April 12, 2005
Florida State continues play on its spring 2005 schedule as it plays in the 52nd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C., April 15-17. The Seminoles’ participation in the ACC Championship marks the 14th time Florida State has played in the event – each year since joining the league for the 1991-92 academic and athletic year. Florida State finished in a program best third place during the 1994 event at Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C. The Seminoles have earned four top-10 team finishes this year with its most recent (eighth place at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate) coming in their last event. The Seminoles earned their best finish of the season – third place – at the Gator Invitational to open the spring 2005 season. Head coach Trey Jones spent a few good minutes with seminoles.com before the team departed for North Carolina.
You have utilized a number of different lineups this spring. Is it your philosophy to find a lineup and stick with it, or do you allow your players and their play to decide what your lineup is on a tournament by tournament basis?When you have 9-12 team members each of them will be playing their best at different times and each of them may struggle at different times. We will qualify a great deal in the fall and early spring. This will allow the players to separate themselves in order to have a more consistent lineup late in the year.
You have competed against, and defeated, a number of the ACC teams in different tournaments this season. What do you hope to accomplish in the ACC Championship as your team competes against the conference teams this weekend? We have competed well at times and poorly at times during the spring and fall seasons. I think we will see consistent play from each team member at the ACC Championship and our success will be determined if our top players can compete with the other top players.
What is your one major goal going into the ACC Championship this weekend? I want our players to putt the ball better than any team in the field and have the least amount of double bogies during the 54-hole event.
What has been your most memorable moment of the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons? The most memorable moment for me this year so far was having two of our freshmen finish in the top five at the Gator Invitational with Jonas Blixt winning the individual title. I was also pleased with our play during the first two rounds at The Hootie at Bulls Bay tournament where we showed we are definitely moving in the right direction.
What lessons can your players learn from playing in the ACC Championship and competing against the teams and players who make up the ACC? Any lessons we might learn depends on the position our players put themselves in going into the final round. We will learn from each situation during the weekend, but we hope our young players have an opportunity to experience competing for a championship late in the tournament. Our strength of schedule is ranked as the 16th toughest in the country so we have seen the top teams on a weekly basis.
What are the areas that you have seen the most improvement in by your players this year? The areas our players have improved the best in are course management and composure. Their decision making ability has also improved.
What areas do your players have to work on the most to show improvement heading into next season? Each of our players are different and need to work on and improve on different aspects of their game. As a team we need to putt the ball better, and increase our number of low rounds. Once we begin to fix those areas, our scores will come down and we will begin to compete for championships each time we play.
How have the improvements at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course helped your team improve over the course of the season? All good players like to practice on hard fast, undulating greens. The renovations have given us the just opportunity.
What further improvements do you have planned for the training facility and golf course at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course?
We have the support to continue improving our facility. We are looking to add a putting station in our training center in the near future.