March 23, 2009
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team finished in a tie for second place during two rounds of medal play and will face Texas Tech in the first round of match play at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship at The Farms Golf Club. The Seminoles were led by freshman Brooks Koepka and junior Drew Kittleson during the first day of the event which will now move into three rounds of match play on Monday and Tuesday.
The Seminoles overcame steady winds with strong gusts and showers during the first round to play their best golf of the spring season.
The top eight teams from medal play (Indiana, San Diego State, Florida State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Texas Tech, Middle Tennessee State and Stanford) have advanced to the championship bracket while teams nine thru 16 (Arizona State, San Diego, Alabama, Tennessee Chattanooga, Charlotte, Louisville, UC Irvine and Duke) will compete in the consolation bracket of the match play event.
“Today was a day that showed we are learning from our experiences,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We came out and competed on a difficult golf course in adverse weather during the morning round and most of the afternoon round.”
Keopka led the Seminoles with scores of 71 and 73 for an even par total of 144 through the first two rounds of the event. He is in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings. Junior Drew Kittleson, who will play in the Master’s Championship in April, is in a tie for seventh place with a two-round total of 145. He carded scores of 70 and 75. Matt Savage is in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 146.
“Matt Savage showed why he is a two-time all ACC player,” said Jones. “He did not have his best ball striking day but found a way to get it around. Matt is a great competitor and knows how to get it down when needed. Drew and Brooks played solid rounds and where in control of their rounds most of the day.”
“The reason we are here is to prepare for the new NCAA championship format and get some team match play experience,” said Jones. “We know we have two exceptional match play players in Drew and Matt. I am looking forward to seeing all of our guys compete tomorrow.”
(1) Indiana vs. (8) Stanford
(4) Texas A&M vs. (5) UCLA
(3) Florida State vs. (6) Texas Tech
(2) San Diego State vs. (7) Middle Tennessee
(9) Arizona State vs. (16) Duke
(12) Alabama vs. (13) Charlotte
(11) Chattanooga vs. (14) Louisville
(10) San Diego vs. (15) UC Irvine
Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship/March 22-24, 2009/Par 72
The Farms Golf Club/Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Medal Play Results – Florida State
T2. Florida State 295 29 588
T4. Brooks Koepka 71 73 144
T7. Drew Kittleson 70 73 145
T10. Matt Savage 74 72 146
T47. Seath Lauer 80 73 153
78. Cameron Knight 82 81 163