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March 11, 2011

Day 1 Results & Round 2 Tee Times Get Acrobat Reader

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior Brooks Koepka fired a one-under par 70 and sits in a tie for eighth place after the first round to lead the Seminoles on the first day of the Seminole Intercollegiate Friday at Southwood Golf Club. The Seminoles are second at three-over par 287 heading into Saturday’s second round.

Arkansas leads the 18-team field at 7-under par for the tournament after shooting 277 in the first round. Florida State (287) is 10 strokes out of first place. Mississippi State (289), Kennesaw State (290) and North Texas (292) finish out the top five.

“I felt like we got off to an okay start,” Florida State head coach Trey Jones said. “We still have a chance to win the golf tournament. We spotted a really, really good team 10 shots so that means we’re going to have to come out tomorrow and be sharper than what we were today. We did not play the par 5’s very well today and didn’t play the 17th hole well. If we eliminate those mistakes, we’ll get some momentum and get back into the golf tournament.”

Koepka paced the Seminoles shooting even par 36 on the front nine. He birdied once on the eighth hole before he made the turn and made eagle on the 11th hole. He birdied twice more on the back nine to finish one-under par 35 on the back side.

Freshman Bjorn Hellgren followed Koepka on the Seminoles’ leaderboard. Hellgren, who joined the team in January, turned in his best round of the season shooting even-par 71. Hellgren birdied once on the front nine and once on the back side. He shot one-under par on the first nine holes.

Senior Drew Kittleson continued his strong play for the Seminoles. Kittleson finished the day one-over par 72. He made par on his first seven holes before picking up his first of two birdies on the eighth hole. He was even par 36 on the front side and one-over par 36 on the back nine.

Florida State’s scoring on day one was wrapped up by senior Kyle Cobb, who carded a three-over par 74 to tie for 28th place after round one. He made par on six of his first nine holes which included a birdie on the par 4 hole 8. He made par on eight of the last nine holes on the back side.

Junior Wesley Graham finished five-over par 76 after his first round. FSU’s Joaquin Lolas, Tyler Sluman and Doug Letson participated as individuals. Lolas is tied for 28th after his round saw him shoot three-over par 74. Sluman was four-over par 75 while Letson shot nine-over par 80 in the first round.

“Freshman Bjorn Hellgren came out even par on a tough day,” Jones said. “He’s just getting better and better. Obviously, our two older guys Brooks and Drew shot one-under and one-over. They’re actually better than that out here. That’s what we look for if they can have a day that’s not as good as they want, but can still be around par, that shows you that they’re top class players. Kyle and Wesley need to come out tomorrow and throw up a score that can really help us out – help us win not just be a solid score. They need to play winning golf.”

The second round of the tournament will now tee off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Florida State is slated to tee off at 9:30 a.m. with Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Seminole Intercollegiate/Mar. 11. 2011/First Round

FSU Results Southwood Golf Club/Tallahassee, Fla./Par 71

2/18. Florida State 287

T8. Brooks Koepka 70

T10. Bjorn Hellgren 71

T14. Drew Kittleson 72

T28. Kyle Cobb 74

T28. Joaquin Lolas* 74

T37. Tyler Sluman* 75

T53. Wesley Graham 76

T80. Doug Letson* 80

Seminole Intercollegiate/Mar. 11. 2011/First Round

Team Results Southwood Golf Club/Tallahassee, Fla./Par 71

1. Arkansas 277 -7

2. Florida State 287 +3

3. Mississippi State 289 +5

4. Kennesaw State 290 +6

5. North Texas 292 +8

6. Troy 295 +11

T7. Houston 296 +12

T7. Georgia State 296 +12

T7. Cincinnati 296 +12

10. North Carolina 300 +16

11 Jacksonville 301 +17

12. James Madison 302 +18

13. Charlotte 303 +19

14. USF 306 +22

15. Florida Atlantic 307 +23

16. Nicholls State 316 +32

17. Mount St. Mary’s 318 +34

18. Florida A&M 328 +44

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