Aug. 21, 2008
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. –
Drew Kittleson, a rising sophomore member of the Florida State University men’s golf team, has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 108th United States Amateur which is being played on Pinehurst Courses No. 2. Kittleson won two matches on Thursday and will play Derek Fathauer of the University of Louisville at 10:00 a.m. Friday with the winner advancing to Saturday’s semifinal round. The championship round will be played on Sunday.
Kittleson seemingly breezed through both of his matches on Thursday with a 4 and 3 victory over Matthew Swan in the morning and a 5 and 4 victory over Jeff Edelman in his afternoon match. He clinched his morning win over Swan in just 15 holes and ended his afternoon victory on the 14th hole. Kittleson’s stellar play throughout the course of the day allowed him to play only 29 of a possible 36 holes.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) took control of his win over Swan on the first hole and never looked back. He won 12 of the 15 holes contested and clinched the victory on the 15th hole. Kittleson carded a birdie on his first hole to set the tone in a round in which he never trailed. He finished the round with five birdies, seven holes of par and only three bogeys. He lost only three holes during the entire match.
Kittleson played from behind in his second match but quickly caught fire and finished the round five holes up with only four to play to gain the win over Edelman. He lost the first hole, evened the match on the second hole and took the lead for good on the fifth hole cruising to victory. Kittleson began the match with four pars and was all square after the first four holes. He then closed his round with four birdies and three holes at par over his final 10 holes to gin the win.
“I began playing well when I team made our trip to Scotland in early August,” said Kittleson. “That has carried over to this event. I feel like I am doing a lot a things well right now – I hitting the ball well, I’m putting well and I’m chipping well. I just hope I can keep it going for another couple of days.”
Kittleson, who has recently played some of the most historic courses the sport of golf has to offer, has grown especially fond of the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course.
“This course is awesome,” Kittleson said after advancing to the quarterfinal round. “It’s one of the best courses in the world and I am fortunate to being playing good golf at the right time. We had rain early in the tournament but it was windy today and the greens are becoming firmer and firmer with each round. I’m really excited to still be playing on such a prestigious course.”