Feb. 9, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
Led by senior All-American Jonas Blixt, who is in second place in the individual standings, the Florida State men’s golf team is in second place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the SunTrust Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course. Blixt is only one stroke behind the overall leader – Andrew Loupe of Louisiana State – while the Seminoles are 12 strokes behind the overall team leader.
The Seminoles are ranked No. 13 in the current team rankings by GolfWeek Magazine and No. 15 by GolfStat. The Seminoles are the second-highest ranking team in the field of 14 and are currently 16 strokes ahead of No. 9 ranked Duke. Blixt entered the event as the No. 8 ranked collegiate men’s player by GolfStat.
“Overall, I am pleased with the focus and effort of our players today,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “We had five of the eight countable scores in the 60’s so we are close to putting up a low number.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) shot back-to-back rounds of 67 and has a two-round total of 134. His scores of 67 were only two off of his career best single-round score of 65 which he carded in the third round of the 2007 ACC Championship. Blixt won that event in becoming the first Seminole golfer to win the ACC individual championship.
Blixt has put himself into position to earn the fifth individual title of his career. He most recently earned medalist honors at the fall 2007 Inverness Intercollegiate. Blixt gained his first career victory as he earned medalist honors at the 2005 Gator Invitational.
“Jonas did not hit the ball well today, but he managed his game well and took advantage of the par fives,” said Jones. Matt finished strong in the first round with three straight birdies.”
Seminole teammates Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz) and Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) are tied for 21st place in the individual standings with identical scores of 140. Both players carded first round scores of 72 and finished their days with two-under par scores of 68. Kittleson and Lauer are within three strokes of moving into the top 10 of the individual standings.
“It took Drew and Seath a while to get going but I was proud that they bounced back with 68’s in the second round.”
Junior All-American Matt Savage is in a tie for 31st place in the individual standings as he finished his day with a two-round score of 142. He carded a three-under par score of 67 in the first round. Junior Nicholas Smith was very consistent during the first day with scores of 72 and 73. Sophomore Cameron Knight, who is competing as an individual, carded a 73 in the second round. He is competing in his first event of the year.
Florida State finished in second place in the team standings at the Gator Invitational and is looking to win the second event in the last five seasons under Jones.
“We will need for all five guys to play a great round on Sunday to make up 12 shots on Florida on its home course,” said Jones. “Either way, I expect our guys to go out, stick to their game plans and control what they can control.”
SunTrust Gator Invitational/Par 70/First 2 Round Results University of Florida Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./Feb. 9-10, 2008 2/14 Florida State 278 276 554 2. Jonas Blixt 67 67 134 T21 Drew Kittleson 72 68 140 T21 Seath Lauer 72 68 140 T31 Matt Savage 67 75 142 T49 Nicholas Smith 72 73 145 T63 Cameron Knight 76 73 149 * * playing as an individual
SunTrust Gator Invitational/Par 70/First 2 Round Results University of Florida Golf Course/Gainesville, Fla./Feb. 9-10, 2008 1. Florida 542 T8. Wake Forest 566 2. Florida State 554 T8. Coastal Carolina 566 3. UAB 556 10. Georgia Southern 569 4. Ole Miss 561 T11. Duke 570 5. Louisiana State 562 T11. North Florida 570 6. Mississippi State 563 13. Georgia State 580 7. South Alabama 565 14. South Florida 585