April 6, 2011 - by
Noles To Thunderbird Invitational

April 6, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which has earned three consecutive top five team finishes, travels to play in the 39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational at Arizona State University’s Karsten Golf Course April 9-10, 2011. The Seminoles’ participation in the event is a homecoming for Seminole senior All-American candidate Drew Kittleson who grew up in nearby Scottsdale – just over 10 miles from the course on the ASU campus. The event is the final regular season tournament for the Seminoles who will play in the 58th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference championship April 22-24 at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, N.C, in their next event.

Florida State is joined by No. 10 San Diego State, No. 18 Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, Cal State Northridge, Northwestern, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Southern California, UC Irvine, UNLV, and Washington State the 14 team event. The event will be contested on the Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State University in Tempe, Az. It is a 7,057 yard, par 71 course that will host the event for 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday for a total of 54 holes. Washington won the team championship while J.J. Spaun of San Diego State won the individual title in 2010. Spaun will play in the field in an attempt to defend his title.

Florida State’s Drew Kittleson, who earned the third individual victory of his career at the Seminole Intercollegiate, 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 (Scottsdale, Az.) earned two top three finishes in three tournaments with his tied for first place performance at the Seminole Intercollegiate and his third place finish at the USF Invitational helping Florida State climb back into the race for the national championship. His outstanding individual placings allowed the Seminoles to earn three top five team finishes. Kittleson was a total of 10 strokes under par for the month – he was eight under at the USF Tournament, five under at the Florida State Tournament and three over par at the Longer Longer Invitational. He carded two eagles during the month and was not above par in four of the nine events he played in during the month.

Junior All-American candidate Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) has earned top 10 individual finishes in each of his last three events including a tied for fourth place finish at the USF Invitational. He finished in tied for ninth in both the Seminole Intercollegiate and the Linger Longer Invitational. He has earned top 10 finishes in five of his nine events this year. Koepka has now earned 14 top 10 finishes during the first three years of his career.

Seminole freshman Joaquin Lolas (Lima, Peru) 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 in Florida State’s last outing. Lolas finished the 54 hole tournament with two sub par rounds of 70 to finish with a two under par score of 214. He was magnificent over the course of the final two rounds of the tournament as he was under par for all but two of his final 36 holes. Lolas was as many as three strokes under par in the second round and as many as two strokes under in the third round.

Florida State Men's Golf Statistics (Combined Fall 2010/Spring 2011)
Name             Tourn.	Rds  Par  -75   Low   Strokes   Avg
Brooks Koepka    9      27   11   24    67    1,935     71.67
Drew Kittleson   9      27   14   25    66    1,951     72.26
Wesley Graham    8      24   7    18    69    1,788     74.50
Joaquin Lolas    6      18   4    11    70    1,341     74.50
Bjorn Hellgren   5      15   3    8     70    1,122     74.73
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       76.23

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