Feb. 17, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, currently ranked 45th by Golf Week Magazine, heads down to Gainesville Feb. 18-19 to open their spring schedule as they play in the 2006 Gator Invitational. During the Fall campaign, Florida State finished in the top 10 in all four of their tournaments, with their best finish -third place – coming at the at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions. The Seminoles have historically played well at the Gator Invitational as they earned the team title in 1981. Since an 11th place finish in 2002, the Seminoles have steadily risen every year, from 10th place in 2003, to seventh in 2004, to last year’s third place finish. Florida State was led by Jonas Blixt’s first career first place finish in the individual standings and Song Jeon’s first career top-five finish. The Seminoles were one of only three schools to have two players finish in the top 10 last year.
THE GATOR INVITATIONAL FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 8 Georgia State, No. 9 Tennessee, No.11 Kentucky, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 21 South Carolina, No. 34 Alabama, No. 41 Purdue, No.49 UAB, No. 50 LSU, North Florida, Ohio State, Georgia Southern and Central Florida all in the 2006 Gator Invitational. The University of Florida will host the event at The University of Florida Golf Club. The course, recently renovated in 2001, is Par 70 and is roughly 6,700 yards, and was renovated by Jacksonville-based architect Bobby Weed.
BLIXT LOOKS TO TAME THE GATOR — AGAIN
Jonas Blixt earned his first career first place finish honors at the Gator Invitational in 2005, winning with a 1-under par score of 209. He was the first Seminole to take an individual victory since spring 2001, when Mark Donaldson earned medalist honors in the Cavalier Classic. The Fall stroke-average leader for the Seminoles with 73.00, he is expected to lead the Seminoles to another strong finish at the Gator Invitational. Last year, his career-low 68 that came during the third round of the Gator not only clinched his two-stroke victory, but was the lowest round of the tournament. Blixt placed in the top 35 in all four tournaments he played in during the Fall 2005 season, with his best finish coming at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Invitational, where he finished tied for 20th place. Blixt has never finished out of the top 50 in any tournament he has played in since coming to Florida State. His 22nd place finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate led the Seminoles led the Seminoles last fall to a 10th place team in the event.
JONES SETS LINEUP FOR SPRING OPENING GATOR INVITATIONAL
Third-year Seminole Head Coach Trey Jones will start a pair of juniors: Torstein Nevestad and Bradley Ruch; a sophomore: Jonas Blixt and a pair of freshman: Matt Savage and Nicholas Smith as Florida State’s starting lineup at the Gator Invitational. Another sophomore, Tommy Rymer, will play as an individual and not count toward the Seminoles’ team score in the event.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2005 FALL SEASON
Sophomore Jonas Blixt led the Seminoles in a number of different categories during the fall season including stroke average (73.00) and scores at par or better (six). He carded one-half of his rounds during the season (six of 12) at par or better. Torstein Nevestad led the team with 11 of his 12 rounds with scores at 75 or better. Blixt, Nevestad and freshman Nicholas Smith were the only Seminoles who played in all three events during the fall season and all three are in the Seminoles’ lineup to begin the Spring 2006 season.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2005)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jonas Blixt 4 12 6 10 70 876 73.00
Torstein Nevestad 4 12 2 11 68 880 73.33
Song Jeon 2 6 2 4 69 440 73.33
Matt Savage 4 12 4 8 70 881 73.42
Nicholas Smith 3 9 3 6 68 664 73.78
Tommy Rymer 1 3 0 2 73 226 75.33
Bradley Ruch 2 6 2 5 72 458 76.33