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Men’s Golf Team Opens Spring Season

Feb. 2, 2010




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which is ranked fourth nationally in the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin Rankings and fifth by Golf Week Magazine, opens its spring season at the 20th Annual Mauna Lani Invitational at the North Course at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii. The Seminoles will face 22 teams, including three of the country’s top-five and 12 of the top-25, according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings of the top collegiate teams in the country. The tournament is played on the 6,913 yard, par 72 North Course at Mauna Lani Resort and consists of three 18-hole rounds.

THE 20TH ANNUAL MAUNA LANI INVITATIONAL FIELD
No. 4/5 Florida State is joined by No. 1/1 Oklahoma State, No. 2/2 Stanford, No. 6/7 Arizona State, No. 8/12 Washington, No. 13/17 Oregon State, No. 5/8 Texas, No. 16/21 Southern Cal, No. 17/22 Georgia Tech, No. 19/19 Texas Tech, UC Davis, UCLA, Colorado, California State East Bay, Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii-Manoa, Oregon, Rhode Island, San Francisco, San Jose State, Sanoma State University and Texas Christian in the 20th Annual Mauna Lani Invitational on the North Course at the Mauna Lani Resort. Florida State finished in 10th place in the team standings of the event last season.

JONES NAMED MID-SEASON NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
After a fall season that included two victories and three top-five finishes, Florida State men’s golf coach Trey Jones was named Golf Digest’s Mid-Season National Coach of the Year. Jones and his No. 5 nationally ranked Seminoles have been hungry to prove their Golf World/Nike Golf preseason ranking of No. 25 woefully underestimated what this team is capable of accomplishing this year. In their four fall starts, each player has made a significant impact on the course. Junior Drew Kittleson took home a first place finish at GolfWeek Conference Challenge, senior Seth Lauer finished third at the Olympia Fields Invitational (one of his two top 10 individual finishes of the fall season) and sophomore Brooks Koepka tied for fifth at Brickyard Intercollegiate (he also earned a pair of top five individual finishes during the fall season.)

TWO SEMINOLES NATIONALLY RANKED AMONG TOP 20 INDIVIDUALS
Seminole sophomore Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is ranked No. 11 and senior Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) is ranked No. 19 in Golf Week’s rankings of the top individual golfers in the collegiate game at the beginning of the spring season. Koepka finished in fourth place at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate and in a tie for fifth place at the Brickyard Intercollegiate as he finished in an average finishing of ninth place in three tournaments during the fall season. Lauer, who finished in second place at the Gary Koch and in a tie for third at the Olympia Fields Invitational, averaged a team leading 70.73 strokes in 11 rounds during four fall events.

FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2009)
Name              Tourn.  Rds   Par   -75  Low   Stks   Avg
Seath Lauer       4       11    6     11   66    778    70.73
Brooks Koepka     3       8     6     8    67    566    70.75
Cameron Knight    1       3     2     2    70    216    72.00
Drew Kittleson    4       11    4     9    68    800    72.73
Doug Letson       4       11    5     8    70    807    73.36
Michael Hebert    3       8     3     5    70    590    73.75
Wesley Graham     3       8     2     4    69    595    74.38
Cameron Knight    1       3     2     2    70    216    72.00

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