March 24, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which has earned three top-five team finishes in its first four events of the spring season, travels to play at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at the Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C. March 26-28. The tournament which is sponsored in large part by the musical group Hootie and the Blowfish is in its second year after enjoying a powerful tee-off last season. The tournament includes nine of the top 40 teams in the nation including the Seminoles who are currently ranked 39th nationally in the most recent college rankings by GolfWeek Magazine. The event benefits the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation which supports music programs nationwide.
THE HOOTIE AT BULLS BAY INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 14 Clemson, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 18 Kentucky, No. 22 Alabama, No. 27 NC State, No. 28 Auburn, No. 30 South Carolina, No. 34 Wake Forest, the College of Charleston, Louisiana State, UCF, Virginia and Vanderbilt in the second annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The event will be played at the Bulls Bay Golf Club. The 54-hole event will run Sunday through Tuesday at the par 71 course that is 7189 yards in length
FRESHMAN SMITH LEADING SEMINOLES THROUGH SPRING SEASON
Freshman Nicholas Smith (Belleview, Fla.), who tied his career-best with a tied for 11th place finish at last week’s Jim Hacker Invitational, is the Seminoles’ leading golfer with a 72.44 stroke average in four events this spring. He is joined by junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) and sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) as the three players in the Seminoles starting lineup who have averages under 73.00 strokes per round. Smith is tied for first on the team this spring with four rounds of par or better golf and eight rounds with scores at 75 or below. Smith carded a season-low 69 in the second round of the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate.
NEVESTAD CARDS 65 IN FIRST ROUND OF LEXUS/NAPLES INTERCOLLEGIATE
Junior Torstein Nevestad carded a seven-under par score of 65 in the first round of the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate. He finished in sixth place in the event with a five under par total of 216. Nevestad’s career-best score of 65 was the best single-round score by a Seminole since All-American Christian Raynor also shot a 65 in the first round of the Imperial Lakes Classic during the fall of 1993. Raynor was an All-American in 1995 and an All-ACC First-Team selection in 1994. Nevestad is one of five ACC golfers to card a score of 65 this year.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2005 SPRING 2006 COMBINED) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Jonas Blixt 6 18 10 15 70 1,313 72.94 Torstein Nevestad 7 21 4 19 65 1,534 73.05 Nicholas Smith 6 18 7 14 68 1,316 73.11 Tommy Rymer 4 12 1 10 68 887 73.92 Matt Savage 7 21 5 12 68 1,555 74.05 Bradley Ruch 3 9 2 6 72 686 76.22