June 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University golfers Matt Savage and Drew Kittleson, who helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Southeast Regional championship tournament for the fourth consecutive year this spring, have been named to the PING Southeast Regional All-American team as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It marked the second consecutive season Savage has been named to the regional All-American team and the first such honor for Kittleson.
Savage, who completed his collegiate career and earned his bachelor’s degree in communication studies in May of 2009, finished his career as the only player in school history to earn All-ACC honors three times (2007, 2008 and 2009). He also earned All-American Honorable Mentions Honors in 2007 and All-Southeast Regional All-American honors in 2008 and 2009. Savage set the school record for low round score with a nine-under par 63 in the second round of the 2008 Florida State Spring Break Invitational and finished in a tie for third place in leading the Seminoles to the team title at the 2008 ACC Championship. Savage averaged 73.08 strokes in 44 career tournaments for the Seminole men’s golf team.
Also a successful golfer on a national scope, Savage earned first place honors at the 2008 North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Link Championship and played in the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Kittleson, who will play in the U.S. Open this week at Bethpage Black, recently finished his sophomore season as a member of the golf team at Florida State. Kittleson played at the Master’s Championship in April after finishing as the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Amateur. Kittleson had the honor of making two of the top shots in the 2009 Master’s with a pair of eagles during the second round of the event.
Kittleson earned All-ACC honors for the first time to go along with his all-region selection as a sophomore in 2009. He carded his career low single round score of 66 in the second round of the spring 2009 Hawaii Hilo Invitational and earned three top-10 individual finishes this past spring. Kittleson averages 73.23 strokes in 21 career events.
Kittleson will tee of in the first round of the 2009 U.S. Open from Tee 10 at 7:11 a.m. on June 18th. He is paired with Sang Moon Bae of Korea and Michael Sim of Australia.
Former Seminole George McNeil, who played at Florida State from 1994-97 and who earned All-American Honorable Mention and All-ACC Honors in 1998, will play in his third U.S. Open this week. He was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams during his Seminole career and helped led Florida State to a seventh place finish in the team standings at the NCAA Championship in 1995. McNeil will tee off from tee No. 1 at 8:50 a.m. with Francesco Molinari of Italy and Simon Dyson of England.