March 28, 2011
GREENSBORO, Ga. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State junior Brooks Koepka and freshman Joaquin Lolas shot scores of two under par 70 to lead the Seminole men’s golf team into fifth place in the team standings with one round remaining in the Linger Longer Invitational on the Great Waters Course. Koepka, Lolas and senior Drew Kittleson are all in the top 10 of the individual standings as the Seminoles play for their third consecutive top five team finish. All three of the Seminoles’ top golfers are tied for ninth in the individual standings.
No. 4 Alabama holds a nine stroke lead over Chattanooga in the race for the team championship. The Seminoles begin play in the final round only five strokes from moving into the top three in the team standings. Florida State has finished in the top three in its last two events – second in the USF Invitational and third in the Seminole Intercollegiate. Cory Whitsett of Alabama continues to hold the individual lead with a four stroke advantage over Stephen Jaeger of Chattanooga with 18 holes remaining to be played.
“We had a good team round on a cold and rainy day,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We are getting better and gaining confidence. That is what you want this time of year.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) moved into the top 10 in the individual standings as he carded a two over par 70 in the second round – a four stroke improvement from his first round score of 74. He carded seven birdies during the round with five coming on his back nine. Koepka began his back nine with four consecutive birdies and was as many as three strokes under par during the round. He was at or below par on 15 of his 18 holes played during the second round.
Lolas (Lima, Peru) also carded a two-under par score of 70 – and with four birdies – was below par for 17 of the 18 holes he played during the round. After a par on his first hole of the round he birdied his second hole to move below par where he stayed for the remainder of the round. Lolas was as many as three strokes under par and finished the round at two under par. He birdied three of his final nine holes of the round.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) continued his consistent play as he carded his second consecutive score of even par 72. He has a two round total of 144 and is tied with Koepka and Lolas for ninth place in the individual standings. A total of 14 of the 75 golfers including Kittleson, Koepka and Lolas are at par or better entering the final round.
Kittleson played four holes under par to match his total from the first round of the tournament. He totaled four birdies over the second set of 18 holes and now has seven birdies and one eagle during the tournament. Kittleson was two under par over his final 10 holes to finish at 72 and keep himself in contention for his fourth consecutive top 10 individual finish. He finished in a tie for first at the Gator Invitational, in third at the USF Invitational and in a tie for ninth place at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Kittleson is a cumulative total of minus 13 strokes under par in his last 11 rounds played during his last four tournaments.
“The more Joaquin plays and travels the better he gets,” said Jones. “Drew is due a under par round tomorrow. He struggled with his long game and relied on his outstanding short game to shoot even par. That is what good players do and what we need our other guys to learn. Brooks had a good round but hit two really bad shots on the par 3’s that cost him double bogies. His short game is much improved but it is hard to chip from Lake Oconee.”
Florida State played the third best team round and was one of three teams to finish at par or better in the second round. The Seminoles improved their team score by six strokes in the second round compared to their first round score and are the only team in the tournament that has three players currently placed in the top 10 of the individual standings.
“This is a really good golf course that can get you in a lot of different ways,” said Jones. “As soon as you hit a loose shot you pay for it.”
The third and final round is scheduled to begin at 8:30 on Tuesday morning.
Linger Longer Invitational/Mar. 27-29. 2011/Second Round Florida State Results Great Waters Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./Par 72 5/13. Florida State 296 288 584 T9. Drew Kittleson 72 72 144 T9. Brooks Koepka 74 70 144 T9. Joaquin Lolas 74 70 144 T47. Bjorn Hellgren 76 76 152 T65. Kyle Cobb 78 79 157
Linger Longer Invitational/Mar. 27-29. 2011/Second Round Florida State Results Great Waters Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./Par 72 1 Alabama 562 8. Kennesaw State 588 2. Chattanooga 573 9. Coastal Carolina 598 3. Stanford 575 10. Jacksonville 601 4. Georgia 580 11. Mercer 607 5. Florida State 584 12. Furman 611 6. Memphis 585 13. Appalachian State 617 7. Charlotte 586