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