June 22, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Song Jeon, a sophomore on the Florida State men’s golf team, and Matthew Savage, an incoming freshman for the Seminoles, will play in the 2005 United States Amateur Public Links Championship at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio, July 11-16. Jeon was the top qualifier at the Championship Club of Julington Creek in Jacksonville while Savage qualified second at the Hueston Woods State Park Golf Course in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jeon, who played in the 2003 U.S. Amateur, and Savage, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Florida State, will compete in the event for the first time during their careers. Jeon finished with a two-round total of 142 at the 2003 U.S. Amateur.
Jeon (Seoul, South Korea/St. John’s Lutheran) was one of the Seminoles’ top golfers during the 2004-05 season. He earned his first career top-five placement as he finished in a tie for fifth place at the Gator Invitational during the spring of 2005. He enjoyed 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). He was Florida State’s top finisher at the 2005 ACC Championship and averaged 75.09 strokes in 23 rounds during eight tournaments as a freshman.
Savage (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), the 2004 Kentucky High School Boy’s State Champion, is the No. 1 ranked junior in the state of Kentucky and won that state’s Mr. Golf Award in 2004. He has shot his career-best single round score of 66 twice – one of which was a course record at the 2003 United States Junior Championship. Savage earned the AJGA Sportsmanship Award in 2004.
The Amateur Public Links Championship is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateur players. This year’s event will be the 80th in the history of the event. The winner of the event earns an automatic exemption into the 2005 Masters Championship at Augusta.