Sept. 12, 2006
TOLEDO, Ohio –
Florida State University sophomore golfer Matt Savage finished tied for 20th in the individual standings to lead the Seminole men’s golf team to a ninth place finish at the Inverness Intercollegiate at the Inverness Golf Club as play in the event came to a close Tuesday afternoon. Savage and teammate Jonas Blixt both earned top 30 individual finishes in leading the Seminoles to a top-10 team in their first event of the fall season.
Southern California rallied from eight strokes down entering the third round to defeat TCU and win the team championship. The Trojans were led by two golfers – Jamie Lovemark and Tom Glissmeyer – in the top five of the individual standings in earning the team title. Jon McLean of TCU claimed individual medalist honors as he carded a two-over par score of 214 to defeat Manuel Villegas of Florida by four strokes.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) played well in the second and third rounds of the event as he carded identical scores of 75 and finished with a three-round total of 229. He moved up six positions in the individual standings as he carded a 75 in the final round to the fifth top 20 finish of his career. Savage advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and played in the prestigious 2006 U.S. Amateur Tournament this past summer.
Seminole junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) was the biggest mover in the tournament in the third round as he carded a one-over par 72 to finish tied for 29th in the individual standings. He moved from a tie for 58th place after the second round into a tie for 29th place in the final standings – an amazing move of 29 positions. Blixt cut eight strokes off his first round score of 80 as he grew comfortable with the golf course in the first event of the year for the Seminoles.
Junior Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) earned the fifth top-40 finish of his career as he placed tied for 37th in the individual standings. He carded a junior-season best score of even par 71 in the first round of the event. Sophomore Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) and junior Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) also participated in the event for the Seminoles.
Inverness Intercollegiate/Sept. 11-12, 2006/Par 71 Inverness Club of Toledo/Toledo, Ohio/Final Results 9/15. Florida State 308 310 305 923 T20. Matt Savage 79 75 75 229 T29. Jonas Blixt 80 79 72 231 T37. Tommy Rymer 71 80 81 232 T50. Nicholas Smith 80 76 77 235 64. Song Jeon 78 80 84 240
Inverness Intercollegiate/Sept. 11-12, 2006/Par 71 Inverness Club of Toledo/Toledo, Ohio/Final Results 1. Southern Cal. 896 9. Florida State 923 2. TCU 899 10. Nebraska 924 3. Florida 900 11. Michigan State 929 4. Coastal Car. 901 T12. Illinois 931 5. Georgia 904 T12. Toledo 931 6. UNLV 906 14. Virginia Tech 932 7. Texas A&M 914 15. New Mexico 953 8. Kent State 922