Aug. 20, 2008
PINEHURST, N.C. –
Florida State rising sophomore Drew Kittleson advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Championship with a 3 and 2 victory over Eddie Olson in the first round of match play in the nation’s most prestigious amateur golf event. Kittleson will face Matthew Sawn of Montgomery, Ala. Thursday at 7:40 a.m. with the winner advancing to the Round of 16. The winner of that match will play his third round match Thursday at 1:25. Swan is a rising senior at the University of Alabama.
The event, which is being played on Pinehurst course No. 2 and No. 4, began with two rounds of stroke play on Monday and continues through Sunday’s final round of match play. Kittleson carded scores of 72 and 71 for a one-over par total of 143 in the two rounds of stroke play. He finished in a tie for 33rd place out of 315 golfers competing in the event.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) came from behind in winning his match against Olson on Wednesday. He was one hole down after four holes and rallied to tie the match after six holes. It was on the seventh hole that Kittleson took control of the match. He birdied the par four seventh hole to take his first lead of the match and never looked back. He increased his lead by as much as five holes by hole No. 13 and led by three with only two holes left to gain the victory.
Kittleson is now only four match play victories away from advancing to the finals and playing for the championship of the event.
Kittleson helped lead the Seminoles to a No. 11 national ranking, the first ever ACC Championship in school history and to the No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Regional Championship as a freshman. He played in every event for the Seminoles during his freshman season and ranked fourth on the team with a 73.94 stroke average. Kittleson carded his career-best single round score of 68 three times during his inaugural collegiate season.