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Savage And Smith Lead Seminole Men’s Golf Team At NCAA East Regional Championship

May 18, 2006




ORLANDO, Fla. –
A pair of freshmen – Matt Savage and Nicholas Smith – have led the Florida State men’s golf team into an 18th place positioning in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA East Regional Men’s Golf Championship at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Savage and Smith, who are considered to be two of the brightest stars playing in this event, carded identical scores of two-over par 74 and are tied for 39th in the individual standings.

No. 1 Georgia holds a one stroke lead over No. 16 Wake Forest in the team standings after the first 18 holes. The top five teams are all within five strokes of Georgia while the top 10 teams are within 13 strokes of the top spot. Jonathan Jackson of North Carolina is the first round clubhouse leader after carding a six-under par score of 66. He is followed by Brendon Todd of Georgia who carded a five-under par 67. The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on one of the qualifying teams will advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament May 31-June 3.

Savage (Louisville, Ky.) cruised through the first 16 holes of the afternoon before running into trouble on hole No. 17. He got himself through the first 16 holes with two birdies, 13 pars and only one bogie and was at one-under par. Savage ran into trouble with a double-bogie five on the par three 17th and a bogie five on the par four 18th and finished with a two-over par 74. He is playing well of late with a -1 cumulative total in his last seven rounds dating back to a five-under par 67 in the first round of the ACC Championship on April 21.

Smith (Ocala, Fla.) earned much of the same fate as Savage as he, too, was one-under par through the first 16 holes of the round. He had totaled three birdies, 11 pars and only two bogies and was sitting a one-under heading for the par three 17th and par four 18th. Unfortunately for Smith, he played those two holes at three-over to finish the round with a two-over par 74. He is also playing well recently and is a cumulative total of only eight over par in his last four rounds including a three-under par 69 in the first round of the Linger Longer Invitational earlier this week.

Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) also played well for the Seminoles and finds himself tied for 53rd place with a three-over par score of 75. He was two over on the front nine and only one over on the back nine in carding his team-leading 17th round with a score at 75 or less in 34 rounds this spring. Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) carded a 79 while sophomore Song Jeon finished with an uncharacteristic 84.

Florida State is playing in its first NCAA Regional Championship since 1998.

2006 NCAA East Regional Championship/May 18-20, 2006/Par 72
Lake Nona Golf and Country Club/Orlando, Fla./First Round Florida State Results
18/27.   Florida State        302
T39.     Matt Savage          74
T39.     Nicholas Smith       74
T53.     Jonas Blixt          75
T109.    Torstein Nevestad    79
134.     Song Jeon            84

2006 NCAA East Regional Championship/May 18-20, 2006/Par 72
Lake Nona Golf and Country Club/Orlando, Fla./First Round Team Results
1.    Georgia              284   T14.   Indiana               299
2.    Wake Forest          285   16.    Notre Dame            300
3.    UNLV                 287   17.    Coastal Carolina      301
4.    Rhode Island         288   18.    Florida State         302
5.    Texas Tech           289   19.    South Carolina        304
6.    UCLA                 292   20.    Maryland              305
7.    North Carolina       294   21.    George Washington     307
8.    Georgia Southern     295   22.    Richmond              309
9.    Auburn               296   23.    Tennessee             310
10.   Jacksonville         297   T24.   Liberty               311
T11.  Southern Cal         298   T24.   Wichita State         311
T11.  Georgia State        298   26.    Binghamton            312
T11.  Western Illinois     298   27.    Army                  314
T14.  Charlotte            299

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