Oct. 9, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team, which has earned two top-10 team finishes in two events this fall, hopes to continue its winning ways as it travels to play in the 2005 Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate Oct. 10-11, 2005 at the Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla. The Seminoles finished third at the season-opening Tennessee Tournament of Champions and eighth at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and have begun a season with consecutive top-10 finishes for the first time since the fall of 2003. Following their play in the Gary Koch Intercollegiate, the Seminoles close out their fall season at The Ridges Intercollegiate Oct. 15-16 in Johnson City, Tenn.
THE GARY KOCH/CLEVELAND GOLF INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by Arkansas, UCF, College of Charleston, No. 9 Florida, No. 11 Georgia State, No. 16 Kentucky, No. 17 LSU, North Florida, No. 29 Texas A&M, South Florida and Toledo in the seventh annual Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate. The event will be played at the Old Memorial Golf Course, a par 72, 7,028 yard course in Tampa. Fla. Kentucky enters the event as the defending team champion. Former Kentucky golfer Mark Blakefield, who graduated in 2005, won the event last season.
SEMINOLES FINISH EIGHTH AT SHOAL CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE
Seminole junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) finished in a tie for 14th place in the individual standings and the Seminoles finished in eighth place in the team standings at the Inaugural Shoal Creek Intercollegiate at Shoal Creek Golf Club. The Seminoles had moved into a tie for fifth place in the team standings when the second of three rounds was completed but slipped into their final position of eighth in the final round. First round leader Louisiana State came back after falling behind SEC rival Tennessee after the second round to nip the Volunteers by a single stroke to win the team championship. Nevestad earned the 10th top-15 finish of his collegiate career as he finished the event with a two-over par 218 total. He played his best golf of the tournament as he carded a two-under par 70 in the second round to help the Seminoles move from a tie for eighth place after the first round into a tie for fifth place after 36 holes.
ALL FIVE SEMINOLES UNDER PAR IN FIRST TWO EVENTS
Florida State enters the Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a cumulative stroke average of 73.03 strokes during the first 30 rounds of the fall season. All five of the Seminoles’ golfers – Jonas Blixt, Song Jeon, Torstein Nevestad, Matt Savage and Nicholas Smith – have carded at least one round of below par golf through the first two events. The quintet has totaled 11 rounds of par or better scores in the first two events as compared to 14 rounds of par or better golf in six events during the spring 2005 season.
JEON EARNS FOURTH CAREER TOP-25 FINISH AT SHOAL CREEK
Seminole sophomore Song Jeon (Seoul, South Korea) earned his fourth career top-25 finish as he played well at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate. He played the final two rounds at one-over par and finished at four over par for the entire 54-hole event. Jeon shot a career-low tying 69 in the second round and enters the Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a career-low 73.33 stroke average through the first six rounds of the fall season. He has played 14 of his last 23 rounds with scores of 75 or lower during the spring 2005 and fall 2005 seasons.
BLIXT PLAYING HIS BEST GOLF AS A SEMINOLE
Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) enters the Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a career-low 72.83 stroke average in the first six round of the fall season. He has cut his stroke average by more than one full stroke after averaging 7403 strokes in 29 rounds as a freshman.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2005)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Torstein Nevestad 2 6 1 6 68 434 72.33
Jonas Blixt 2 6 1 5 70 437 72.83
Matt Savage 2 6 2 5 70 437 72.83
Song Jeon 2 6 2 4 69 440 73.33
Nicholas Smith 2 6 2 4 68 443 73.83