Florida State Men's Golf - 2011 Year In Review
Trey Jones, Head Coach
Layne Savoie, Dir of Player Development
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June 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State freshman Michael Hebert, who earlier this month helped lead the Seminoles to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship, will not return to school in the fall. He informed Florida State coach Trey Jones of his decision to transfer upon returning from NCAAs.
Hebert, who tied for 18th individually at The Honors Course, said the decision was made because of "personal reasons," while declining to discuss the specifics of his sudden departure. Hebert, of Orlando, Fla., posted five top-20 finishes this season, including a T-11 at the NCAA Central Regional, in which he shot a final-round 64 to propel Florida State to a second-place finish. He was No. 258 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
"I gave it a full year, gave it my best and I felt like I helped the team," he said. "I have a lot of respect for Florida State, and they're running a great program. It's just for personal reasons."
Hebert has not decided where he will attempt to transfer, but hopes to identify a school by the end of the month. "I don't want to go too far from home," he said. "That's all I know."
Florida State, which finished the season No. 16 in Golfweek's rankings, lost to eventual champion Augusta State in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship on June 6. The only freshman to compete in the match-play portion, Hebert finished 1-1.
"Everything was a surprise to me and the team," Jones said, "but we definitely don't want to keep him from doing what he wants to do. Whatever he does, we wish him nothing but the very best."
Editor's Note: Hebert transferred to Auburn.
FSU Assistant Coach Chris Malloy was hired by South Florida as their head coach.
Savoie to coach both top-10 programs at Florida State.
July 28, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Layne Savoie, who helped coach the University of Arkansas to a runner-up finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship, has been named an assistant golf coach at Florida State University as announced by Director of Golf Operations Trey Jones. Savoie comes to Florida State after four years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Arkansas.
Savoie was an integral part of Arkansas' rise to national prominence as the Razorbacks realized a jump both the national and Southeastern Conference rankings when he solidified his recruiting roots at his first collegiate coaching job. The Razorbacks were the national and SEC runners-up in 2009 and consistently ranked in the nation's top 30 during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. During that time he coached three All-Americans, three All-ACC player and two All-ACC Freshman selections.
"I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Seminole golf teams and the Florida State Athletic Department," Savoie said. "Coach Jones has created an incredible environment at Florida State for elite golfers to train their games, excel in the classroom, and win championships on the course. It is an honor to be a part of the Seminole program and work with these players and coaches."
Savoie, who will be the Director of Player Development for both the nationally Seminoles' men's and women's teams, is considered to be one of the top teaching coaches in all of college golf. He has instructed players on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Futures Tour and has worked with multiple winners on each of the three prominent national tours. Savoie has instructed All-American golfers at LSU, Auburn, Lamar, Baylor, Texas Tech and Arkansas.
Prior to his tenure at Arkansas, he was the top instructor at the Chuck Cook Golf Academy at the Barton Creek resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. His golf education includes training under some of the top names on the sport including David Ledbetter, Chuck Cook, Mac O'Grady, Ben Doyle, Tom Ness, Bill Moretti and Jackie Burke. His mentors have been considered the top teachers of the sport of golf world-wide in the last 15 years. Savoie also has a bachelor's degree as an authorized instructor of the Golfing Machine.
"I am excited to bringing Layne, his wife Amy and son Isaac to Florida State," said Jones. "Layne brings a wealth of teaching and recruiting experience to our programs. I have not met a more knowledgeable person on swing and short game mechanics. I admired what he did at Arkansas and look forward to working with him as we develop our players."
Following his collegiate career, Savoie played professionally on the Golden Bear and Canadian Tours from 1998-2001 and was a multiple winner of several mini-tour events.
Savoie was a four-year letter winner at Auburn (1995-98) during his collegiate career. He finished in a tied for 25th
place in the individual standings at the 1996 SEC Championships. He graduated from Auburn with a bachelor's degree in business management. His wife, Amy, is also an Auburn graduate and a successful
student-athlete who competed in the sport of volleyball. The pair has one son, Isaac, and are expecting their second child in August of 2010.
Tyler Sluman, 6-0, Sarasota
2011 Roster - By Name
R Name Hgt Cl Ltr Hometown (Prior School)
* Kyle Cobb 5-11 Jr Tallahassee (Leon/Central Florida)
* Wesley Graham 6-0 Jr ** Port Orange (Spruce Creek)
* Bjorn Hellgren 6-1 Fr Vasteras, Sweden (Rudbeckianska Gymnasiet)
* Drew Kittleson 6-0 Sr *** Scottsdale, AZ (Pinnacle)
* Brooks Koepka 5-11 Jr ** Wellington (Cardinal Newman)
* Doug Letson 5-9 So * Tampa (Plant)
* Joaquin Lolas 6-1 Fr-R Lima, Peru (Markham)
Tyler Sluman 6-0 Fr Sarasota (IMG Academies)
2011 Schedule and Results
|OLYMPIC FIELDS INVITATIONAL
September 17-19, 2010, Olympic Fields, Il
|GARY KOCH INTERCOLLEGIATE
October 2-3, 2010, Tampa, Fl
October 8-10, 2010, Macon, Ga
October 24-26, 2010, Alpharetta, Ga
|AMER ARI INVITATIONAL
February 2-4, 2011, Kohala Coast, Hi
February 12-13, 2011, Gainesville, Fl
March 4-6, 2011, Wesley Chapel, Fl
March 11-13, 2011
|LINGER LONGER INVITATIONAL
March 27-29, 2011, Greensboro, Ga
|ARIZONA STATE INVITATIONAL
April 9-10, 2011, Tempe, Az
April 22-24, 2011, Uwharrie Point, NC
|NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
May 19-21, 2011, Zionsville, In
Overall Home Away Neutral ------------------------------------------------ FSU RECORD IS 0- 0 0- 0 0- 0 0- 0
2011 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS 1 GEORGIA TECH 831 2 DUKE 851 3 CLEMSON 861 4 VIRGINIA 864 5 FLORIDA STATE 866 6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 872 7 VIRGINIA TECH 874 8t NORTH CAROLINA 879 8t WAKE FOREST 879 10 MARYLAND 901 11 BOSTON COLLEGE 953
2011 EOY StatsName Tournaments Rounds Par Low Strokes Wins Top10 Ave ======================================================================== Brooks Koepka 12 36 19 67 2,582 0 6 71.72 Drew Kittleson 12 36 18 66 2,606 2 4 72.39 Joaquin Lolas 8 24 5 68 1,775 0 1 73.96 Bjorn Hellgren 8 24 6 70 1,781 0 1 74.21 Wesley Graham 11 33 8 69 2,461 0 0 74.58 Kyle Cobb 7 21 3 71 1,574 0 0 74.95 Doug Letson 5 15 2 70 1,141 0 0 76.07 Tyler Sluman 3 9 2 71 686 0 0 76.22
Kittleson Leads Men's Golf.
Senior shoots 69 in final round of Olympia Fields Invitational.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - Florida State University senior Drew Kittleson shot a 69 in the third round and finished in a tie for 39th place in the individual standings to lead the No. 16 Seminole men's golf team at the Olympia Fields Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club. Kittleson improved his scored progressively in the second and third rounds of the tournament as he shot a 78 in the first round, improved by five strokes to a 73 in the second round and improved by four more strokes to a 69 in the third and final round. Kittleson's score of 69 was tied for the third best individual score in the final round of the event.
Florida led the event wire-to-wire to win the team championship. The Gators defeated Oklahoma State and Augusta State by seven strokes. The Gators finished with two players in the to top five and three in the top 10 of the individual standings to claim the championship. Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State won the team championship with a six under par total of 204.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) played his best golf of the tournament with six birdies in the final round - he was never over par over the course of his final 18 holes. With four birdies on his front nine he made his turn at one stroke under par. He added two more birdies on his back nine to finish at 69.
The Seminoles were led in the individual standings by junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) who finished in a tie for 24th place in the individual standings. He was one over par in the last two rounds after shooting a 75 in the first round. Graham carded an even par 70 in the second round and a one over par 71 in the third round. He finished the final 36 holes of the tournament with 31 holes at par or better with four birdies.
Sophomore Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) also played well over the final two rounds of the tournament with scores of even par 70 in the second round and three over par 73 in the third round. He finished in tie for 45th place with a 222 total for the three round event as he looks to cement a spot in the Seminoles' starting line-up.
Florida State continues its three match fall season at the Gary Koch Invitational Oct. 2-3 at the Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla.
Olympia Fields Invitational/Par 70/Final Team Results Olympia Fields Country Club/Olympia Fields, Ill. 1. Florida 845 T9. Purdue 870 T2. Oklahoma State 852 T9. Stanford 870 T2. Augusta State 852 11. Northwestern 872 4. Alabama 857 12. California 875 5. Texas 858 13. Indiana 878 6. Duke 861 14. Florida State 879 7. Ohio State 865 15. Arizona State 884 8. Illinois 866
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Wesley Graham 24t 75 70 71 216 Drew Kittleson 39t 78 73 69 220 Doug Letson 45t 79 70 73 222 Brooks Koepka 51t 74 74 75 223 Joaquin Lolas 68t 77 74 77 228
Seminoles Fifth At Gary Koch.
Koepka leads Seminoles with second place finish in individual standings.
TAMPA, Fla. - Florida State University junior Brooks Koepka shot a 71 in the final round and finished in second place in the individual standings to lead the No. 18 Seminole men's golf team to a fifth place finish in the team standings at the Gary Koch Invitational at the Old Memorial Golf Course. Koepka made up four strokes on Ben Kohles, the individual medalist, in the final round but fell one stroke short of earning the first win of his All-American career as a Seminole.
"We put ourselves in a good position thru 11 holes and we just didn't finish the round," said head coach Trey Jones.
Kohles, who led Virginia to the team championship, carded a 75 in the final round to finish the 54 hole tournament with a nine under par score of 207. He defeated Koepka, who finished the event with an eight under par score of 208, by one stroke. Koepka and Kohles were named the ACC Co-Players of the Year in 2010. Virginia led wire to wire in claiming the team championship with a nine stroke victory over Auburn.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) tied his career best finish as he closed the event in second place in the individual standings. He has now finished in second place four times in his 25 career events. Koepka carded three sub par scores (69-68-71) in earning the third best tournament score of his career. He finished with a career best three round total of 205 in the Gary Koch Invitational during the fall of 2009.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Socttsdale, Az.) finished in a tie for 19th place to earn the 17th top 20 finish of his career. He carded a 68 in the second round to tie Koepka for the best round of the event by a Seminole.
Florida State plays in its third of four fall events at the Brickyard Intercollegiate beginning Oct. 8. The Seminoles close out their fall season at the US Collegiate Challenge at the Golf Club of Alpharetta in Alpharetta, Ga., Oct. 24-26.
Gary Koch Invitational/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Old Memorial Golf Club/Oct. 2-3, 2010 1. Virginia 849 7. Coastal Carolina 877 2. Auburn 858 8. Charleston 882 3. North Florida 866 9. Georgia Southern 884 4. UNC Greensboro 868 10. North Carolina 886 5. Florida State 870 11. Kentucky 894 6. Middle Tennessee 874 12. South Florida 919
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Brooks Koepka 2 69 68 71 208 Drew Kittleson 19 75 68 75 218 Wesley Graham 30 72 73 76 221 Doug Letson 42 76 74 76 226 Tyler Sluman * 44t 77 72 78 227 Kyle Cobb 49t 73 74 82 229
Seminoles Third At Brickyard.
Koepka leads Seminoles with third place individual finish.
MACON, GA - Junior All-American candidate Brooks Koepka finished in a tie for third place, three Seminoles finished in the top 25 of the individual standings and the Seminoles defeated three teams ranked ahead of them in finishing in third place in the final team standings at the Brickyard Invitational at the Brickyard Golf Course. Koepka earned his second consecutive top three individual finish as the Seminoles played their best tournament of the fall season in topping the list of the five ACC teams that played in the event including No. 17 ranked Georgia Tech.
Georgia, with individual medalist Russell Hanley leading the way, won the team championship with a one stroke victory over last year's national champion Augusta State. The Seminoles finished six strokes behind Georgia and four strokes ahead of Georgia Tech in an early season battle for ACC supremacy.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished under par for the second time in as many tournaments. He finished the tournament with a one-under par score of 71 and has carded sub par scores in five of his last six rounds in his last two tournaments. Koepka finished in second place at last week's Gary Koch Invitational with three scores under par. In the final round of the Brickyard, Koepka was sensational late in the round as he finished three under par over his final 10 holes of the afternoon. He totaled four birdies on his final 10 holes after carding two bogeys on his first eight holes. Koepka led the Seminoles with 14 birdies during the tournament including seven during his second round when he carded a team low five under par 67.
Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished in a tie for 13h place with a three round total of one under par 215. He carded a five under par total of 139 in the second and third rounds with a 69 in the second round and a two under par 70 in the third round. Kittleson spent the entire third round at or below par and highlighted his rounds with an eagle three on the par 5 hole No. 12.
Kittleson totaled 10 birdies and one eagle over the 54 holes he played during the tournament. He was above par for only one hole over the final two rounds of the tournament.
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) played his best golf of the tournament as he carded a three under par score of 69 in the final round to finish in a tie for 21st place in the individual standings. He has now earned two top 25 and three top 30 finishes in three tournaments for the Seminoles this fall.
Sophomore Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) played well over the final two rounds of the tournament with scores of 71 and 73 in the second and third rounds. He totaled an even par 144 over his final 36 holes. Junior Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) played his best golf of the event with identical scores of 75 in the first and third rounds of the tournament.
Florida State closes its fall season at the US Collegiate Championship Oct. 24-26 in Alpharetta. The Seminoles have earned two top five team finishes in their last two events - fifth at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate and third at the Brickyard Invitational.
Brickyard Invitational/Par 72/Final Team Results Brickyard Golf Course/Macon, Ga./Oct. 8-10, 2010 1. Georgia 857 9. Texas Arlington 875 2. Augusta State 858 10. Oklahoma 881 3. Florida State 863 11. North Florida 882 4. Georgia Tech 867 12. Colorado State 892 5. Ole Miss 871 13. Mercer 893 6. Chattanooga 872 14. Gonzaga 905 7. Clemson 873 15. Boston College 944 8. Virginia Tech 874
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Brooks Koepka 3t 73 67 71 211 Drew Kittleson 13t 76 69 70 215 Wesley Graham 21t 74 75 69 218 Doug Letson 31t 76 71 73 220 Kyle Cobb 61t 75 79 75 229
Koepka, Cobb Lead Noles.
Seminoles close fall season with finish at U.S. Collegiate Championship.
ALPHARETTA, GA - Florida State teammates Brooks Koepka and Kyle Cobb carded identical scores of 71 to lead the Seminole men's golf team to a tied for ninth place finish in the team standings as play in the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Country Club of Georgia came to a close on Tuesday. Koepka carded his second score of 71 in the event and finished in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings while Cobb carded his best score of the 54 hole tournament in finishing in a tie for 39th place.
No. 17 ranked Georgia Tech won the event by an amazing 27 strokes over UCLA as it led the event wire to wire to win the team championship. The Yellow Jackets had all five of their golfers finish under par and in the top seven of the individual standings. James White of Georgia Tech won the individual title with a five stroke victory over T.J. Vogel of Southern California.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) shot a one under par 71 in the final round to finish in a tie for 20th place which helped him earn his third consecutive top 20 finish. He also finished in second place in the individual standings in the Gary Koch Invitational and in a tie for third place at the Brickyard Invitational. Koepka closed the fall season as the Seminoles' top ranked golfer with a 71.75 stroke average in 12 rounds during four events.
In the final round of the U.S. Collegiate, Koepka spent his entire day at or under par. After a birdie on hole No. 2 he was as many as two strokes under par and never above even par. Koepka carded three birdies on his front nine and was very consistent on his back nine with eight holes at par. He finished tied with teammate Wesley Graham as the Seminoles' leaders with nine birdies during the tournament.
Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) played his best round of the fall season and came within two strokes of tying his career best score as he carded a one under par score of 71. He finished in a season-best tied for 39th place in the individual standings. Cobb played as consistently as he has during his career with three birdies and 16 holes at par or better during the third round. Cobb birdied his first hole of the round, and he too, spent the entire round below or at par.
Cobb birdied his final hole of the afternoon to finish under par for the third time in his Florida State career.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) finished in a tie for 33rd place as he carded a three under par score of 74 in the final round.
Florida State will now concentrate on its academics for the reminder of the semester as it closed its fall season with three top 10 and two top five team finishes. The Seminoles will begin their 2011 spring schedule at the University of Hawaii Hilo Invitational Feb. 2-4.
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga. 1. Georgia Tech 836 T9. Kent State 889 2. UCLA 863 T9. Florida State 889 3. Texas A&M 866 11. Washington 894 4. Southern Cal. 867 12. Clemson 905 5. Virginia 870 13. E. Tennessee St. 907 6. Wake Forest 871 14. Georgia State 909 7. Duke 872 15. South Carolina 919 8. Cal 876
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Brooks Koepka 20t 71 77 71 219 Drew Kittleson 33t 73 76 74 223 Wesley Graham 39t 75 71 78 224 Kyle Cobb 39t 79 74 71 224 Doug Letson 76 82 85 77 244
Kittleson Tops FSU at Amer Ari.
Senior is Florida State's leader at spring season opening event.
WAIKOLOA, HA - Florida State University senior golfer Drew Kittleson finished with a three round score of 219 and closed as the Seminoles' leader in the individual standings as play in the Amer Ari Invitational on the Waikoloa Kings' Course came to a close on Friday. Kittleson was the highest finishing of the five Seminoles in the event as the team finished in 19th place in the team standings in the spring season opening event for the team.
No. 4 ranked Oklahoma State cruised to a five stroke victory in the team standings over No. 7 ranked Texas and a six stroke win over No. 2 ranked UCLA. The Cowboys took over the lead in the second round and held the lead through the third round to take the team championship. Oregon's Daniel Miernicki carded a 72 in the final round and led wire to wire in claiming the individual title.
Oklahoma State won the team championship - the Cowboys were one of 12 teams ranked in the top 40 in the event.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished with scores of 71-73-75 for his three round total of 219. His best round of 71 in the first round saw him spend the entire round at or below par. Kittleson was at or below par over the course of his first 32 holes and for 40 of the 54 holes he played during the tournament.
Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played his best round of the tournament as he carded an even par 72 in the final round. He finished with a three round total of 221. Koepka finished his final 12 holes of the afternoon at one under par and finished the round at even par.
Florida State will play at the Gator Invitational in their next event Feb. 12-13.
Amer Ari Invitational/Feb. 2-4, 2011/Final Team Results Waikoloa, Hawaii/Kings' Course/Par 72 1. Oklahoma State 830 11. Stanford 858 2. Texas 835 12. Washington 859 3. UCLA 836 13. Oregon State 862 4. Georgia Tech 844 14. San Francisco 869 5. Southern Cal. 845 15. Colorado 871 6. Texas Tech 848 16. San Jose State 870 T7. TCU 850 17. W. Washington 885 T7. Arizona State 850 18. Hawaii 888 9. Oregon 854 19. Florida State 891 10. UC Davis 856 20. Hawaii Hilo 892
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Drew Kittleson 65t 71 73 75 219 Brooks Koepka 72t 73 76 72 221 Joaquin Lolas 93t 73 74 79 226 Bjorn Hellgren 96t 73 76 78 227 Wesley Graham 112 80 83 77 240
Kittleson Tops Noles At Gator.
Kittleson finshes in tied for first in individual standings.
GAINESVILLE, FL - Florida State senior Drew Kittleson finished in a tie for first place but lost the individual championship on the fourth playoff hole to Florida's Andres Echavarria and the Seminole men's golf team finished in seventh place in the team standings as play in the Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida came to a close. Kittleson shot a 69 in the final round to pull into a four way tie for first in the individual standings with Kittleson and Echaverria playing for a sudden victory on the fourth playoff hole after Florida's Bank Vongvanij and Phillip Choi were eliminated from contention during the first three playoff holes.
Echavarria outdueled Kittleson on the final playoff hole as he carded an even par four as compared to Kittleson's one over par five to win the individual championship. Kittleson was playing for the third championship of his Seminole career after winning individual titles at the Fall 2009 GolfWeek Challenge and at the Spring 2010 NCAA Central Regional Championship. Kittleson and Echavarria were equal on the par four hole No. 1, the par three hole No. 2 and the par five hole No. 3. Choi was eliminated after two holes and Vongvanij was eliminated after the third hole leaving Kittleson and Echavarria to battle for the win on the fourth, and what turned out to be, deciding hole.
Florida, with three players tying for the individual championship, gained the championship of the tournament on their home course. The Gators outdistanced Auburn by nine strokes and LSU by 18 strokes. Florida State played its best round of the tournament as it counted two under par scores in finishing in seventh place.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) began his third round well with a birdie and marched toward first place in the individual standings during the remainder of the round. He began under par, stayed under par throughout the entire round and was as many as three strokes under par in catching Echavarria who spent the first two rounds in first place by himself. Echavarria was one over par for the round and two strokes worse than Kittleson on the day to open the door for the Seminole senior.
Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played his best round of the spring season as he shot an even par 70. His score in the third round allowed him to move up seven spaces in the individual standings and finish tied for 18th. He carded more birdies in the third round (five) than he did in his first two rounds combined (three). Koepka was never more than two strokes over par in the third and final round after being at as many as four strokes over par in both the first and second rounds.
Senior Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) continued to play well as he duplicated his score from the first round - a three over par score of 73. Playing in his second event as a Seminole after transferring from UCF prior to the fall 2009 season, Cobb finished with a 224 total and tied for 41st place in the individual standings. Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) played his best round of the fall season with a three over par score of 73.
Five of the Seminoles' six Seminole players either tied or played their best round of the tournament in the third round.
Florida State plays in its next event at the John Hayt / Sawgrass Invitational at the at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Feb. 27-March 1.
SunTrust Gator Invitational/Par 70/Final Team Results Mark Bostick Golf Course/University of Florida/Gainesville, Fla./Feb. 12-13, 2011 1. Florida 844 8. Lamar 873 2. Auburn 853 9. Ole Miss 875 3. LSU 862 10. UAB 899 4. North Florida 866 11. Jacksonville 901 5. UCF 867 12. Mississippi State 903 6. Coastal Carolina 868 13. Georgia Southern 909 7. Florida State 869 14. Georgia State 911
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Drew Kittleson 1t 72 69 69 210 Brooks Koepka 18 72 74 70 216 Kyle Cobb 41t 73 78 73 224 Wesley Graham 46t 78 75 73 226 Bjorn Hellgren * 46t 76 76 74 226 Joaquin Lolas 48t 79 71 77 227
Noles Finish Second At USF.
Kittlreson and Koepka lead Seminoles with top five finishes.
DADE CITY, FL - 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.
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
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Drew Kittleson 3 74 68 66 208 Brooks Koepka 4t 72 67 70 209 Kyle Cobb 35t 76 71 73 220 Wesley Graham 41t 75 72 74 221 Bjorn Hellgren 49t 75 74 74 223
Kittleson Has A Day.
Kittleson Ties for First while Seminoles Finish Third at Seminole Intercollegiate.
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Senior Drew Kittleson saved his best round for last to earn a share of the individual title and Florida State shot three-under in the final round - good enough for third place - at the Seminole Intercollegiate Sunday at Southwood Golf Club.
The Seminoles shot two-under in their final round but finished three-under par 849 for the tournament, which was five strokes out of first and two strokes out of second place. No. 18 Arkansas won the team title finishing eight-under 844 in the 18-team field. Kennesaw State (847) turned in a top performance in the final round shooting eight-under 276 to take second place. No. 35 North Texas (850) finished fourth while Houston (865) finished fifth.
"It was good," said Kittleson about his final round four-under par 67. "We're definitely disappointed in our performance. We fought hard. The weather kind of caught us off guard the first day with this being Florida. We don't see our golf course play like that very much. The last two days we played well and hopefully it will continue. Third place isn't exactly what we want but it's a step in the right direction."
"Today I felt like if we would have played like I know we're capable of playing, we would have won the golf tournament," FSU head coach Trey Jones said. "We still had a great round out of Drew. Drew gave us a chance to win. Bjorn our freshman played thr Kittleson tied for the best score of the final round. His four-under par 67 put him five-under for the tournament and gave him a share of the title with Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen and Kennesaw State's Jeff Karlsson. Kittleson started off the day with a birdie on hole one. After shooting par on the next five holes, he registered five consecutive birdies on holes 7-11. He was four-under par 32 on the front nine.
"We knew if he ever got his putter going he was going to shoot a really low number," said Jones about Kittleson. "He actually shot that today even with calling a penalty on himself on the sixth hole. Otherwise, he would have had six birdies in a row. He came out today and played a really good round."
Freshman Bjorn Hellgren and junior Brooks Koepka joined Kittleson in the top 10. Hellgren put together another solid round shooting even par and finished one-under par 212 for the tournament to earn a tie for seventh. He was two-under after the turn going into the final nine holes.
Koepka tied for ninth place. He finished even-par 213 for tournament after having a tough final round which saw him shoot three-over par 74. He was one-over after making the turn to hole 10 but shot two-over par on the back side.
Senior Kyle Cobb carded a two-over par 73 in the final round to tie for 29th place at six-over par 219.
Junior Wesley Graham shot his best round of the tournament shooting even-par 71 on the final day. His nine-over par 222 landed him in a tie for 43rd place.
FSU's Joaquin Lolas, Tyler Sluman and Doug Letson posted solid scores while competing as individuals. Lolas shot one-under par 70 to tie for 29th. Sluman shot even-par 71 and tied for 38th place. Letson tied for 75th place after shooting two-over par 73.
Seminole Intercollegiate/Mar. 13. 2011 Team Results Southwood Golf Club/Tallahassee, Fla./Par 71 1. Arkansas 277-287-280 844 -8 2. Kennesaw State 290-281-276 847 -5 3. Florida State 287-280-282 849 -3 4. North Texas 292-280-278 850 -2 5. Houston 296-283-286 865 +13 6. Troy 295-287-286 868 +16 7. Mississippi State 289-289-299 877 +25 8. Charlotte 303-289-288 880 +28 9. North Carolina 300-284-298 882 +30 10. Georgia State 296-293-294 883 +31 11. Cincinnati 296-296-294 886 +34 12. James Madison 302-286-299 887 +35 13. Jacksonville 301-296-295 892 +40 14. Florida Atlantic 307-291-297 895 +43 15. USF 306-296-299 901 +49 16. Nicholls State 316-301-299 916 +64 17. Florida A&M 328-301-292 921 +69 18. Mount St. Mary's 318-306-301 925 +73
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Drew Kittleson 1t 72 69 67 208 Bjorn Hellgren 7t 71 70 71 212 Brooks Koepka 9t 70 69 74 213 Kyle Cobb 29t 74 72 73 219 Joaquin Lolas * 29t 74 75 70 219 Tyler Sluman * 38t 75 74 71 220 Wesley Graham 43t 76 75 71 222 Doug Letson * t75 80 76 73 229
Lolas Leads Noles To Fifth.
Freshman earns career best finish at Linger Longer Invitational.
GREENSBORO, GA - Florida State freshman Joaquin Lolas earned the best finish of his career - tied for seventh place - to lead the Seminole men's golf team to a fifth place finish in the final team standings at the Linger Longer Invitational on the Great Waters Course. Lolas finished the 54 hole tournament with two sub par rounds of 70 to finish with a two under par score of 214. The Seminole have finished in the top 10 of the team standings in three consecutive tournaments after earning only two top five team finishes in their first six tournaments of the year.
No. 4 ranked Alabama won the team championship as it led wire-to-wire to collect the team title. The Crimson Tide defeated second place Chattanooga by 18 strokes as they completed each of the three rounds with under par team scores. Alabama teammates Cory Whitsett and Bud Cauley battled each other over the final six holes of the afternoon with Whitsett taking home the individual title by one stroke.
Lolas (Lima, Peru) was magnificent over the course of the final two rounds of the tournament as he was under par for all by two of his final 36 holes. The only holes that he was above par were the first two holes of both rounds as he began both rounds with scores of par. Lolas immediately went under par on the second hole of both rounds and was off to the races after that. He was as many as three strokes under par in the second round and as many as two strokes under in the third round.
In the third and final round, Lolas finished with 16 holes at par or better with four birdies. He had three birdies and an eagle in the first round and four birdies in both the second and third rounds. Lolas played his best stretch of golf on his back nine during the third round as he carded nine holes of par or better golf with two birdies.
"Joaquin played really steady golf throughout the week," said head coach Trey Jones. "He hit a lot of quality shots on difficult holes. I was most impressed with his positive attitude and self-confidence. This could be exactly what he needs to have a big finish to the year."
Lolas's previous best finish came at the Seminole Intercollegiate where he finished tied for 29th place in the individual standings. He is the second Seminole freshman in as many tournaments to finish in the top 10 of the individual standings in a tournament; fellow freshman Bjorn Hellgren finished in a tie for seventh place at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) earned his third consecutive top 10 finish as he carded a 215 and finished tied for ninth place in the individual standings. Koepka also finished under par in the seconds and third rounds with scores of 70 and 71. Koepka also played sub-par golf for nearly the entire third round as he carded four birdies and 11 holes of par. Koepka was never above par in the final round and was at or below par over 27 of his final 36 holes of the tournament.
"The pieces are beginning to come together for Brooks," said Jones. "He is starting to realize the benefits of better chipping fundamentals and all of the hard work he has put in on the range. Brooks is doing a much better job of taking what the course gives him and not forcing the issue when the odds are stacked against him.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) finished tied for 18th in the individual standings with a three over par total of 219. He carded even par scores of 72 in the first two rounds and finished with a three over par 75. Senior Kyle Cobb (Tallahassee, Fla.) played his best round of the tournament over the final 18 holes as he scored an even par 72.
"We competed with some really good teams this week," said Jones. "This golf course was a PGA golf course that rewards good shots and penalizes loose shots."
Florida State closes out its regular season as it travels to play in the Arizona State University Thunderbird Invitational April 9-10. The event will be a homecoming for Kittleson who was raised in nearby Scottsdale.
Linger Longer Invitational/Mar. 27-29. 2011/Final Team Results Great Waters Golf Course/Greensboro, Ga./Par 72 1. Alabama 846 8. Memphis 880 2. Chattanooga 864 9. Coastal Carolina 890 T3. Georgia 866 10. Mercer 898 T4. Stanford 866 11. Jacksonville 903 5. Florida State 872 12. Furman 908 T6. Kennesaw State 878 13. Appalachian State 926 T6. Charlotte 878
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Joaquin Lolas 7t 74 70 70 214 Brooks Koepka 9t 74 70 71 215 Drew Kittleson 18t 72 72 75 219 Kyle Cobb 53t 78 79 72 229 Bjorn Hellgren 63t 76 76 81 233 Tyler Sluman * 69 77 88 74 239
Lolas Leads Seminoles.
Freshman leads Florida State in final standings of Thunderbird Invitational.
TEMPE, AZ - Freshman Joaquin Lolas shot a final round 74 and finished in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings and the Seminole men's golf team finished in eighth place in the team standings as Florida State closed out its regular season at the Thunderbird Invitational at the Arizona State University Golf Course. Lolas finished as the Seminoles' leader for the second consecutive tournament after carding his career best single round score of 68 in the second round of the event.
Southern California, which took over the lead late in the second round, ran away with a 14 stroke victory over No. 4 ranked San Diego State to claim the team championship. The Trojans placed their top four players in the top seven of the individual standings in taking home the championship trophy. J.J. Spaun of San Diego State shot a four under par 67 in the final round to win his second consecutive Thunderbird Invitational individual championship.
Lolas (Lima, Peru) finished in a tie for 16th place with a 215 total for the three round event. It marked the second consecutive event that he had finished at the top of the Seminoles' leader board; he led Florida State with a tie for seventh place finish at the Linger Longer Invitational in late March. Lolas's 215 total for the three round tournament was one stroke off of his career best of 214 which he established at the Linger Longer.
Lolas has now earned two consecutive top 25 individual finished after not having finished within the top 25 of the first five events of his Florida State career. He carded all three rounds under 75 for his third consecutive tournament and averaged 71.67 strokes per round in finishing inside for the top 20.
Freshman Bjorn Hellgren (Vasteras, Sweden) played the best round of golf for the Seminoles in the final round as he carded an even par 71. He was one over par over the final two rounds of the event in finishing in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings. Hellgren was as many a two strokes under par for the afternoon as he birdied two of his first 15 holes. He had a clean card with 13 holes at par and two birdies after 15 holes and finished at even par. For the afternoon he was at par or better on 16 of the 18 holes he played.
Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) finished as the Seminoles' second highest ranking player along with Hellgren. Both Koepka and Hellgren finished in a tie for 27th place in the individual standings. Koepka finished with a 72 in the final round for a 217 total. Koepka has now earned five consecutive top 30 individual finish with his finish in the Thunderbird coming as his first in four events outside of the top 20.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) who was playing in his homecoming, finished in a tie for 35th place after carding a six over par score of 77 in the third round. It was his first round scored over par in the tournament as he carded an even par 71 in the first round and a one under par 70 in the second round.
39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational/Par 71/Final Team Results Arizona State University Golf Course/Tempe, Az./April 8-10, 2011 1. Southern Cal. 837 8. Florida State 866 2. San Diego State 851 9. Northwestern 869 3. UNLV 857 T10. Colorado State 871 4. CSU Northridge 863 T10. UC Irvine 871 T5. California 864 T12. Washington State 883 T5. Arizona State 864 T12. San Jose State 863 7. Pepperdine 865
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Joaquin Lolas 16t 73 68 74 215 Brooks Koepka 27t 72 73 72 217 Bjorn Hellgren 27t 74 72 71 217 Drew Kittleson 38t 71 70 77 218 Wesley Graham 64t 76 75 76 227
Seminoles Finish Fifth.
Kittleson and Koepka finish in top 10 at ACC Championships.
NEW LONDON, NC - Senior Drew Kittleson finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings and the Florida State men's golf team finished in fifth place in the team standings as play in the 57th annual Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf championship at the Old north State Club at Uwharrie Point came to a close Sunday. Kittleson tied his best career ACC finish and his fourth top five finish of his senior season to lead the Seminoles. Teammate Brooks Koepka carded an under par score of 71 and finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings to earn his second career top 10 finish in three ACC Championships.
The Seminoles played well and moved into third place in the team standings for a short time during the third round but finished the tournament in fifth place. It marked the second consecutive season the Seminoles have finished in fifth place and the fourth time in the last five seasons that they have finished in fifth place or higher including winning the 2008 conference championship.
No. 6 ranked Georgia Tech ran away with the team championship to claim its third consecutive ACC Championship. The Yellow Jackets, who led wire-to-wire, defeated runner up Duke by 18 strokes. The Seminoles finished ahead of three teams including No. 25 NC State and No. 27 Wake Forest. Florida State defeated the Wolfpack by six strokes and topped the Deacons by 13 strokes. Paul Haley of Georgia Tech won the individual championship with a one stroke win over teammate Kyle Scott.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) played winning golf in all three rounds of the ACC Championship with three consecutive sub par rounds. He carded rounds of 71-71-70 for a four under par total of 212. His tie for sixth finish matched his tied for sixth finish in 2008 while his 212 score within two strokes of tying his best of four ACC Championship sores (210 in 2008).
Kittleson matched his tournament high with four birdies in the final round on his way to playing under par golf for the third consecutive day. He birdied his first two holes to move under par and was never above par during the remainder of the round. Kittleson played even par golf on his front nine and was two under par on his back nine. He finished the round at two under par over his last 10 holes and was under par for 47 of his 54 holes played in his fourth career ACC Championship.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) earned his second career top 10 ACC Championship finish after finishing in a tie for fifth as a sophomore in 2010. He played his best golf of the third round on his front nine with three birdies and a two under par total and was one over par with only one birdie on his back nine. Koepka carded his second consecutive under par round of 71 in the third round.
With eight birdies over his final two rounds, Koepka spent the entire second and third rounds under par with the exception of his first three holes of the third round.
"I played okay golf today," said Koepka after the round. "I got off to a good start and unfortunately had some trouble in the middle and at the end of the round. It was windy during the entire round so I am happy to finish at one under."
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) and freshman Joaquin Lolas (Lima, Peru) finished in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings. Graham carded a 75 in the final round and finished with a three round total of 220. He carded a junior season best 69 in the second round. Lolas, who has displayed a tremendous amount of future potential through his first season as a Seminoles, carded a 74 and also finished with a three round total of 220. Freshman Bjorn Hellgren (Vesteras, Sweden) finished in a tie for 39th place in the standings as he carded a three over par score of 75 and finished with a 224 total - the fourth best tournament score of his freshman season.
57th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/Final Team Results Old North State Club and Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./April 22-24, 2011 1. Georgia Tech 831 7. Virginia Tech 874 2. Duke 851 T8. North Carolina 879 3. Clemson 861 T8. Wake Forest 879 4. Virginia 864 10. Maryland 901 5. Florida State 866 11. Boston College 953 6. NC State 872
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Drew Kittleson 6t 71 71 70 212 Brooks Koepka 10t 73 70 71 214 Wesley Graham 26t 76 69 75 220 Joaquin Lolas 26t 74 72 74 220 Bjorn Hellgren 39t 77 72 75 224
Noles Golf Finishes 8th.
Seminoles fail to advance to NCAA Championship finals.
ZIONSVILLE, IN - The Florida State men's golf team fell short in its effort to earn a second consecutive bid the NCAA Division I Championship finals as it finished in a tie for eighth place at the NCAA Indiana Regional Championship at Wolf Run Golf Course as play in the event came to a close on Saturday. The Seminoles finished 17 strokes behind Iowa and Tennessee (who both finished in a tie for fourth place) in the race for one of the top five spots in the in the regional championship.
Regional champion Michigan will be joined by Alabama, Michigan, Iowa and Tennessee at the NCAA Division I Championship finals at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. Luke Guthrie of Illinois and Lion Kim of Michigan finished tied for the individual championship with identical scores of eight under par 205. Lee Bedford of Wake Forest will represent the region as the top individual finisher who was not on one of the top five team who advanced to play in the championship finals. The team and individual championship in the sport of men's golf will be decided May 31-June 5. Augusta State, which qualified from the NCAA Florida Regional Championship, will return to the championship finals as they look to defend the title Jaguars won in 2010.
Florida State began the day looking as if it would become one of the first teams in recent memory to make up as much as a 10 stroke deficit on the final day of a regional championship and advance to the final site. The Seminoles, who began the day in se Collectively, the Seminoles were five strokes over par on the final two holes of the back side of the course (the Seminoles began the round on the 10th hole for the second consecutive day). The Seminoles gained back little luck after the turn as they co Florida State was led on the final day by freshman Bjorn Hellgren (Vasteras, Sweden) who finished with an even par score of 71. His 71 allowed him to finish with a 219 total for the three round event - the third best tournament score of his freshman sea Hellgren carded an event high five birdies in the third round after carding a total of seven in the first two rounds. He carded birdies on his first two holes of the round to immediately move below par - where he stayed for the majority of the round. He Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) closed out a fine junior season with a two over par score of 73 and a 19th place finish in the individual standings. Koepka played solid golf in his final round of the season with 15 holes at par or better with two birdies. He was done in by one bad hole - a double bogey six on the par four hole No. 12. Besides that hole, he played even par golf during the round.
Koepka's finish marked his second career top 20 regional championship finish - he finished in a tie for sixth place at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship in the spring of 2009.
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) and freshman Joaquin Lolas (Lima, Peru) played well in the final round as they finished with scores of five over par 76. The Seminole pair finished in a tie for 47th place in the individual standings.
The end of the event brought to a close the stellar career of Seminole captain Drew Kittleson. The heart and soul of the Seminoles for the last four seasons, he helped lead Florida State to four NCAA Tournament appearances and the first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the sport of golf in school history in 2008.
2011 NCAA Indiana Regional/Par 71/ Final Team Results Wolf Run Golf Club/Zionsville, Ind./May 19-21, 2011 1. Michigan 841 T8. Indiana 882 2. Illinois 843 T8. Wake Forest 882 3. Alabama 847 T8. Florida State 882 T4. Tennessee 865 11. Memphis 893 T4. Iowa 865 12. Wichita State 906 6. Stanford 869 13. Missouri Kansas City 907 7. Charlotte 875 14. Sacred Heart 950
Name Place Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Total ========================= ===== ==== ==== ==== ===== Brooks Koepka 19 69 74 73 216 Bjorn Hellgren 28t 73 75 71 219 Wesley Graham 47t 80 70 76 226 Joaquin Lolas 47t 74 76 76 226 Drew Kittleson 67t 75 83 78 236