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Noles Finish Second At USF

March 6, 2011

DADE CITY, Fla. ( –
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

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