Aug. 27, 2010
CHAMBERS BAY, Wash. –
Florida State University golfer Drew Kittleson was among the top 25 finishers during stroke play and fared well during the first round of match play despite falling in 19 holes to Brent Martin at the 2010 US Amateur Championship earlier this week. Kittleson finished in a tie for 24th place during stroke play with a two round total of 145 (71-74) to advance to match play, while his Seminole teammate Brooks Koepka shot a 152 during stroke play and did not advance into match play.
Kittleson was playing in his fourth career US Amateur while Koepka had earned the honor of playing in his first career national championship tournament.
Kittleson, a senior, fell in the first round of match play to Martin, 1 up. Kittleson was one of 64 golfers to qualify through stroke play for the Championship in his fourth appearance. Kittleson came from behind to tie the match in the 17th and 18th holes, only to leave a 10-footer short to end the match, giving Martin the win.
Kittleson has had eight career top ten finishes and seven additional top 20 finishes in his first three seasons. An All American Candidate and team captain, Kittleson will continue to lead the No. 6 Seminoles in his final season with hopes of returning to the NCAA Championship Finals.
Kittleson, Koepka and the Seminoles will start off their season at the Olympia Fields Invitational Sept. 17, 2010 in Olympia Field, Ill.