Nov. 19, 2007
EL PASO, Texas –
Florida State senior Jonas Blixt is in a tie for seventh place and junior Matt Savage is in a tie for 21st place after the first two rounds of the 33rd Annual Western Refining College All-American Golf Tournament at the El Paso Country Club. Blixt is only five strokes behind the overall leader while Savage is 12 strokes back with two of the three rounds of play complete.
The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is the only individual stroke play event sanctioned by the NCAA. It features the nation’s top returning All Americans from the 2006-07 season. Past champions include Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, David Duval, Jerry Pate, Notah Begay, Nicholas Thompson and this past years champion Chris Kirk. Florida State has had seven golfers participate in the illustrious history of the event including Ken Staton, Roger Winchester and Duke Donahue.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) finished the first day of play with a four-under par score of 138. He carded a four-under par 67 in the first round and closed the day with an even par 71.
Blixt finished the first round of play with six birdies, 10 holes of par and only two bogeys. He was as much as five strokes under par and was never over par during the round. Blixt began the round with five of the first six holes at par and finished the final 12 rounds at four-under par for a score of 67.
Blixt closed the after well and finished with an even par score of 71 in the second round. He was four over after his first nine holes and four under on the back nine – including four consecutive birdies to close out his round – to close at even par.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) finished the first two rounds with a three-over par score of 145. He carded an even par score of 71 in the first round and a 74 in the second round.
Savage’s first round included three birdies, 12 rounds of par and only three bogeys. He was as much as two-under par and not more than one-over par throughout the first round. Savage closed his round with a one-over par score on his first nine and a one-under par score on his second nine.
Both Blixt and Savage are chasing Aaron Goldberg of San Diego State who carded a nine-under par score of 133. He was five under par in his first round of play and four under par in his second round. Goldberg leads Trent Leon of Oklahoma State and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest by one stroke.