April 13, 2008
WALLACE, N.C. –
Florida State University senior All-American Jonas Blixt finished in third place in the individual standings and the No. 7 ranked Seminole men’s golf team finished in fifth place in the team standings as play in the River Landing Intercollegiate on the Landing Course at the River Landing Golf Club came to a close. The fifth place finish for the Seminoles marked their fifth top-five team placing in five events this spring.
No. 16 ranked Duke defeated NC State by nine strokes to claim the team championship. The Blue Devils led the event wire to wire to gain their second team championship of the year after finishing in a tie for first in the team standings at the Coca-Cola Classic during the fall season. Duke’s Michael Schachner defeated Webb Simpson in a one-hole playoff to win the individual championship. Schachner finished two strokes ahead of Florida State’s Blixt.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) led the Seminoles in the third and final round with a two-under par score of 70 to finish with a five-under par total of 211. He finished in third place to earn his fourth top-five individual finish of the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons. Blixt was under par for 17 of the 18 holes played on Sunday and was as many as three strokes under par during the round. He played the third round with 17 holes at par or better with three birdies and only one bogey.
Blixt will defend his ACC individual championship beginning Friday at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. He won the ACC Championship last season and is looking to become the first back-to-back conference champion since the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished the event with a one-under par score of 71 to finish in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings. He carded under par scores of 71 in the first and third rounds of the event. Kittleson was three under par after 14 holes and finished his final four holes of the afternoon at two over par. Kittleson’s individual finish marked the third best and third top-20 finish of his Seminole career.
Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) carded the Seminoles best score of the final round, a three-under par 69, to lead the Seminoles over the final 18 holes. He saved his best for last as he played his final seven holes of the afternoon at three under par. Lauer carded six birdies and finished in a tie for 36th place in the individual standings.
Seminole sophomore Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and senior Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) finished their play in the event with identical scores of 77. Knight finished in a tie for 45th place while Rymer finished in a tied for 70th place.
“While I am dissapointed in our inconsitant play this week each player is playing well and has the potential to play well at the ACC championship this week,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “Cameron struggled again today and shot a very uncharted 77. He will re-group work hard and be ready to play one of his favorite courses in the Old North State Club.
“We will be ready to play on Friday,” said Jones.
Florida State begins play in the 55th annual ACC Championship on Friday. The Seminoles finished in a tie for fourth in the event last season and are considered to be one of the favorites to win this season’s ACC championship The Seminoles are ranked No. 7 in this week’s national rankings by Golf Week Magazine (two places ahead of Georgia Tech) and are ranked No. 8 in the latest Golfstat head to head standings (one place behind Georgia Tech). A total of five of the 11 ACC teams are ranked in the Golf Week Top-25 while six are ranked in the top-25 by Golfstat.
River Landing Intercollegiate/Par 72/Final Florida State Results River Landing Golf Club/Landing Course/Wallace, N.C./April 11-13, 2008 5/15. Florida State 284 299 287 870 3. Jonas Blixt 68 73 70 211 T16. Drew Kittleson 71 75 71 217 T36. Seath Lauer 72 80 69 221 T45. Cameron Knight 73 73 77 223 T70. Tommy Rymer 75 78 77 230
River Landing Intercollegiate/Par 72/Final Team Results River Landing Golf Club/Landing Course/Wallace, N.C./April 11-13, 2008 1. Duke 851 9. East Carolina 883 2. NC State 860 10. Maryland 887 3. Memphis 864 11. Rice 892 4. Wake Forest 868 12. Tulsa 893 5. Florida State 870 13. Houston 904 6. N. Carolina 877 14. Liberty 906 7. Virginia 879 15. Navy 910 8. Kansas 881