May 16, 2008
BREMERTON, Wash. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team is in 21st place after two rounds of the NCAA Central Regional Championship on the Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The Seminoles are currently 15 strokes behind Wisconsin for 10th place and the final position needed to qualify for the NCAA Championship final round. The Seminoles carded a team total of 305 in the second round and will have to play their best round of the season if they are to advance to the finals for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore Seath Lauer, who carded a four over par 76 in the second round, is in a tie for 51st place in the in individual standings. He is the Seminoles’ highest ranked golfer in the field.
No. 2 ranked Southern California moved into the team lead and holds a five-stroke lead over Washington, the host school for the event. The Trojans are led by three players in the top three of the individual standings including the current medalist — Rory Hie — who has a two-day total of two-under par 142.
Florida State earned improved scores by three of their five players with freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) earning the biggest score improvement as he shot a four-over par 76 in the second round after carding an eight-over par 80 over the first 18 holes. Junior Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) improved his score from two strokes from a 77 in round one to a 75 in round two while sophomore Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) bettered his score by one stroke from a 79 to a 78 in the second round.
Savage led the Seminoles through the second round with a three-over par score of 75. He was at or under par on 13 of his 18 holes with four birdies and nine holes of par. After playing his first eight holes at five-over par he settled down and finished his round at two-under par. Savage carded three brides and six holes of par over his final 10 holes of the day.
Savage has played his best golf in his previous two NCAA regional appearances in the final round with a career-best 65 in the third round of the 2006 East Regional and a 70 in the third round of the 2007 East Regional. He is a combined 26 strokes over par in his first and second rounds of regional play and nine strokes under par during third round regional play.
Senior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) carded an uncharacteristic five-over par score of 77. It marked his lowest score since shooting a 78 in the first round of the U.S. Collegiate on March 24. Blixt entered the event with a season-long scoring average of 71.43 and shot more than six strokes above his average. He struggled throughout the round but closed with two birdies on his final four holes to finish at 77. Blixt earned three birdies and 10 holes of par during the round.
Blixt is the Seminoles’ second leading golfer with a two-day total of 151. He leads the Seminoles with seven birdies and 18 holes at par over the first two days of the event.
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) began his day well and was one-under at the turn but faltered on his back nine. Starting one the 10th hole, Lauer bogeyed his first hole of the round and was two-under par on his next eight holes with two birdies and six holes at par. Lauer closed at five-over par on his back nine to finish the day with a score of 76. He is Florida State’s overall leader with a two-round total of 150
Kittleson finished his round with a 77 to improve his individual standing. In finishing at five-over par he played his final 11 holes at two over par after playing his first seven holes at three over par. His day began well as he was one under par after two holes but lost five strokes over the next four holes to move his score to plus-four over par. He regained his composure and finished his day at one-over par over his final 12 holes of the round. Kittleson has a two-round total of 157.
Knight shot a six-over par score of 78 in the second round. He, too, closed well as he played his back nine at a total of one-over par with two birdies and three bogeys. He hurt himself on his front nine with four bogeys and a double-bogey.
“We have done a very poor job of adjusting to the poi anna greens,” said Head Coach Trey Jones after the Seminoles completed their round. “The greens are fast and bumpy and require you to putt defensively when you are on the wrong side of the hole. We have a team of good putters but have not done a good job of leaving the ball in good spots and we are leaving our second putts short. I was hoping that our 15 three putts in round one would be a short lived problem but it continued today. Today we had 17 three putts and 2 four putts. That number blows my mind after seeing these guys play all year.
“I am proud of their competitive spirit and know whatever happens tomorrow that they will give it their best effort and fight to the end.”
NCAA West Regional Championship/Par 72/Second Round Florida State Results Gold Mountain Golf Club/Olympic Course/Bremerton, Washington| 21/27. Florida State 304 305 609 T51. Seath Lauer 74 76 150 T65. Jonas Blixt 74 77 151 T74. Matt Savage 77 75 152 T113. Cameron Knight 79 78 157 T113. Drew Kittleson 80 77 157
NCAA West Regional Championship/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Gold Mountain Golf Club/Olympic Course/Bremerton, Washington 1. Southern Cal. 574 T14. Texas 598 2. Oregon 579 T16. California 601 3. Clemson 580 T16. North Carolina 601 T4. UCLA 585 18. UCF 603 T4. Washington 585 19. Kansas State 604 6. Arizona State 589 20. San Diego St. 605 T7. Pepperdine 593 21. Florida State 609 T7. Stanford 593 22. Denver 610 T7. Kentucky 593 23. UNLV 612 10. Wisconsin 594 24. LSU 617 T11. St. Mary's 595 25. San Diego 619 T11. Oklahoma 595 26. Navy 621 13. Oregon State 597 27. Columbia 641 T14. Texas Tech 598