May 12, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team, ranked 26th nationally in the GolfStat Cup rankings, was selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Regional Championship at the Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla., May 14-16. The Seminoles were one of 81 teams at six different regional sites who will compete to advance to the NCAA Championship at the Inverness Country Club in Toledo, Oh., May 27-30. Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted to determine the 30 qualifying teams and six individuals not on those qualifying teams who will compete in the championship finals. Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals (Austin, Tex., Daly City, Cal., Stillwater, Okla.) while the other three regionals (Galloway, N.J., Sorrento, Fla., Bowling Green, Ky.) will have fourteen teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the finals.
THE 2009 EAST (SORRENTO, FLA.) REGIONAL FIELD
Florida State is joined by Georgia (Southeastern Conference Champion), Indiana, South Carolina, Central Florida (Conference USA Champion), Arizona, Augusta State, Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Iowa, Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference Champion), Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference Champion), Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion) (teams listed in order of seeds) in the NCAA East (Sorrento, Fla.) Regional Championship. The Par 72, 7,154 yard course was built in 2004 by David S. Harmen and is considered to be one of the top golf courses in the state of Florida.
FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT HISTORY IN NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Seminoles’ appearance in the NCAA Tournament marks the first time the Seminole men’s golf program has made four consecutive NCAA appearances since the 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983 seasons. Florida State played in a school record seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1977 through 1983. The Seminoles will play in a regional championship for the fourth consecutive season under head coach Trey Jones. Prior to the Seminoles appearing in the last four NCAA Tournaments and prior to Jones’ arrival for the 2004 season, Florida State had played in only one NCAA tournament from 1998-2006. The Seminoles have played in four regional championships in Jones’ six seasons as Florida State’s head coach and director of golf operations.
JONES NO STRANGER TO NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY
Seminole head coach Trey Jones, the 2008 ACC Coach of the Year, will make his ninth regional championship as a head coach. He took four of his seven teams at Georgia State to the regional championships and has now taken four of his first six Florida State teams to postseason play.
SEMINOLES AT THE 2008 WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Florida State men’s golf team finished in 21st place in the team standings in the 2008 NCAA West Regional Championship on the Olympic Course at the Golf Mountain Golf Club. The Seminoles were led in the individual standings by senior All-American Jonas Blixt who finished in a tie for 30th place. Neither the Seminoles as a team nor Blixt as an individual qualified to play in the 2008 NCAA Championship finals. Blixt led Florida State in the final standings with a five-over par score of 221 and led the Seminoles during the final round of the event with a two-under par score of 70.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2008/SPRING 2009) Name Tourn Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Drew Kittleson 9 25 8 22 66 1,807 72.28 Brooks Koepka 10 28 7 20 65 2,044 73.00 Matt Savage 10 28 13 21 63 2,046 73.07 Cameron Knight 7 19 8 12 69 1,401 73.74 Nicholas Smith 2 5 1 4 68 370 74.00 Seath Lauer 9 25 3 16 70 1,880 75.20 Wesley Graham 5 14 2 5 68 1,079 77.07