June 1, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State golfers Drew Kittleson and Brooks Koepka, who led the Seminole men’s golf team to the NCAA Championship for the sixth consecutive year in 2011, have been named to the Division I PING Southeast Regional All-American team as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of American. It marked the second regional All-American selections for both Kittleson (2009 and 2011) and Koepka (2010 and 2011) and the fifth consecutive season at least one Seminoles has earned the honor.
“Drew and Brooks both played very well for us this season and are deserving of this honor,” said head coach Trey Jones. “Both players have meant so much to our program in the last four years and both have played big roles in the success of our team. Fortunately for our team Brooks will be our senior leader in 2010. Unfortunately for our team Drew has already begun what I know will be a very successful professional career after earning his degree in April.”
A total of 26 players were named to the Southeast Regional All-American team and 154 players across six regions earned regional All-American honors in 2011.
Kittleson averaged a career-low 72.30 strokes per round average this season as he earned All-ACC honors for the second time in his four-year career. During his career, he earned All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2010, regional All-American honors twice and All-ACC honors twice. As a senior Kittleson won individual championships at the Gator Invitational and the Seminole Intercollegiate tournaments.
Koepka led Florida State with a career-low 71.73 stroke average as a junior and also earned his second consecutive nomination to the All-ACC team. He was an All-American Third Team selection and was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2010 in helping Florida State to a third place finish at the NCAA Championship finals.
The Seminoles’ finish at the 2010 NCAA Championship ranks as the best in school history in the sport of men’s golf.
Kittleson and Koepka are the fourth and fifth players in Florida State History to earn ACC honors multiple times during their Florida State careers.
Kittleson and Koepka’s All-American honors come after the men’s golf team finished in a tie for eighth place at the NCAA Indiana Regional Championship at Wolf Run Golf Course in Zionsville, Indiana. Koepka finished out his junior season strong with a 19th place finish in the individual standings at the regional championship. Kittleson, who won four events during his career, helped lead Florida State to four NCAA tournaments and the first ACC golf championship in Florida State history in 2008.