Sept. 17, 2011
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Wesley Graham is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in a tie for fifth place in the team standings with one of remaining to be played in the Olympia Fields / Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club. Graham begins play in Sunday’s final round looking to earn his fifth career top 10 finish and his first since finishing in a tie for second place at the 2010 NCAA Central Regional when he earned a career best tie for second place finish.
Stanford maintained its lead in the team standings and leads both Oklahoma State and Auburn in the race for the team championship. The Cardinal owns a seven stroke lead over the Cowboys and a 17 stroke lead over the Tigers. Andrew Yun of Stanford holds the individual lead with a two day total of four under par 134.
Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) continued to lead the Seminoles as he carded a two over par score of 72 and has a two day total of 143. After a bogey on his first hole of the round, he was one over par during the remainder of his round with one birdie and 14 more holes at par. Graham was even par of his final six holes of the round.
“My ball striking has been very solid,” said Graham after his second consecutive solid round. “I just need a couple of putts to drop and I’ll be fine. I’m really happy with our team right now; we have a great group of guys here this weekend and we are playing good golf. We can all play better — we know that our best golf is ahead of us.”
Senior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) continued to play well as he carded a three over par score of 73 and has a two day total of 145. He was one under par with a team high five birdies over the course of his first round and totaled six of nine rounds at par on his back nine. Koepka is in a tie for 19th place and is looking for his seventh top 20 finish in his last eight events.
Junior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.), who is playing in his first event as a member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up since the fall of 2010, shot a 74 in the second round and has a two day total of 147. He shot a 73 in the first round and followed that up with a 74 in the second round. Letson played 13 holes at par or better with one birdie and now has played 18 of his 36 holes in the first two rounds at par or better.
Florida State is paired with Alabama and Texas in Sunday’s final round.
Fighting Illini Invitational/September 16-18, 2011/First Round Florida State Results Olympia Fields Country Club/Olympia Fields, Ill./Par 70 T5/15. Florida State 289 294 583 T9. Wesley Graham 71 72 143 T17. Brooks Koepka 72 73 145 T32. Doug Letson 73 74 147 T38. Daniel Berger 73 75 148 T56. Joaquin Lolas 75 77 152
Fighting Illini Invitational/September 16-18, 2011/Second Round Team results Olympia Fields Country Club/Olympia Fields, Ill./Par 70 1. Stanford 559 9. Illinois 588 2. Oklahoma State 570 T10. Florida 589 3. Auburn 578 T10. Notre Dame 589 4. Texas 579 T10. Ohio State 589 T5. Florida State 583 13. Duke 595 T5. Alabama 583 14. Arizona State 600 7. Augusta State 585 15. Northwestern 612 8. Indiana 587