RIVERSIDE, Iowa – With the conclusion of Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, the college season has officially started. Soon we will be in full swing (no pun intended).
Early on at this event, there was a bit of “happy-to-be-here” or maybe a preseason exhibition-feel to the atmosphere at Blue Top Ridge. That’s understandable, considering the practice round and the first two rounds were played in August. However, with the final round falling on the first day of Septemebr, you could feel the intensity level pick up a notch.
When asked this week what they thought about their teams, coaches answered very similarly . . . they really had no idea what to expect. However, Florida State head coach Trey Jones found out a little bit about his team today.
The Seminoles entered the final round in second place – four shots behind Iowa – and took control on the back nine to win by eight shots. Jones had to figure 2008 U.S. Amateur runner-up Drew Kittleson would perform well, but it was Wesley Graham and Doug Letson that provided a big boost for the Noles. Kittleson (67) also did his part, finishing at 9-under 207, to share medalist honors with Iowa’s Brad Hopfinger.
Graham, who was a top junior player prior to arriving in Tallahassee, has struggled with college golf, but a closing 1-under 71 to go along with Letson’s 2-under 70 in his first college event, is certainly going to give the Seminole a big boost this fall.