May 17, 2007
ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
Florida State junior Jonas Blixt shot a one-over par 73 and the Seminoles are in a tie for 13th place after the first round of the NCAA East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia. Blixt is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles who are looking to advance to the championship round of the NCAA Golf Tournament for the first time since 1996. Florida State must finish in tenth place or higher in the regional to advance to the national championship round. The Seminoles begin play in the second round only three strokes out of tenth place and only 10 strokes out of fifth place in the team standings.
Florida State, which counted Blixt’s 73, a 74 by freshman Cameron Knight, a 75 from senior Torstein Nevestad and a 78 by sophomore Matt Savage, dropped four strokes on the final two holes to fall below the tenth place cut line.
Georgia Tech, the No. 13 ranked team in the country, holds the first round lead with a team score of 284. The Yellow Jackets have a two stroke lead over No. 1 ranked Georgia and a four stroke lead over Duke. A total of four ACC teams Georgia Tech, Duke, Clemson and Maryland – are currently in the top 10 in the team standings. Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech holds the individual lead with a five under par 67 after the first 18 holes.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) carded a one-over par 73 with two birdies and 13 holes of par. He played even par golf over the final 13 holes of the afternoon after playing the first five holes at one-over par. Blixt stumbled a bit with bogies on holes four and five but recovered over the final 13 holes with only one hole over par. He entered the event averaging 72.1 strokes per round during his first six events of the spring season.
Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) carded a two-over par 74 – a round that included 14 holes of par or better golf (four birdies) – and continues to play as well as any Seminole golfer in the postseason. He played consistently enough throughout most of the round and was able to recover from a pair of double-bogies on holes six and 18. Knight is averaging 73.6 strokes per round in the last two events and has finished a total of nine-over par in his last two events.
Nevestad (Olso, Norway) also continued to play well in the postseason as he finished the first 18 holes with a three-over par score of 75. He played consistently throughout the round as he counted 14 holes of par or better. Nevestad recovered from a bogie on hole 11 and a double bogie on hole 13 to finish the round at three-over par. He has now played seven consecutive rounds with scores of 75 or better and is a total of four-over par since beginning play in the ACC Tournament on April 20.
Florida State begins second round play Friday morning at 7:47 and will play off of tee No. 10. The Seminoles are paired with Charlotte and North Carolina in pre-determined pairings and tee times.
NCAA East Regional Championship/Par 72/First Round FSU Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./May 17-19, 2007 T13/27. Florida State 300 T23. Jonas Blixt 73 T35. Cameron Knight 74 T51. Torstein Nevestad 75 T93. Matt Savage 78 T108. Seath Lauer 79
NCAA East Regional Championship/Par 72/First Round Team Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./May 17-19, 2007 1. Georgia Tech 284 T13. Florida State 300 2. Georgia 286 16. Jacksonville State 303 3. Duke 288 T17. UAB 304 4. Georgia State 289 T17. Virginia Tech 304 5. Florida 290 19. North Carolina 305 T6. Auburn 293 T20. Ole Miss 309 T6. Clemson 293 T20. Longwood 309 8. Maryland 295 T20. La-Lafayette 309 9. Charlotte 296 23. Old Dominion 314 10. Penn State 297 24. Boston College 315 T11. UCF 299 25. St. John's 316 T11. Tenn.-Chattanooga 299 T26. Rhode Island 321 T13. Coastal Carolina 300 T26. Hartford 321 T13. Eastern Michigan 300