Oct. 29, 2007
GREENSBORO, Ga. –
The Florida State men’s golf team defeated Georgia State and Lamar and will play Charlotte in the consolation bracket finals of the 2007 Callaway Match Play Championships on The Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation on Tuesday. The No. 7 seeded Seminoles defeated No. 15 Georgia State, 3-1-1, in a match completed Monday morning after being suspended because of darkness Sunday night and then defeated No. 11 seeded Lamar, 3-2-0, to raise their record to 2-1 in the event. The Seminoles were defeated by No. 10 seeded South Carolina in the first round of the event.
Florida State defeated Georgia State, 3-1-1, on Monday morning in a match that was suspended because of darkness on Sunday. The Seminoles earned victories by senior All-American Jonas Blixt, junior All-American Matt Savage and sophomore Seath Lauer. Blixt (3 and 1), Savage (4 and 3) and Lauer (3 and 1) all won their matches going away while freshman Drew Kittleson earned a tie in his match to help Florida State to the victory.
The Seminoles then advanced with a 3-2 victory over Lamar to close their day and will play No. 1 seed and current No. 1 ranked Charlotte. The Seminoles earned victories by Blixt (7 and 6) over Will Gilchrist and Matt Savage (5 and 4) over Justin Harding and were tied and 2-2 and set the stage for late match heroics by Lauer.
Lauer was two strokes down with five holes to play against Lamar’s Russell Helson and rallied to claim the deciding victory. In five successive holes to close the match he earned a par, an eagle on a par 5, a birdie and two pars to take the match 1 up.
“Seath went out and took the match rather than waiting for his opponent to make a mistake,” said Seminole Head Coach Trey Jones. “He played two perfect holes to close it out and didn’t give his opponent the chance to come back. That kind of experience is why you play in events like this. That kind of experience will hopefully help our entire team at the end of the year. We are really looking forward to playing the No. 1 team in the nation tomorrow.”
7 Florida State def. 15 Georgia State, 3-1-1 Jonas Blixt (FSU) def. Tim Freund (GSU), 3 and 1 Matt Savage (FSU) def. Maurice Jordan (GSU), 4 and 3 Drew Kittleson (FSU) halved Tom Sherreard (GSU), all square Seath Lauer (FSU) def. Alex Castro (GSU), 3 and 1 Alan Fowler (GSU) def. Bradley Ruch (FSU), 4 and 2
7 Florida State def 11 Lamar, 3-2 Jonas Blixt (FSU) def. Will Gilchrist (LU), 7 and 6 Hugues Joannes (LU) def. Drew Kittleson (FSU), 3 and 2 Matt Savage (FSU) def. Justin Harding (LU), 5 and 4 Casey Clendenon (LU) def. Tommy Rymer (FSU), 2 and 1 Seath Lauer (FSU) def. Russell Helson (LU), 1 up