Oct. 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It was a great day for Florida State golf on Sunday as former Seminole Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) won his first PGA Tour tournament with a final-round 2-under 68 victory at the Frys.com Open at the CordeValle Golf Club. While Blixt was competing at San Martin, Calif., the No. 20 Men’s Golf team participated at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico on Sunday.
Blixt, who graduated in 2008, carded a four round total of 16-under 268 to win by one shot. Blixt tallied 21 birdies, which tied for first amongst the field. After his drive went over the green, he clinched his win with a flop shot on the 17th hole. The ball stopped 7 feet from the hole, and he sank the putt to take the lead.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Blixt. “I really can’t believe this is happening. The weird part is I’ve been working on some stuff with my swings and I wasn’t feeling completely 100 percent with my swing. I just told myself just give it a good hit every time and see what happens. Just focus, you can’t do any better than your best and that is what I did on every shot.”
“It is hard to express how proud I am of Jonas,” said head coach Trey Jones. “As I said to Jonas, no one is more deserving of success. He has worked diligently and intelligently for a long time to get his first PGA Tour win. One thing I know for sure is that as proud as the Seminole Family is of Jonas Blixt, Jonas is equally proud to be a Seminole.”
Blixt, a two time All-American at Florida State, started the event strong with a first round 5-under 66 and followed it up with a 3-under 68 on Friday. He carded another 5-under 66 on Saturday by making five birdies on the back nine. Last week he placed third at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
As for the men’s golf team, the Garnet and Gold are in fourth after the first round at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. The Seminoles currently have all players in the top half of the field after turning in a 12-over 300 on Sunday. After a tropical storm came into the area, play on Monday and Tuesday was suspended and only the first round will count.
“Four of the five players were under par at or beyond the halfway point,” said Jones. “This golf course will always have wind and is very difficult if your misses are more than ten yards off the fairway. The elevation and desert require the players to focus on a small target and trust their swings.”
Sophomore Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.) is leading the team with a 1-over 73 and sits in a tie for fifth. Florida State’s freshmen take the next three spots on the team as Rowin Caron (Terheijden, Netherlands) is tied for 12th with a 2-over 74. With a 4-over 76 is Collin Engelhardt (Orlando, Fla.) tied for 24th. Hank Lebioda (Winter Springs, Fla.) and senior Doug Letson (Tampa, Fla.) both carded a 5-over 77 and sit in a tie for 31st.
“We had an opportunity to put a quality round on the board today and finished poorly,” concluded Jones. “The encouraging thing is we came out prepared, the discouraging thing is we are making recurring mistakes. You can only be young for so long. You have to learn from your mistakes then correct them.”
The Seminoles are part of a 12-team field that includes four teams in the top 50. Florida State joins No. 25 St. Mary’s, No. 32 Kentucky, No. 47 Mississippi, Texas-Arlington, USF, host school Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Arkansas-Little Rock, South Dakota, Cincinnati and Abilene Christian.
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