July 17, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State’s golfers – past and present – have been busy and successful during the first half of the summer of 2007. From Kristin Tamulis’s (2000-03) performance in the U.S. Women’s Open to Song Jeon’s (2005-Pr.) performance at the Florida Amateur, the Seminoles are wearing their garnet and gold and flying the Seminole symbol proudly around the country.
WESTRUP LEADS SWEDEN AT EUROPEAN LADIES TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior All-American Caroline Westrup led Sweden to a second-place finish at the European Ladies Team Championship at the Castelconturbia Golf Club in Italy. The event featured 16 of the Europe’s top ladies teams and was contested July 10-14. The Swedish team, the No. 2 seed team in the tournament, fell in the finals of the event to Spain, the No. 1 seeded team in the event. In match play, Westrup led Sweden past Finland, 6-1, in the first round and England, 4-3, in the second round. Spain won the team championship with a 5.5-1.5 victory over Sweden in the championship match. Westrup was victorious in the foursome competition but lost her single match to Carlota Ciganda of Spain during the championship match. The two-time Seminole All-American shot back-to-back rounds of 74 in stroke play to help Sweden earn the No. 2 seed heading into match play.
BLIXT HELPS SWEDEN TO SEVENTH PLACE FINISH AT EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Florida State University junior golfer Jonas Blixt helped lead Sweden to a seventh place finish at the recent European Amateur Team Championships at the Western Gailes Golf Club. Blixt’s stroke play helped Sweden earn a berth in the tournament’s No. 1 flight which allowed it to compete for the team championship in the event. His victory in the second round of match play then helped Sweden finish seventh in the 20-team event. The event took place July 3-7, 2007.
BLIXT NAMED TO GCAA SCHOLAR ATHLETE TEAM
Junior Jonas Blixt was been named to the Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Athlete Team by the Golf Coaches’ Association of America for his outstanding work in the classroom. It marks the second consecutive season Blixt has earned All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Blixt, a multi-national business operations major, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second-Team in 2007 and has been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in his first two seasons as a Seminole.
TRIO OF WOMEN’S GOLFERS NAMED TO NGCA SCHOLAR ATHLETE TEAM
Florida State University golfers Whitney Brummett, Jaclyn Burch and Caroline Westrup, who helped lead the Seminoles to its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA East Regional Championship in 2007, have been named to the National Golf Coaches’ Association Scholar Athlete Team. It marks the third consecutive year Brummett has been named to the team, the second consecutive year for Burch and the first year Westrup has earned the academic honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% (Division I) of the school’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
TAMULIS PLAYS WELL AT U.S. OPEN
Seminole All-American Kris Tamulis finished in a tie for 35th place and earned $17,648 at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C. Tamulis was eight-over for her final two rounds after being near the leaders following her second round. It was her second-highest finish in a major; she tied for 29th at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in 2006. It was her sixth-highest finish in a professional tournament. At one-over 143 after her first two rounds, she was one stroke behind In-Bee Park, the clubhouse leader after playing 36 holes. The second round was delayed by rain and not completed until the third morning of the four day event.
KNIGHT PLAYING WELL AND FINISHING IN THE TOP 10
So far this summer Cameron Knight has placed tied for fifth (71-70-72-71=284) at the Florida State Amateur at the Innisbrook Resort and Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla. and tied for sixth (71-67-70-71=279) at the Rice Planters Amateur in Charleston, S.C. in competition so far this summer. Knight finished four shots behind the individual winner at the Florida State Amateur and three stroke behind the medalist a t the Rice Planters Amateur.
JEON FINISHES IN SECOND AT THE FLORIDA STATE AMATEUR
Senior Song Jeon placed second in the Florida State Amateur two-under par 282. Jeon recorded a 76 in the first round and then moved ahead with rounds of 67-70. In the final round, Jeon started with a birdie on one and finished the front nine with a birdie on nine. With another birdie on the 13th hole, Jeon closed the gap to two and finished with a two-under par 69 in the fourth round. He finished two strokes behind the individual champion who shot 69-70-70-71=280 for the event.
SAVAGE AND KNIGHT ADVANCE THROUGH U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS
Junior Matt Savage and sophomore Cameron Knight both advanced to match play at the US Amateur Public Links Championship at Cantigny Golf Club in the Chicago, Ill. Savage advanced through stroke play before falling in his first round of match play, 3 and 2, to Jesse Speirs. Knight also advanced through stroke play before losing in his second round of match play, 6 and 5, to Robert Rohanna.
FORMER SEMINOLE RAYNOR ALSO PLAYS WELL IN U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS
Christian Raynor, who earned All-America First-Team honors at Florida State in 1995, advanced to the third round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. He advanced through stroke play with scores of 73-75 to finish in a tie for 25th place among the 152 golfers in the event. Raynor then won his first two match play competitions before losing in the third round to Robert Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa. Raynor made his way into the tournament and he earned the final qualifying spot by outlasting reigning Georgia Public Links Champion Mark Sweeney of Loganville in a playoff in a qualifier at the Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton, Ga. Raynor scored par on the first playoff hole, knocking Sweeney into the first alternate position.
SEMINOLE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF SCEDULES RELEASED
The Florida State men’s golf team will play in 11 regular season events including the Ping Preview at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course at Purdue University and the Calloway Collegiate Golf Match Play Championships and the Seminole women will play in nine regular season events including the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico as the schedules for both teams were released earlier this week. Both schedules can be found on the respective men’s and women’s golf pages on seminoles.com.
SEMINOLES’ JONES NAMED TO NATIONAL BOARD
Seminole men’s golf coach Trey Jones has been named to the national advisory board of the Golf Coaches’ Association of America. He will serve on the board as the Division I Director for the East Region. The Golf Coaches Association of America is the professional association of men’s golf coaches. Established in 1958, the non-profit organization is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing its members who participate in men’s golf at all levels. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men’s golf.