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Noles In Third
Drew Kittleson leads Florida State after two rounds of the Thunderbird Invitational.


Drew Kittleson leads Florida State after two rounds of the Thunderbird Invitational.

April 9, 2011

TEMPE, Az. (seminoles.com) - Senior Drew Kittleson is in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings and the Florida State men's golf team is in a tie for third place after two rounds of the 39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational at the Arizona State University Golf Course. Kittleson leads the Seminoles with a one under par total of 141 in his homecoming in Arizona. Kittleson grew up just over 10 miles from the ASU campus and was followed throughout the round by numerous family and friends.

Southern California leads No. 4 ranked San Diego State, the highest ranked team in the field, by nine strokes in the team standings heading into the final round. The Seminoles are in a tie for third place behind USC and San Diego State and are tied with Pepperdine - a trio of west coast teams. Nick Delio of Cal State Northridge leads the individual standings with a five under par total of 137 for the first two rounds. He carded a six under par score of 65 in the second round.

Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) led Florida State through the first round with an even par score of 71 and closed the day with a one under par score of 70. His score of one under par 141 has him tied with four other players (including teammate Joaquin Lolas) and only two strokes out of third place and only four strokes out of first place.

Kittleson scored a one under par 70 in second round after carding an even par 71 in the first round. He played his best golf on the back nine during his two rounds; he was a total of four under par on the back side of the course after finishing the front side a combined three over par. Kittleson totaled seven birdies during his 36 holes played on Saturday with all seven coming on the back side of the course.

Freshman Joaquin Lolas (Lima, Peru) is tied with Kittleson for 12th place after he carded the best round of the day - a three under par 68 - for the Seminoles in the second round. He carded a two over par 73 in the first round and was in a tie for 31st place after 18 holes. Lolas improved his score by five strokes and his individual placing by 19 places with his second round score.

Junior Brooks Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) is in a tie for 29th place after carding scores of 73 and 73 for a total of 145. Freshman Bjorn Hellgren (Vesteras, Sweden) is in a tie for 36th place after carding scores of 74 and 72.

The Seminoles will play their final round of the regular season before beginning preparations for the ACC Championship April 22-24 at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in North Carolina.

39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational/Par 71/Second Round Florida State Results
Arizona State University Golf Course/Tempe, Az./April 8-10, 2011
T3/13.  Florida State    290   283   573
T11.    Drew Kittleson   71    70    141
T11.    Joaquin Lolas    73    68    141
T29.    Brooks Koepka    72    73    145
T32.    Bjorn Hellgren   74    72    146
T59.    Wesley Graham    76    75    151

39th Annual Thunderbird Invitational/Par 71/Second Round Team Results
Arizona State University Golf Course/Tempe, Az./April 8-10, 2011
1.   Southern Cal.    558   T7.   Northwestern          578
2.   San Diego State  567   T7.   Cal State Northridge  578
T3.  Florida State    573   10.   UC Irvine             583
T3.  Pepperdine       573   11.   California            584
5.   Colorado State   574   12.   San Jose State        592
6.   Arizona State    576   13.   Washington State      594
T7.  UNLV             578

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