third round. It was his first round scored over par in the tournament as he carded an even par 71 in the first round and a one under par 70 in the second round.
Florida State now continues its preparations for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship April 22-24 at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C.
39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational/Par 71/Final Florida State Results Arizona State University Golf Course/Tempe, Az./April 8-10, 2011 8/13. Florida State 290 283 293 866 T16. Joaquin Lolas 73 68 74 215 T27. Brooks Koepka 72 73 72 217 T27. Bjorn Hellgren 74 72 71 217 T35. Drew Kittleson 71 70 77 218 T64. Wesley Graham 76 75 76 227
39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational/Par 71/Final Team Results Arizona State University Golf Course/Tempe, Az./April 8-10, 2011 1. Southern Cal. 837 8. Florida State 866 2. San Diego State 851 9. Northwestern 869 3. UNLV 857 T10. Colorado State 871 4. CSU Northridge 863 T10. UC Irvine 871 T5. California 864 T12. Washington State 883 T5. Arizona State 864 T12. San Jose State 863 7. Pepperdine 865