April 20, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which has finished in the top five in the team standings in five of its 10 events this year, begins post season play as it travels to play in the 58th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championships April 22-24 at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C. Florida State enters the 2008 ACC Championship looking to win the second ACC golf title in school history after winning the men’s championship for the first time in 2008. The Seminoles have finished in the top five of the team standings in three of the last four seasons and five times since joining the conference for the 1991-92 academic year.
THE 2011 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Duke, No. 20 Virginia, No. 21 NC State, No. 27 Wake Forest, No. 31 Clemson, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech in the 2011 ACC Men’s Golf Championship. A total of three rounds of 18 holes will be play over three days at the Par 72m 7,102 yard course at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C. Georgia Tech is the two-time defending champion in the event. Chesson Hadley of Georgia Tech won the individual championship and will not be back to defend his title after graduating last spring. Florida State finished in fifth place in the ACC Championship last season and has finished in the top five of the team standings in three of the last four seasons. Jonas Blixt, in 2008, became the first Seminole player to win individual medalist honors in leading Florida State to the championship in 2008.
FLORIDA STATE’S ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HISTORY
Florida State won the 2008 ACC Men’s Golf Championship to mark the first time the Seminoles had finished higher than third in the championship since joining the league for the 1991-92 academic year. The Seminoles finished third in the 1994 ACC Championship, fourth in the 1996 event and tied for fourth in 2007 for its three best finishes since joining the conference prior to claiming the championship last season. The Seminoles participated in their first ACC Tournament in 1992 and this season will mark their 20th ACC tournament as a member of the conference. Jonas Blixt (medalist, 208 score in 2007), Bobby Cochran (second place, 212 score in 1994), Christian Raynor (second place, 211 score in 1995) and George McNeil (second place, 212 score in 1996) have earned the top individual finishes for the Seminoles during ACC Championship play.
KITTLESON AND KOEPKA COMPETING FOR ALL-ACC HONORS
Senior Drew Kittleson (who earned All-ACC honors in 2009) and Brooks Koepka (who earned All-ACC honors in 2010) are competing again this season to earn All-ACC honors for the second time in their respective careers. The Seminoles’ top two golfers rank first and second on the team in scoring average and enter the ACC Tournament as two of the top golfers in the ACC. Kittleson (72.30) and Koepka (71.73) both enter the 2011 ACC Championship with career low scoring averages. Koepka was named the ACC Player of the Year along with Ben Kohles of Virginia in 2010 and was an All-American Third Team selection in 2010. Kittleson was an All-American Honorable Mention selection and w0n the individual championship at the NCAA Central Regional Championship in 2010.
KITTLESON AND KOEPKA ARE ACC REGULARS
Senior Drew Kittleson and junior Brooks Koepka are regulars at the ACC Championship during their careers. Kittleson, who helped lead Florida State to the ACC title in 2008, will play in his fourth ACC Championship while Koepka will play in his third this weekend at the Old North State Club. Both players have earned top 10 finishes (Koepka, tied for fifth in 2010 and Kittleson, tied for sixth in 2008) and both have earned one score in the 60’s (Kittleson carded a 68 in the second round in 2008 and Koepka carded a 69 in the third round in 2009).
KITTLESON NAMED GOLFER OF THE MONTH OF MARCH
Senior Drew Kittleson, who earned the fourth individual victory of his career at the Seminole Intercollegiate in March, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golfer for the month of March along with Mitchell Sutton of NC State and James White of Georgia Tech. It marked the first time Kittleson has earned the honor and the first time a Seminole men’s golfer has been so honored by the ACC.
KITTLESON’S INDVIDUAL WINS
Senior Drew Kittleson has finished in first place in two events this spring – the Gator Invitational and the Seminole Intercollegiate. Entering the 2011 ACC Championship he has finished in first place in the individual standings in three of the Seminoles’ last 12 events dating to the spring 2010 NCAA Central Regional. Kittleson won the NCAA Central Regional at the Warren Course at Notre Dame to become the first player in school history to win a regional championship. His two wins this spring have doubled his victory total for his entire career.
KOEPKA WITH SIX TOP-10 FINSHES AS A JUNIOR
Junior Brooks Koepka earned a career high six top 10 individual finishes this year (fall and spring seasons combined). He tied the best finish of his career as he placed second at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate during the fall season; he also finished in second place at the Florida State Spring Break Invitational in the spring of 2009 and in the Mauna Launa Invitational at the University of Hawaii in the spring of 2010. He has earned seven career top five individual finishes.
GRAHAM TO PLAY IN SECOND ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Wesley Graham, who was Florida State’s leading golfer in the fall season opening Olympia Fields Invitational, will play in his second career ACC Championship tournament this weekend at the Old North State Club. He has played in nine of the Seminoles’ 10 events this year and is averaging 74.33 strokes in 27 rounds played this season. Graham has earned two top 25 finishes as a junior and finished in a tie for 27th place in the 2010 ACC Championship as he closed the event with a 69 in the final round.
LOLAS SOLIDIFIES SPOT IN STARTING LINE-UP
Freshman Joaquin Lolas has performed well in his first season in the Seminoles’ starting line-up and enters the ACC Championship ranked third on the team with a 74.09 stroke average in 21 rounds during seven tournaments. Lolas carded his career best score of 68 in the second round of the Thunderbird Invitational at Arizona State on April 9 and has significantly improved his scoring average in his last three events. Lolas has shaved nearly four strokes per round from his scoring average and has earned three consecutive top 30 finishes.
LOLAS EARNS BEST FINISH AT LINGER LONGER
Florida State freshman Joaquin Lolas earned the best finish of his career – tied for seventh place – to lead the Seminole men’s golf team to a fifth place finish in the final team standings at the Linger Longer Invitational. Lolas finished the 54 hole tournament with two sub par rounds of 70 to finish with a two under par score of 214.
HELLGREN ADDED TO ROSTER; JOINS LINE-UP
Freshman Bjorn Hellgren enrolled at Florida State in January of 2011 and immediately joined the Seminoles’ starting line-up. He was one of only three Seminoles to play in all three events for the spring and earned his first career top 10 finish – tied for seventh – at the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate in March. He finished with his career best scores for a single round (70), 36 holes (141), gross tournament score (212), tournament score vs. par (-1) and finish (tied for seventh) at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Combined Fall 2010/Spring 2011) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strks Avg Brooks Koepka 10 30 11 27 67 2,152 71.73 Drew Kittleson 10 30 16 27 66 2,169 72.30 Joaquin Lolas 7 21 5 14 68 1,556 74.09 Bjorn Hellgren 6 18 4 11 70 1,338 74.33 Wesley Graham 9 27 7 19 69 2,015 74.63 Kyle Cobb 7 21 3 14 71 1,574 74.95 Doug Letson 5 15 3 5 70 1,141 76.07 Tyler Sluman 3 9 2 5 71 686 76.22