May 25, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With four top-10 finishes during its five-tournament spring schedule, the Florida State men’s golf team continued to display its promise as one of the nation’s most rapidly improving programs. The Seminoles finished in third place at the spring 2005 Gator Invitational — the best team finish for the program since the Cavalier Classic during the spring 2001 season. Freshman Jonas Blixt earned individual medalist honors at the Gator Invitational making him the first Seminole player to win the individual competition at a tournament since the same 2001 Cavalier Classic. In addition to their third place finish at the Gator Invitational, the Seminoles finished fourth at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, sixth at the Seminole Intercollegiate, seventh at the ACC Championship and eighth at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate. Including the individual victory by Blixt at the Gator Invitational, three different Seminoles earned top-10 individual finishes during the season. Blixt was joined by seniors Matt Adcock and Rusty Mosley who finished in a tie for ninth at the Mason Rudolph.
TRIO OF NEWCOMERS LEAD FLORIDA STATE IN 2005
Florida State was led by a par if freshmen – Jonas Blixt (Nassjo, Sweden) and Song Jeon (Ocala, Fla.)) – and a sophomore transfer – Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) – during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons. Blixt led the Seminoles with a 74.03 stroke average while Jeon ranked third on the team with a 75.09 mark. Nevestad, who joined the team in January, finished second on the team with a 74.37 mark. Blixt and Jeon have three years of eligibility remaining while Torstein has two years left in his collegiate career at Florida State.
SENIOR CLASS PLAYS WELL IN FINAL YEAR
Florida State’s departing seniors – Matt Adcock, Alan Beers, Rusty Mosley and Mark Sestilio – all played well during their final year on the golf course for the Seminoles. Adcock (Apopka, Fla.) finished his career as the Seminoles’ fifth leading golfer with a 75.67 stroke average in six events during the final year of his career. Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.) who earned his way into the fourth ACC Championship of his career during the spring season, finished the year with a 75.85 stroke average while Sestilio (Punta Gorda, Fla.) played in three events and earned a 79.33 stroke average. Beers (Warner Robins, Ga.) played in 21 tournaments during his three-year varsity career with the Seminoles. The Seminoles’ senior class helped the team earn 27 top-10 team finishes including three third place finishes at the fall 2003 Landfall Tradition (tied for 3rd), the spring 2004 Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate (third) and the spring 2005 Gator Invitational (third).
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State finished the 2004-05 season ranked 71st nationally in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance ratings Index;
…The Seminoles played the 16th toughest schedule in the nation according to the Sagarin Rankings. It marked the second consecutive season the Seminoles have played a schedule ranked as one of the 35 toughest in the nation;
…Freshman Jonas Blixt missed only one tournament during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons and finished with a team-leading 74.03 stroke average. He was in the Seminoles’ lineup for every event but the Carpet Capital Collegiate which closed out the fall 2004 season.
…Florida State’s pair of freshmen – Jonas Blixt and Song Jeon – ranked in the nation’s top 20 in terms of freshman of impact. The pair combined to average 74.56 strokes in 52 rounds during 18 total events played.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2004/SPRING 2005 COMBINED)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jonas Blixt 10 29 5 19 68 2,147 74.03
Torstein Nevestad 4 11 1 7 71 817 74.27
Song Jeon 8 23 2 12 69 1,727 75.09
Bradley Ruch 8 24 2 11 68 1,811 75.46
Matt Adcock 6 18 3 10 69 1,362 75.67
Rusty Mosley 7 20 2 9 70 1,517 75.85
Tommy Rymer 3 9 0 2 69 690 76.67
Jacob Davis 5 14 3 6 71 1,085 77.50
Adam Wallace 3 9 1 3 72 709 78.78
Mark Sestilio 3 9 0 2 70 714 79.33
SEMINOLES’ TOP FINISH COMES AT THE GATOR
Seminole 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. 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.
BLIXT LEADS SEMINOLES IN 2004-05
Freshman Jonas Blixt, Florida State’s top golfer during the 2004-05 season, was a top candidate for ACC Freshmen of the Year honors in 2005. He earned his first career victory at the spring 2005 Gator Invitational and with continued improvement will compete as one of the ACC’s top golfers during the remainder of his career in Tallahassee. Blixt was Florida State’s stroke leader for the fall 2004 and spring 2005 seasons combined with a 74.03 mark. He led Florida State in most statistical categories including tournaments played (10 of 11), rounds played (29), scores at par or better (six), scores in the 60’s (two), low single round score (68), low tournament score (209) and number of individual victories (one)…also led the team with 24.67 countable rounds during the first year of his career. Blixt finished as the Seminoles’ top golfer in five of the 10 events he participated in as a freshman.
JEON A TOP SEMINOLE IN HIS FRESHMAN SEASON
Freshman Song Jeon played in eight of the Seminoles 10 tournaments and finished with a 74.11stroke average during the spring season. He earned his first career top-five finish as he finished in a tie for fifth place at the Gator Invitational during the spring of 2005 and was one of two Seminole freshmen – also Jonas Blixt who earned medalist honors in the event – to finish in the top five and lead Florida State to a third place finish in the team standings. Jeon’s top career outing came at the Gator with personal bests for finish (tied for fifth), low single-round score (69), low 36-hole score (143), best tournament score (212) and best tournament score vs. par (+2). Amongst his teammates, Jeon finished among the team leaders in stroke average (third, 75.09), tournaments played (tied for second, eight), rounds played (third, 23) and low single-round score (69, tied for second).
NEVESTAD MAKES SPALSH AS A TRANSFER PLAYER
Sophomore Torstein Nevestad became a Seminole after transferring from Florida Atlantic and enrolling at Florida State during the spring 2005 semester. He competed in four events, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, during his first semester in Tallahassee. Nevestad ranked among the team leaders in stroke average (fourth, 74.36, tournaments played (third, four), rounds played (third, 11) and with scores a 75 or below (third, seven) during the spring of 2005. He was the Seminoles’ top finisher with a tied for 12th place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate and finished in the teams’ top three in each of the four events he competed in. His 219 tournament total at the Seminole Intercollegiate was the third best tournament score for the Seminoles during the spring while his best round of the season came in the first round of the Seminole when he carded a one-under par 71.
RUCH CONTINUES TO BE A STEADY PLAYER FOR FSU
Sophomore Bradley Ruch continued to display his potential for continued career success during his sophomore season. The best tournament of his first two years as a Seminoles came at the fall 2004 Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate as he finished with a 214 score for the three rounds which included a career-low tying two-under par 69 in the first round. Ruch also carded an even-par 71 in the third round of the event to finish in a tie for 21st place. He earned the second of two career top-15 career finishes at the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate during the spring of 2005.
DAVIS PLAYS WELL IN FIRST SEASON AT FSU
Junior Jacob Davis (DeLand, Fla.) played well during his first year at the Division I level after transferring from Brervard Community College. He played four of his five rounds at par or better (.800 percent) and earned his first two top-25 finishes at the Division I level during the spring 2005 season. Davis finished in a tie for 15th at the Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by Florida State and in a tie for 25th at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate hosted by NC State.
LOOKING BACK AT THE CAREERS OF…
…Matt Adcock was Florida State’s team captain during his junior and senior seasons and earned his degree in mechanical engineering while competing for the Seminoles for four years. He earned Academic All-America Honors by the National Golf Coaches’ Association in 2004 and was a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Adcock led the Seminoles in stroke average three times – during the fall of 2002, the spring of 2003 and the fall of 2003;
average, with a 72.17 average during the fall of 2002 and with a 73.50 during the fall of 2003. Adcock averaged 75.01 strokes in 84 rounds in 29 tournaments during his four-year varsity letter winning career at Florida State;
…Alan Beers earned four varsity letters and earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management during his athletic and academic career at Florida State. He carded his career-low single-round score of 68 in the third round of the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate during the spring of 2002 and carded six single-round scores of 71 or better during his career. Beers earned his career-best tournament score with a 218 at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate during the spring of 2004 and earned his best career finish of tied for 15th and his best tournament score vs. par (+2) at the Hitchcock. Beers earned two top-25 finishes – one at the spring 2004 Hitchcock and one at the spring 2004 ACC Championship. Beers played in 21 tournaments during his Seminole career and earned a 75.47 average in 62 rounds.
…Rusty Mosley was a four-year starter for the Seminoles who played in 36 tournaments during his collegiate career in Tallahassee. He earned his top career individual finish as earned a tied for ninth placing at the fall 2004 Mason Rudolph Collegiate Classic and carded his low of 67 in the first round of the spring 2004 Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. Mosley carded his career-best 54-hole tournament score of 211 at the fall 2003 Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship and earned five career top 15 finishes. Mosley averaged 74.90 strokes in 102 rounds in 36 tournaments during his four-year varsity career;
…Mark Sestilio earned three letters as a member of the varsity golf team and earned his degree in social sciences during the spring of 2005. He was a regular in the Seminoles’ starting line-up during his career and played in a career-high seven events during the 2003-04 season. He earned his career-best career finish of tied for 10th place at the fall 2003 Kiawah Island Intercollegiate and enjoyed a strong outing at the spring 2003 Seminole Intercollegiate as he established personal best for low round (70) and low tournament score (218). Sestilio averaged 76.60 strokes in 45 rounds during 16 tournaments during his three-year career.