June 4, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University senior golfer Jonas Blixt, who led the Seminoles to a No. 7 national ranking by Golf World Magazine, has earned PING All-America First-Team honors as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It marks the second consecutive season Blixt has earned All-American honors; he was an All-America Second-Team selection as a junior in 2007.
He is the first Florida State golfer to earn All-America honors twice in his career since Christian Raynor was a first-team selection in 1995 and a second team selection in 1994. He is only the third player in school history to earn All-America first and second team honors during his career. He joins Raynor and the famed Nolan Henke who was an All-America First-Team selection in 1987 and an All-America Second-Team selection in 1985 and 1986.
“It’s great to be named All-America because it’s a great thing for the Florida State program,” said Blixt. “I am happy for our team because it takes five good players in every tournament to be successful enough to have even one player be an All-American. It’s a very special honor and one that I am very proud to earn. There are more All-Americans to come from Florida State every year because Coach (Trey) Jones has developed this team into one of the top programs in all of college golf. ”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) recently completed his Seminole career as one of the most decorated players in school history. In addition to being a two-time All-America he earned All-ACC honors twice (2007 and 2008), won the ACC Individual Championship in 2007 (the first golfer in Florida State history to earn medalist honors at the ACC Championship) and led the Seminoles to the first ever ACC title in the sport of golf in 2008. He was a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus, the Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson Awards as the nation’s top male collegiate golfer during his senior season.
During his career he led the Seminoles to the 2007 NCAA Championship finals, three NCAA regional championship appearances and to the 2008 ACC Championship. The Seminoles’ appearance in the 2007 NCAA Championship finals marked the first time since 1996 that Florida State had qualified for the finals while the Seminoles’ three appearances in regional championship competition marked the first time since the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons that they had made three consecutive regional championship appearances.
Blixt led Florida State to three team championships during his senior season – the Inverness Intercollegiate in the fall and the Seminole Intercollegiate and the ACC Championship in the spring. Florida State’s victory at the Inverness Intercollegiate was Florida State’s first team championship since the 1998 season and the three team wins for the Seminoles in 2007-08 marked the first time since the 1994-95 fall and spring seasons that they had won at least three tournaments in a single year.
His career-low single-round score of 65 came in the third round of the 2007 ACC Championship to help him earn medalist honors in the top conference championship in the nation. Including the 2007 ACC individual championship, he earned medalist honors four times during his career – at the Gator Invitational during the spring of 2005, the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate during the fall of 2006, at the ACC Championship during the spring of 2007 and in leading the Seminoles to the team championship at the Inverness Intercollegiate in the fall of 2007. Blixt earned 15 career-top-10 finishes including a career-high seven during his junior season and six during his senior season
Blixt averaged 72.75 strokes in 135 rounds in 45 tournaments during his remarkable Seminole career.