Feb. 15, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Drew Kittleson finished in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings and the Seminole men's golf team finished in fourth place in the team standings as play in the SunTrust Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostic Golf Course at the University of Florida came to a close Sunday. The Seminoles were tied for the best round of the final round of play as they counted four scores of par or better - including Kittleson's two-under par 69 - to jump from eighth place after two rounds to take a fourth place finish in the event.
Florida, ranked 15th in the nation, won the event with an 18-stroke victory as they led the team standings from the start. The Gator's Toby Ragland won a seven-hole playoff with a birdie over teammate Billy Horschel. Simon Ward of UCF was eliminated from the playoff when Ragland and Horschel made birdie on the third hole.
Kittleson finished the event with a one-under par score of 209 as he carded scores of 71-70-68. He was two under par over the final two rounds the event. Kittleson has now finished in the top 15 of the first two events of the spring season.
Freshman Brooks Koepka finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings with a one-over par total of 211. He earned scores of 69 and 70 and was one-under par over the final two rounds of the event. Senior All-American Matt Savage rebounded from a tough effort in the Seminoles' first event to finish in a tie for 17th place with a two-over par score of 212. He scored a one-under par 69 in the second round and closed with an even par 70 in the final round.
Junior Cameron Knight was one of two Seminoles' with a below par score in the final round as he carded as one-under par 69 to finish with a 215 total of the 54-hole tournament. Knight was one of four Seminoles to finish within five stokes of par or better.
"We came out with a confident, business like mentality in the final round of the event and it showed immediately with ix birdies and no bogies in the first three holes," said head coach Trey Jones. "Our potential is evident when you look at our final 36 holes but potential is an adjective for not being as good as you could be."
Florida State will play host to the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee March 6-8. The Seminoles earned the team championship at the event in 2008.
SunTrust Gator Invitational/February 14-15, 2009/Par 70 Mark Bostic Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./Final Florida State Results 4/14. Florida State 288 282 277 847 T9. Drew Kittleson 71 70 68 209 T15. Brooks Koepka 72 69 70 211 T17. Matt Savage 73 69 70 212 T26. Cameron Knight 72 74 69 215 73. Wesley Graham 79 75 75 229
SunTrust Gator Invitational/February 14-15, 2009/Par 70 Mark Bostic Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./Final Team State Results 1. Florida 824 8. Chattanooga 851 2. Ole Miss 842 9. North Florida 856 3. UCF 846 10. Georgia State 858 4. Florida State 847 11. Mississippi State 866 5. Duke 848 12. Wake Forest 867 T6. Coastal Carolina 850 13. Georgia Southern 872 T6. Louisiana State 850 14. UAB 879