March 6, 2011
DADE CITY, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State senior Drew Kittleson tied his career best score with a six under par 66 and sophomore Brooks Koepka shot a two under par 70 in the third round to finish in third and fourth place respectively in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings as play in the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club came to a close on Sunday. Kittleson carded five birdies and one eagle over his final 18 holes in helping Florida State to the runner-up spot in the team standings as the Seminoles earned their best finish of the fall and spring seasons.
Middles Tennessee State earned the team championship as it gained the win over second place Florida State. The Blue Raiders led the event wire to wire in claiming the championship. Florida State carded the best team score of the third round as it counted scores of 66, 70, 73 and 74 to mark the second consecutive round the Seminoles counted all four of its scores at 74 or better. Hunter Green of Middle Tennessee State won the individual title as he carded a three round score of 11 under par 205. He finished two strokes ahead of Greg Eason of UCF and three ahead of Florida State’s Kittleson in the race for the individual championship.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) was as hot as any player in the tournament over the final two rounds as he carded scores of 68 and 66 – he was 10 strokes under par over the final 36 holes of the event. Over the course of the last two rounds he was any many as six strokes under par, was never above par, and carded 11 birdies and one eagle. His eagle came on the par five hole 11 and was his second of the spring season.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished in fourth place as he carded a two under par 70 in the final round and finished with a seven under par score of 206. He was five under par over the course of his final two rounds and was at even par or better in each of three rounds of the tournament. Koepka was at or under par in his final two rounds and 36 holes of the tournament and was not more than two strokes over par during the entire tournament.
Senior Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) played well as he finished in a tie for 35th place with a four over par score of 209. He played his best golf of the tournament in his final two round with scores of 71 and 73 for an even par finish of 144 over his final 36 holes. Cobb had as many birdies in the third round (five) as he did in the first two rounds of the event (five).
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) and freshman Bjorn Hellgren carded scores of 74 to help the Seminoles round out their second best team score of the tournament. Graham was two over par in his final two rounds while Hellgren carded identical scores of 74 in the second and third rounds.
Florida State now returns home to play host to the signature event on its schedule – The Seminoles Intercollegiate – March 11-13 at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee. The event begins with a kids clinic on Wednesday (March 9) from 4-6 p.m. at Southwood. Please contact assistant coach Lindsay Koth at (850) 644-7290 for further information.
USF Invitational/Par 72/March 4-6, 2011/Final Florida State Results Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla. 2/21. Florida State 296 278 283 857 3. Drew Kittleson 74 68 66 208 4. Brooks Koepka 72 67 70 209 T35. Kyle Cobb 76 71 73 220 T41. Wesley Graham 75 72 74 221 T49. Bjorn Hellgren 75 74 74 223
USF Invitational/Par 72/March 4-6, 2011/Final Team Results Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club/Dade City, Fla. 1. Middle Tennessee St. 838 T11. South Florida 880 2. Florida State 857 13. Louisville 882 3. Florida Gulf Coast 864 14. Florida Southern 889 T4. North Texas 867 15. Florida Atlantic 892 T4. Arkansas State 867 16. DePaul 894 6. UCF 869 T17. Cincinnati 899 7. Troy 871 T17. Marquette 899 8. Villanova 872 19. Toledo 912 9. Missouri State 870 20. Austin Peay 917 10. Eastern Michigan 878 21. Rhode Island 934 T11. Jacksonville State 880