March 27, 2010
GREENSBORO, Ga. –
Sophomore Brooks Koepka, the second ranked collegiate golfer in the nation according the GolfWeek Magazine, shot a two over par 74 and is in a tie for 22nd place in the individual standings and the Seminoles men’s golf team is in seventh place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Linger Longer Invitational at the Landing of Reynolds Plantation Golf Course.
Oklahoma State, which has two players in the top five of the individual standings, took over the team lead as it played even par golf on the second day. The Cowboys were tied for the team lead with Furman after the first round and will begin play in the final round with a five stroke lead of second place Alabama. Furman is now in fourth place in the team standings. Ben Cauley of Alabama, who shot a 64 in the first round of the tournament, maintained his position on top of the team standings as he carded a one over par 73 in the second round. He leads Sean Einhaus of Oklahoma State by five strokes heading into Sunday’s final round.
The Seminoles improved their position in the standings late in Saturday’s round as they finished a cumulative total of five under par over the final three holes of the second round.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) led Florida State’s late charge as he birdied two of his final three holes of the afternoon to finish with a two over par score of 74. He was as many as four strokes over par during the round and closed with the Seminoles’ top score of the afternoon. Koepka will begin the final round of the event only five strokes out of fifth place entering the final round. He has earned three top five finishes in his first six events of the 2009-10 fall and spring seasons.
Florida State sophomore Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) and junior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) are tied for 29th place with identical scores of 151. Kittleson carded a second round score of 76 with five birdies and a three under par score on his back nine during the second round. He carded six birdies in the second round after carding only two in the first round of the event. Graham, who led the Seminoles with a score of 73 in the first round, was even par on his back nine with eight holes at par or better.
Senior Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) finished the second round with a three-over par score of 75 – two strokes better than his first round score of 77. He is in a tie for 35th place in the team standings. Freshman Michael Hebert (Orlando, Fla.) earned the Seminoles’ best improvement from round one to round two as he carded a three over par 75 in the second round. He improved his score by nine strokes as he recorded five brides in the second round as compared to zero in the first round.
Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results The Landing at Reynolds Plantation Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./March 26-28 7/16. Florida State 301 300 601 T20. Brooks Koepka 76 74 150 T29. Wesley Graham 73 78 151 T29. Drew Kittleson 75 76 151 T35. Seath Lauer 77 75 152 T68. Doug Letson 82 76 158 * T73. Michael Hebert 84 75 159 * playing as an individual
Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/Second Round Team Results The Landing at Reynolds Plantation Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./March 26-28 1. Oklahoma State 579 T8. Kennesaw State 606 2. Alabama 584 10 Charlotte 609 3. Texas A&M 590 11. Oklahoma 614 4. Furman 592 12. Coastal Carolina 615 5. Georgia Tech 598 13. S. Alabama 618 6. Georgia 599 14. USC - Aiken 623 7. Florida State 601 15. San Jose State 632 T8. Louisville 606 16. Mercer DQ