Nov. 8, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which won one event and earned a 3-1 record and won the consolation bracket of the Calloway Match Play Championship, is ranked 11th in the final Golf World / Nike Golf Division I poll of the fall season. The Seminoles were ranked as high as No. 5 and no lower the No. 15 in the poll during their successful fall season.
Florida State won the Inverness Intercollegiate to open the fall season and earned three top-seven finishes in four events during the semester. In addition to finishing first at the Inverness Intercollegiate, the Seminoles finished fourth at the Fighting Illini Invitational and seventh at the PING/GolfWeek Preview. The team closed out their schedule with a 3-1 record at the Callaway Match Play Championship. Florida State earned victories over Georgia State, Lamar and then No. 1 ranked Charlotte.
Senior All-America Jonas Blixt, who earned a 3-1 record at the Match Play Championships, led the Seminoles with a 71.67 stroke average in 12 rounds during four events. He earned three top-five finishes as he won medalist honors at the Inverness Intercollegiate, earned a fourth place finish at the Fighting Illini and finished in fifth place at the PING Preview. Blixt scored 11 rounds with scores of 75 or better including a season-low score of 67 in the first round of the Inverness Intercollegiate.
Junior All-America Matt Savage, who was also undefeated (3-0-1) at the Match Play Championship, averaged 72.58 strokes in the Seminoles’ four events. He earned two top-five finishes with a fifth place standing at the Fighting Illini Invitational and a tied for fifth place finish at the Inverness Intercollegiate. He carded six of his 12 rounds at par or better during the season.
Both Blixt and Savage will play in the 33rd Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic which will be played Nov. 18-20 at the El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Tex. The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is the only individual stroke play event sanctioned by the NCAA. It features the nation’s top returning All Americans from the 2006-07 season. Past champions include Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, David Duval, Jerry Pate, Notah Begay, Nicholas Thompson and this past years champion Chris Kirk. Florida State has had seven golfers participate in the illustrious history.
Florida State opens its spring season at the Gator Invitational on Feb. 9-10 in Gainesville, Fla.
Golf World / Nike Division I Men's Golf Coaches Poll November 7, 2007 Rank Team (FPV) Points Last Poll 1. Georgia (11) 580 5 2. Charlotte (7) 575 1 3. Alabama (3) 555 2 4. UCLA (3) 510 11 5. Georgia Tech 488 4 6. Oklahoma State 480 3 7. Southern California 454 6 8. Stanford 389 9 9. Duke 377 13 10. Florida 328 10 11. Florida State 302 7 12. Clemson 293 18 13. Auburn 252 12 14. Chattanooga 237 16 15. South Carolina 222 8 16. Michigan State 221 17 17. Wake Forest 206 14 18. Pepperdine 184 24 19. Texas Tech 183 21 20. Penn State 140 20 21. Lamar 101 19 22. Indiana 100 NR 23. Tennessee 81 25 Virginia Tech 81 NR 25. North Carolina 61 NR