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Newcomer Blixt Leads Seminoles At Bank Of Tennessee Intercollegiate

Sept. 12, 2004




JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. –
Florida State University freshman Jonas Blixt shot a three-over par 75 in Sunday’s final round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges Golf and Country Club and finished in a tie for 35th place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles in their first event of the fall season. Playing in his first collegiate event Blixt finished six-over par to lead the quintet of Seminoles in the event with a three-over par score of 222.

Tennessee won the team title as the Vols carded the best single-round team score — an eight-under par 280 – of the tournament in the final round to beat TCU by four strokes. The Vols are ranked No. 30 in the preseason poll by Golfweek Magazine. Clemson, ranked second in the nation, finished in third in the team standings seven strokes behind Tennessee and four behind TCU. Phillip Pettitt of Tennessee won the individual title with an eight-under par score of 208 for the three-round event. Florida State finished 15th in the team standings.

Blixt (Nassjo, Sweden) played well in his first event as a Seminole with a three-over par 75 in the final round. He again played very consistently as he finished 13 of the 18 holes during the round at par or better. He birdied two holes and was in contention to shoot an even par score before carding bogies on three of the final four holes of the day. Still, he played the final two rounds at one over par after carding a two-under par 70 in the second round.

Sophomore Bradley Ruch (Louisville, Ky.) enjoyed the best round of the third day for the Seminoles as he carded a two-under par 70. Ruch came within one stroke of tying his career-best single round score – a 69 in the second round of the spring 2004 Atlanta Intercollegiate. Ruch played the final 36 holes of the event in one-under par total of 143.

Junior Adam Wallace (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) finished tied for 50th in the individual standings after tying his career-best effort over 36 holes (145) during the first two days of the tournament. Senior Matt Adcock (Apopka, Fla.) finished tied for 59th and senior Mark Sestilio (Punta Gorda, Fla.) finished in 79th place.

Florida State continues its four-event fall schedule at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Nashville Sept. 27-28.

Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges/Sept. 11-12, 2004/Par 72
The Ridges Golf and Country Club/Jonesborough, Tenn. (final results)

T15/15 Florida State 304 286 301 891
T35 Jonas Blixt 77 70 75 222
T42 Bradley Ruch 80 73 70 223
T50 Adam Wallace 72 73 79 224
T59 Matt Adcock 75 70 81 226
79 Mark Sestilio 85 79 77 241

Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges/Sept. 11-12, 2004/Par 72
The Ridges Golf and Country Club/Jonesborough, Tenn. (final results)

1. Tennessee 854 9. Virginia 880
2. TCU 857 10. North Carolina 883
3. Clemson 861 Duke 883
4. Oklahoma 870 12. Kansas 884
5. Wake Forest 871 13. Virginia Tech 885
6. Louisiana State 873 E. Tennessee St. 885
7. South Carolina 879 15. Florida State 891
Alabama 879
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