Oct. 2, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. –
The No. 18 Florida State men’s golf team is in a tie for second place in the team standings and Seminole junior Brooks Koepka is in third place in the individual standings after two rounds of the Gary Koch Invitational at the Old Memorial Golf Club. Koepka fired scores of 69 and 68 in Saturday’s first two rounds and begins play in Sunday’s final round of 18 holes five strokes off of the lead of Ben Kohles of Virginia.
Kohles and Koepka – who were selected by the ACC Coaches as the 2010 Co ACC Players of the Year – will battle for medalist honors in the final round. Kohles carded scores of 67 and 65 and holds a three stroke lead over Jack Fields of North Carolina and a five stroke lead over Koepka. Virginia has three players in the top eight of the individual standings which has elevated the Cavaliers to a 16 stroke lead over both Florida State and Auburn heading into the final round.
“I am pleased with the progress we made since we left Olympia Fields,” said head coach Trey Jones.
“The areas we addressed were management and full swing execution and we did a very food job of that today. However, we were not sharp around the greens and that is generally our strength.”
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.), who finished in fourth place at this event a year ago, continued to play well at the famed Old Memorial Golf Course. With scores of 69 and 68 and a 137 total he is one stroke ahead of the pace he set for himself last year in leading the Seminoles to the team championship in the event. Koepka closed the tournament last season with a 67 in the final round for a personal career best 205 tournament score. He also came within five strokes of tying his personal career best for a 36 hole score (132 in the spring 2009 Florida State Spring Break Invitational.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) showed his resiliency as he bounced back in the second round with a four under par score of 68 to tie Koepka for the best single round score among the six Seminoles playing in the event. After carding a very uncharacteristic 75 in the first round, Kittleson shaved seven strokes from his scored and finished with a 68 in the second round. Kittleson is in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings.
“You can not compete without rounds in the 60’s,” said Jones. “Brooks and Drew provided that for us today.”
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) continued to play solid golf this fall and is in 25th place with scores of 72 and 73 and a two round total of 145. Fellow junior Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) who is playing in his first event as a member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up is in 28th place with a 36-hole total of 147.
Florida State will play with Virginia and Auburn beginning at 8:50 a.m. Sunday as they attempt to win their fourth event in the last two seasons.
Gary Koch Invitational/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Old Memorial Golf Club/Oct. 2-3, 2010 T2/12. Florida State 289 283 572 3. Brooks Koepka 69 68 137 T15. Drew Kittleson 75 68 143 25. Wesley Graham 72 73 145 28. Kyle Cobb 73 74 147 32. Tyler Sluman 77 72 149 * 36 Doug Letson 76 74 150 * competing as an individual
Gary Koch Invitational/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Old Memorial Golf Club/Oct. 2-3, 2010 1. Virginia 556 T6. North Florida 581 T2. Florida State 572 T8. North Carolina 583 T2. Auburn 572 T8. College of Charleston 583 T4. Coastal Carolina 578 10. Georgia Southern 590 T4. Middle Tennessee 578 11. Kentucky 597 T6. UNC Greensboro 581 12. South Florida 608