June 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University golfers Brooks Koepka and Drew Kittleson, who helped lead the Seminoles golf team to a third place finish in the NCAA Championship finals this year, have been named to the PING All-America team announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It marks the first time both Kittleson and Koepka haven been honored as All-Americans.
Koepka earned All-American Third Team honors while Kittleson earned All-American honorable mention honors
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) helped lead the Seminoles to a No. 6 national ranking by GolfStat while in his sophomore year and was named as the ACC Player of the Year, an honor shared with Virginia’s Ben Kohles. Named ACC freshman player of the Year in 2009, Koepka is one of seven players in league history to be named both ACC player of the Year and the ACC Rookie of the Year during his career. Koepka is the second player in school history to receive ACC Player of the Year the first being Christian Raynor in 1994.
Koepka, a sophomore, finished the season ranked fourth overall in the ACC with a career-low 71.91 stroke average after ranking sixth in the ACC with a 72.58 stroke average during his first collegiate season.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the Seminoles as he finished in a tie for sixth place in the stroke play portion of the 2010 NCAA Championship at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. In 2009 Kittleson earn honors of playing in the 2009 Master’s and U.S Championship after placing second place at the U.S Amateurs’ Championships. With a sixth overall finish at the NCAA Championships, Kittleson contributions helped secure a third place in team standings for the Seminoles – the highest in school history for the men’s golf program.
Kittleson, a junior, earned medalist honors at the Inaugural GolfWeek Challenge in the fall of 2009 and then became the first player in school history to win individual championship honors at the NCAA Central Regional in the spring of 2010.
“I couldn’t be happier for both Brooks and Drew because I know how hard they both worked this season,” said head coach Trey Jones. “The dedication they devoted to making themselves better players showed our younger players the amount of hard work it takes to become an All-American caliber player. That’s what leaders are made of – the ability to lead their teammates by example. It was because of their leadership that we were able to perform so well at nationals.”