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Freshmen Lead Seminole Men’s Golf Team To Third Place Finish At Gator Invitational

Feb. 6, 2005




Gainesville, Fla. –
Florida State freshman Jonas Blixt earned medalist honors for the first time in his career and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in third place in the team standings at the 27th annual Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course. Blixt shot a career-best 68 in the final round to gain the first individual win by a Florida State golfer since the spring 2001 season.

Florida defended its title in the event – winning the team title by eight strokes over Wake Forest and by ten over the Seminoles. The Gators overcame a one-stroke deficit to No. 6 Wake Forest to claim their 19th Gator Invitational crown in the tournament’s 28-year history. Blixt also overcame a deficit of one stroke to beat a trio of golfers by two strokes in the final standings. A second Seminoles freshman – Song Jeon – earned the best finish of his career as he finished in a tied for fifth place in the individual standings with a final round score of 69 and a tournament total of a career-best 212.

The individual victory by Blixt marked the first win by a Seminole golfer since Mark Donaldson earned individual medalist honors at the Cavalier Classic during the spring 2001 season. The Seminoles’ team finish was also the best since a third place finish at the same Cavalier Classic.

“I feel that our team has been getting better,” said second-year head coach Trey Jones. “Our freshmen have settled into school and have adjusted to life as college students. There are not too many freshmen that have gone to the Gator and earned medalist honors. To have two players finish in the top five is very promising and really shows how hard our players have been working to prepare themselves for this season.”

Blixt (Nassjo, Sweden) averaged 69.67 strokes during the three-round tournament and finished at par or better in two of the three rounds. Blixt established personal best scores for a single-round (68), 36-holes (141), tournament (209) and finish (first).

Jeon (Seoul, Korea) earned his first career-top-five finish as he, too, rewrote his personal record book. He set personal standards for single round score (69 in round three), 36-hole scored (143), tournament score (212) and individual finish (tied for fifth). Jeon’s previous best score for a single round was 75, his previous best tournament score was a 232 and his previous best individual finish of tied for 62nd-place all came during the fall 2004 season.

Junior Adam Wallace finished well as he carded a 73 in the final round to finish in 37th place. His finished marked the fourth top-40 finish of his career. Freshman Tommy Rymer finished in 43rd place in his first tournament as a Seminole and senior Mark Sestilio finished in 53rd place.

The Seminoles continue their spring schedule as they play at the Mercedes Benz Intercollegiate Feb. 21-22 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gator Invitational/University Florida Golf Course/Feb. 5-6, 2005
Gainesville, Fla./Par 70/Final FSU Results

3/15 Florida State 291 292 285 868
1. Jonas Blixt 71 70 68 209
T5. Song Jeon 71 72 69 212
37. Adam Wallace 75 75 73 223
43. Tommy Rymer 74 76 75 225
53. Mark Sestilio 75 75 78 228

Gator Invitational/University Florida Golf Course/Feb. 5-6, 2005
Gainesville, Fla./Par 70/Final Team Results

1. Florida 858 9. Georgia Southern 881
2. Wake Forest 866 10. Purdue 882
3. Florida State 868 11. Tennessee 886
4. South Carolina 869 12. Ohio State 900
5. UCF 876 13. North Florida 906
6. Georgia State 877 14. Kentucky 908
7. UAB 878 15. College of Charleston 910
8. Louisiana State 879

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