April 21, 2007
NEW LONDON, N.C. –
Florida State junior All-America candidate Jonas Blixt is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in ninth place in the team standings after the first round of the 54th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club. Blixt carded a one-over par 73 and is only five strokes off of the individual pace set by Clemson’s Kyle Stanley and Virginia Tech’s Sypniewski heading into Saturday’s second round. The Seminoles are only five strokes behind the sixth place teams and nine strokes out of fifth place in the team standings.
Clemson, with the individual leader and three players in the top 20 of the individual standings, is in first place in the team standings after the first 18 holes. In a tight race, the Tigers are only one stroke ahead of Duke and only two strokes ahead of Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Stanley leads Clemson while Sypniewski leads Virginia Tech – both are at the top of the individual field of 55 players with a four-under par scores of 68.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) carded a one-over par 73 and finds himself on top of the Seminoles’ leader board after the first round. He played his best golf of the afternoon on the back nine as he finished with a one-under par score as he earned two birdies, six holes of par and only one bogie. Blixt earned 15 holes at par or better in the first round. Blixt is playing in his third career ACC Championship and is looking to earn his best career finish – he finished in a tie for 18th as a freshman and in a tie for 20th as a junior. Blixt is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings.
Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) and sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ken.) carded identical two-over par scores of 74 and are in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings. Nevestad, who is competing in the third ACC Championship of his three-year Seminole career, played nearly flawless golf on 16 of his 18 holes during the first round. He carded birdies on holes one, 11 and 18 and earned scores of par on 13 holes. He score was derailed a bit after a double bogie on the sixth hole and a triple bogie on the 16th hole. Nevestad was very consistent throughout the entire round as he was one over-par in the front and back nines to earn his best single round score of the spring season. Savage carded scores of par or better on 13 of his 18 holes and finished at two-over par. Savage is looking to finish as the Seminoles’ individual leader for the fifth time in five events this spring. Both Nevestad and Savage earned birdies on their final hole of the afternoon to set a positive tone for the second and third rounds of the event.
Freshman Seath Lauer, who is playing in his first career ACC Championship, carded a five-over par 77 is in a tie for 50th place.
“To be honest, we played a very sloppy round,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “We made mistakes that we shouldn’t be making at this time of the year. A positive was that we finished well; we were three-under as a team on the last two holes. We have to regroup, come out tomorrow and eliminate some of the mistakes we made today and pick up some ground.”
The Seminoles will tee off with NC State and Wake Forest in the second wave of teams at 9:10 p.m. on Saturday morning. The event is scheduled to run through Sunday.
54th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/First Round FSU Results Old North State Club/New London, N.C./April 20-22, 2007 9/11. Florida State 298 T23. Jonas Blixt 73 T26. Torstein Nevestad 74 T26. Matt Savage 74 T42. Seath Lauer 77 T48. Cameron Knight 78
54th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/First Round Team Results Old North State Club/New London, N.C./April 20-22, 2007 1. Clemson 285 T6. Wake Forest 293 2. Duke 286 8. NC State 295 T3. Georgia Tech 287 9. Florida State 298 T3. North Carolina 287 10. Maryland 300 5. Virginia Tech 289 11. Boston College 310 T6. Virginia 293