Oct. 18, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 6 ranked Florida State men’s golf team, which has spent the last three weeks in the top-10 of the national rankings, faces its toughest competition of the season as they travel to play in the Fourth Annual Isleworth UCF Collegiate Invitational Oct. 21-23 at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla. The Seminoles finished in a tie for eighth place in the individual standings while senior All-America Jonas Blixt finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings in last year’s Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. The 2007 Isleworth Field is made up of 10 of the top 30 teams in the nation. Florida State has earned three top-seven finishes in its first three events of the fall season.
THE 2007 ISLEWORTH INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
No. 6 Florida State is joined by No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Southern California, No. 8 Stanford, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 19 Texas Tech, No. 20 South Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State UCF, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Illinois, Kentucky and Texas in the Fourth Annual Isleworth UCF Collegiate Invitational. The event will be played on the 7,544-yard, Par 72 course at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club. The course was originally designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay with a re-design by Steve Smyers in 2003. Texas comes into the event as the defending team champion and Brian Harman of Georgia, who is scheduled to play in this year’s event, is the defending individual champion.
RANKING THE SEMINOLES
Florida State is ranked No. 6 in the GolfStat Head-to-Head standings and No. 7 in the Golf World Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll. The Seminoles are ranked in the top 10 of the GolfStat poll for the third consecutive week – they were ranked No. 5 during the week of Oct. 3 – their highest ranking of the season. Florida State’s senior All-America Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) is the 12th ranked while junior All-America Matthew Savage (Louisville, Ky.) is ranked 26th in the individual rankings by GolfWeek.
ALL-AMERICA Jonas Blixt BY THE NUMBERS
Senior All-America Jonas Blixt is enjoying the best season of his collegiate career this fall. He is averaging a career-low 71.00 stokes and has carded five of his nine rounds below par including a season-low 67 in the first round of the Inverness Intercollegiate on Sept. 10. He has earned three consecutive top-five individual finishes – tied for first at the Inverness Intercollegiate, fifth at the PINK/GolfWeek Preview and tied for fourth at the Fighting Illini Invitational – and is a cumulative total of minus-one under par for the first three events of the fall season. Blixt has been on a tear since winning the 2007 ACC Championship and is a total of 11 strokes under par in his last seven events. He has finished over par only once in his last seven outings – he finished with a two-over par 282 on the par 70 Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., in the 2007 NCAA Championship finals.
All-AMERICA SAVAGE ON A TOP-FIVE TEAR OF HIS OWN
Junior All-America Matt Savage, who has finished in the top-five in the individual standings in two of the Seminoles’ three events this fall, is averaging a career-low 71.78 strokes this fall. He finished in a tie for fifth at the Inverness Intercollegiate and in sole possession of fifth at the Fighting Illini Invitational. Savage has made it a habit of earning top individual finishes with six top-10 placings in the Seminoles’ last 11 events during the spring 2007 and fall 2007 seasons. Savage is a total of seven strokes over par in three events this fall.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2007) Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Jonas Blixt 3 9 5 8 67 639 71.00 Matt Savage 3 9 5 8 66 646 71.78 Drew Kittleson 3 7 0 4 74 523 74.71 Seath Lauer 3 9 1 5 71 679 75.44 Tommy Rymer 2 6 1 1 70 454 75.67 Song Jeon 1 3 0 1 72 225 75.00