July 14, 2006
BREMERTON, Wash. –
Florida State University men’s golfer Matt Savage earned his best career finish in a U.S.G.A event as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Men’s Golf Championship before falling in match play only two wins from competing for the tournament championship. Savage fell, 4 and 3, to Kevin Larsen of Santa Barbara, Calif.
The event is being played at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The semifinals will be contested Friday afternoon with the two remaining golfers playing 36 holes on Saturday for the tournament championship. Among the riches going to the tournament champion is an invitation to play in the 2007 Master’s Championship at Augusta if he is still an amateur player at the time.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) advanced to the quarterfinals with two victories in match play competition on Thursday. He defeated Zack Byrd (Calabash, N.C.) in a tense 20-hole match in the second round and bested Derek Berg (Duvall, Wash.) 2 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Savage is playing in his fourth career USGA event which includes two Amateur Public Links and two U.S. Junior Amateur events. He advanced to the third round of the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the second round of the 2003 U.S. Junior Am. Savage was honored with the 2006 AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award.
Savage helped lead Florida State to a 14th place finish in the NCAA East Regional Championship at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., during his freshman season. He earned four career top-20 finishes including his career-best top-10 finish at the Linger Longer Invitational during the spring of 2006. Savage’s career-best single-round score of 65 came in the third round of the NCAA East Regional. He ranked second on the team with a 73.76 stroke average in 33 rounds during 11 tournaments as a freshman.