Oct. 24, 2010
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Junior All-American Brooks Koepka shot a one under par score of 71 and is in a tie for 14th place in the individual standings and the Florida State men's golf team is in ninth place in the team standings after the first round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia. The Seminoles are competing in one of the top tournaments of the season against seven of the top 20 teams in the nation including four ACC teams who are ranked in the nation's top 25.
Georgia Tech, which is currently ranked 17th nationally, blistered the field over the first 18 holes and has a 13 stroke lead over Texas A&M heading into the second round. The Yellow Jackets counted four scores of 70 or better and has four players in the top seven of the individual standings including the current leader James White who shot a 10 under par score of 62. White holds a seven stroke lead over five other players who shot stellar scores of 69.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) spent just about the entire afternoon under par after earning an even score of par on hole No. 1. Following an even par five on hole No. 1, Koepka recorded four birdies and 10 holes at par. Koepka recovered from a double-bogey six on hole No. 14 to finish his final four holes at even par. He led the Seminoles with four birdies in the first round.
Senior Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz) also played well as he carded an even par score of 72. He closed his round with an eagle three on the par five 18 holes to finish at even par. Kittleson was one under par over his first 12 holes and closed with his second eagle of the fall season. He is in a tie for 22nd place in the individual standings.
Junior Wesley Graham (Port Orange, Fla.) continued to play well this season and carded a 75 in the first round. He was under par through his first 13 holes of the afternoon with three birdies and eight holes of par.
The second round of the tournament begins Monday morning and will see the Seminoles paired with California and Virginia. The Seminoles, Bears and Cavaliers will tee off beginning at 10:00 a.m.
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga. 9/15. Florida State 298 T14. Brooks Koepka 71 T22. Drew Kittleson 72 T34. Wesley Graham 75 T69. Kyle Cobb 79 T75. Doug Letson 75
U.S. Collegiate Championship/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga. 1. Georgia Tech 271 9. Florida State 298 2. Texas A&M 284 T10. E. Tennessee St. 300 3. UCLA 286 T10. Wake Forest 300 4. Southern Cal. 288 12. Washington 301 5. Virginia 289 13. Clemson 303 6. California 291 14. South Carolina 306 7. Duke 292 15. Georgia State 309 8. Kent State 294