February 4, 2010 - by
Seminoles In 12th Place

Feb. 4, 2010

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii –
Sophomore Brooks Koepka shot a one over par 73 and is in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings and the No. 4 ranked Seminole men’s golf team is in a tie for 12th place after the first round of the 20th Annual Mauna Lani Invitational at the Mauna Lani North Course. The Seminoles shot 306 as a team and are within 10 strokes of moving into the top five in the team standings after the first of three rounds in the high-powered spring season opening tournament.

Calm winds turned gusty as the day progressed creating many challenges for the 22-team field. At the end of the day only six players finished under par. Tied for top honors at two-under-par 70 are Texas Tech’s Nils Floren, Texas’ Bobby Hudson, UCLA’s Alex Kim, Washington’s Nick Taylor and Oregon’s Andrew Vijarro. In sixth place at one-under is Colorado’s Kevin Kring. Five players are tied in 7th place at even-par 72.

UCLA’s even-par 288 has the Bruins in first place in the team standings. Oregon and Washington are tied for second place with scores of three-over par 291. The Seminoles are tied for 12th with UC Davis.

Koepka helped himself with four birdies, an eagle on the par 5 seventh hole and eight of even par golf. He played the front nine at two under par and finished with the back nine at three over par. Koepka has put himself in position to finish well as he is only three strokes behind the group of leaders in a tie for first with identical scores of two under par 70.

Sophomore Wesley Graham carded a five-over par score of 77 and is in a tie for 50th place while senior Seath Lauer and freshman Michael Hebert are tied for 60th place with identical scores of 78.

The second of three rounds begins at Thursday at 5:30 eastern time.

20th Annual Mauna Lani Invitational/par 72
Mauna Lani North Course/Waikoloa, Hawaii
T12.    Florida State      306
T12.    Brooks Koepka      73
T50.    Wesley Graham      77
T62.    Seath Lauer        78
T62.    Michael Hebert     78
T102.   Cameron Knight     82

20th Annual Mauna Lani Invitational/par 72
Mauna Lani North Course/Waikoloa, Hawaii
1.    UCLA            288  T12.  Florida State        306
T2.   Oregon          291  T12.  UC Davis             306
T2.   Washington      291  14.   San Jose State       308
4.    Southern Cal    293  15.   Texas Christian      310
5.    Texas Tech      296  16.   Hawaii               311
T6.   Stanford        296  17.   San Francisco        312
T6.   Texas           296  18.   Arizona State        313
8.    Oklahoma State  299  T19.  Cal State east Bay   316
9.    Oregon State    302  T19.  Hawaii-Hilo          316
T10.  Colorado        304  21.   Rhode Island         324
T10.  Georgia Tech    304  22.   Sonoma State         331

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