April 23, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which won its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference championship on April 20th, is ranked 10th and Seminole All-American Jonas Blixt is ranked as the No. 7 individual in the nation in this week’s GolfWeek/Sagarin poll. The Seminoles are the second highest ranked ACC team while Blixt is the second highest ranked ACC player in the nation.
Florida State won its first ever ACC Championship with a three stroke victory over Duke at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C. The Seminoles finished the event with a season-best score of 26-under par. Duke, co-leader or leader for the first two rounds, finished second at 23-under par. The next three teams were separated by just one stroke each. North Carolina finished third at 18-under, while Georgia Tech’s strong finish moved them up to fourth from eighth at 17-under in the final round. Wake Forest was one more shot back in fifth.
Blixt, who was shooting to become only the fourth player in ACC history to win consecutive ACC individual championships, finished in a tie for third place with teammate Matt Savage with an eight-under par score of 208. Blixt finished the event with scores of 69-70-69 in leading the Seminoles to its 838 team total. He is averaging a team-leading 71.47 stokes per round and leads the team with 16 rounds at par or better this year. He is a combined total of five strokes under par for the entire spring season (six tournaments and 18 rounds).
Savage, who has now earned two top-12 individual finishes in ACC play, is ranked 41st in the nation. He is averaging a career-best 72.22 strokes this year and ranks second on the team with 15 scores at par or better. Savage is a total of five strokes over par for the entire spring season and has earned four top-15 individual finishes this spring.
In winning the ACC Championship, the Seminoles did not count a single score above par and counted 10 of their 12 scores below par. Four of the Seminoles five players – Blixt (tied for third / -8 / 208), Savage (tied for third / -8 / 208), freshman Drew Kittleson (tied for sixth / -6 / 210) and sophomore Seath Lauer (tied for 13th / -4 / 212) finished with under par totals for the 54-hole event.
With its team victory at the ACC Championship, the Seminoles have now won three events this season – the Inverness Intercollegiate in the fall and the Seminole Intercollegiate and the ACC Championship in the spring. The Seminoles’ victory at the Inverness Intercollegiate was Florida State’s first team championship since the 1998 season. The three team wins for the Seminoles this year marks the first time since the 1994-95 fall and spring seasons that they have won at least three tournaments in a single year. Florida State won four tournaments in 1994-95 in their way to finishing sixth in the NCAA East Regional Championship and seventh at the NCAA National Championship during the spring of 1995.
Florida State has now automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship and will be one of the 63 teams selected for regional play when the field is announced on April 28. It will mark the third consecutive season the Seminoles will play in the NCAA Championship for the first time since the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons that the Seminoles have been selected for NCAA play.
GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Rankings Rank Team Team Championships 1 Alabama 5 2. Georgia 2 3. Southern California 3 4. UCLA 2 5. Oklahoma State 5 6. Charlotte 1 7. Stanford 0 8. Florida 3 9. Georgia Tech 1 10. Florida State 1