Men's Golf ACCtion: Wednesday, February 10
Feb. 10, 2010
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Florida State University sophomore Brooks Koepka shot a career-low tying 65 in the third round and finished in second place in the individual standings and the No. 4 ranked Florida State men's golf team finished in a tied for 10th place in the team standings as play in the 20th Annual Mauni Lani Invitational at the Mauna Lani North Course came to a close. Koepka tied his personal bests for single round score (65) and individual finish (second) while coming within four strokes of tying his career best for tournament score (210). He finished one stroke behind Bobby Hudson of Texas in the race for the individual championship. Hudson carded a 66 in the final round to claim the individual championship.
Birdies on the final hole by three Stanford University players secured the Cardinal the team championship in the event. Stanford, Oregon and Washington were tied as their players headed for their final holes. With the birdies, the Cardinal turned in an 866 to earn the team championship. The Cardinal defeated Oregon and Washington by three strokes to win the first championship of the collegiate golf season.
Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played a nearly flawless round as he was minus three on his first nine and minus four on his second nine. Starting on the 10th hole, he birdied three of his first nine holes and made the turn at three under par. He played as well on his back nine with two birdies and an eagle on the par five seventh hole. It marked the second time during the tournament that Koepka had earned an eagle on that same hole.
Kohala Coast, Hawai'i - James White fired a 5-under-par 67 to lead a final-round rally for the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech golf team, which shot 6-under-par as a team and finished sixth in the Mauna Lani Invitational on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.
White, a sophomore from Acworth, Ga., birdied seven holes against a pair of bogeys to match his career-low round, while junior Kyle Scott put together a bogey-free round of 2-under-par 70. They tied for sixth place individually, with White matching his career-best finish and Scott establishing a new best.
John-Tyler Griffin tied for 10th after firing an even-par 72 Friday. Freshman Bo Andrews shook off a couple of poor rounds the first two days by posting a 73 to count for Tech in the last round.
CLEMSON, SC - Senior Ben Martin and freshmen Corbin Mills and Crawford Reeves all finished in the top 10 to lead Clemson to a third-place finish in the 15-team Jacksonville Invitational on Tuesday. The tournament was played at the par 72 Players Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, FL.
East Tennessee State, who trailed Clemson by a stroke entering the final round, won the tournament with a score of 893, 29 over par. Wake Forest was second at 900 and 36 over par, while the Tigers were third at 901. East Carolina was fourth at 916, while Liberty and Charleston Southern were tied for fifth at 920.
Martin finished third individually with a 222 score. He had rounds of 71-74-76 for the two-day event. Martin was tied with Michael Stewart of East Tennessee State. The medalist was Brendan Gielow of Wake Forest, who shot 218 for the 54 holes.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Senior Brendan Gielow birdied two of his final three holes to claim his second collegiate victory at the Jacksonville Invitational on Tuesday. Behind Gielow, Wake Forest would finish second in the event after firing the low round of the day.
Gielow made four birdies in his final round of 73. He finished the 54-hole event at the famed TPC of Sawgrass Stadium Course at 2-over par, one-shot better than Kelvin Day of Charleston Southern.
As a team, the Demon Deacons carded the low round of the day, a 10-over 298 and jumped ACC-foe Clemson for second place. East Tennessee State fired the low-round of the tournament Monday afternoon, a 3-over 291, which propelled the Buccaneers to a 7-stroke victory.