Feb. 6, 2009
KOHALA COAST, Hawaii –
Senior All-American Matt Savage led Florida State with a four-under par 68 and the Seminole men’s golf team posted the fourth best team score of the final day of play to finish in a tie for 10th place at the spring-season opening University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcan Invitational at the Mauna Lani Resort.
No. 2 ranked Southern California earned the tournament championship as the Trojans outdistanced Washington by 11 strokes. The Trojans took the lead from the Huskies during the second round and held on to win the championship. Florida State finished in a tie for 10th place – one place behind Georgia Tech who was the only other ACC team participating in the event.
Savage finished the tournament with a personal tournament-best four-under par 68 and in a tie for 65th place in the final individual standings. He played his best golf of the three-round tournament in the final round after carding uncharacteristic scores of 81 in the first and second rounds. Savage’s 68 in the final round allowed him to improve his individual placing by 31 positions after his first and second round scores.
Sophomore Drew Kittleson led Florida State as he finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings. He carded a career-best six-under par 66 in the second round and an even par 72 in the final round after finishing with an eight-over par 80 in the opening round. He was a total of six-under par over the final 36 holes after finishing at eight over par after the first 18 holes.
Freshman Brooks Koepka carded a three-under par 69 in the final round and finished in a tie for 43rd place with a three-round total of 224. He was three under par over the final 18 holes after finishing 11 over par in the first two rounds. Junior Cameron Knight who carded a one-over par 73 in the first round finished in a tied for 43rd place in the individual standings with a three-day total of 225.
“This was a great event and I believe it will be the beginning of a good spring season,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We learned a great deal and look forward to our next tournament in Gainesville. We had four players play a good round this week but we need five players to play 54 holes and we will then start competiting for tournament titles.”
Florida State will play its’ next event in Gainesville, Fla., at the Gator Invitational Feb. 14-15. Florida State will play host to the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee March 6-8.
19th Annual Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate/Mauna Lani Resort Kohala Coast, Hawaii/Par 72/Feb. 4-6, 2009/Final Florida State Results 10/17. Florida State 311 293 286 890 T15. Drew Kittleson 80 66 72 218 T39. Brooks Koepka 78 77 69 224 T43. Cameron Knight 73 75 77 225 T65. Matt Savage 81 81 68 230 T80. Seath Lauer 80 75 80 235
19th Annual Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate/Mauna Lani Resort Kohala Coast, Hawaii/Par 72/Feb. 4-6, 2009/Final Team Results 1. Southern Cal 851 T10. Florida State 890 2. Washington 862 T10. Oklahoma 890 3. Texas Christian 870 12. UC Davis 892 4. Stanford 872 13. Hawaii-Hilo 910 5. Oregon 873 14. Fresno State 923 6. Colorado 874 15. Kansas 924 7. Arizona State 875 16. San Francisco 928 8. Texas Tech 879 17. Hawaii 947 9. Georgia Tech 879