April 7, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 8 ranked Florida State men’s golf team, which has earned six top five team finishes in eight events this year, closes out its regular season as it plays in River Landing Intercollegiate Hosted by NC State at the River Landing Golf Course in Wallace, N.C., on April 11-13. The event is the final event of the regular season and comes just a week before the Seminoles begin play in the 55th Annual ACC Championship at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, N.C.
THE RIVER LANDING INTERCOLLEGIATE HOSTED BY NC STATE FIELD
No. 8 Florida State is joined by No. 16 Duke, No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 31 NC State (the host school), No. 33 North Carolina, East Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Liberty, Maryland, Memphis, Navy, Rice, Tulsa and Virginia in the annual River Landing Intercollegiate Hosted By NC State. The teams will play 18 holes on each of the three days on the River Course at the Rivera Landing Golf Course. The Seminoles are the highest ranking team in the event and are joined by six other ACC teams as they all prepare for the ACC Championship April 18-20.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Florida State men’s golf team, which is one of 12 teams nationally that has won multiple events this year, is ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest collegiate men’s golf rankings by GolfWeek Magazine. The Seminoles are the highest ranked team in the state of Florida and the second highest ranked team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State has earned four top five team finishes this spring including the team title at the Seminole Intercollegiate and second place finishes at the Gator and General Jim Hackler Invitationals.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior All-American Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden), who leads the Seminoles with a career-low 71.88 stroke average during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons, is ranked seventh nationally in the individual rankings of Division I men’s players by GolfWeek Magazine. He is the second ranked player in the ACC behind Chesson Hadley of Georgia Tech. Junior All-American Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.), is ranked 48th nationally among all Division I golfers.
LOW STROKE AVERAGES
Florida State enters the River Landing Intercollegiate Hosted by NC State averaging 72.74 strokes as a team in its first eight matches of the spring. The Seminole players continue to significantly improve their play and results. In his first year, freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has lowered his stroke average from an admirable 75.10 in the fall to an impressive 73.25 this spring. Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) has lowered his stroke average from 75.44 in the fall to an impressive 72.83 during the spring season.
DOMINANT TEAM PLAY – THE SEMINOLES DURING THE SPRING SEASON
The Florida State men’s golf team is playing as well as any team in the nation. The Seminoles have yet to finish outside of the top five in any of their four events. This year the Seminoles are one of the hottest teams in the nation with a first place finish (Seminole Intercollegiate), two second place finishes (Gator Invitational General Jim Hacker Invitational) and a fifth place finish (U.S. Collegiate). The Seminoles won their first event of the year during the fall season (Inverness Intercollegiate) and have won two events in the same year for the first time since the fall 1994 and spring 1995 seasons. The last time the Seminoles won three or more events in the same year was in 1994-95.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2007/SPRING 2008 COMBINED) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Jonas Blixt 8 24 11 21 67 1,725 71.88 Matt Savage 8 24 12 19 66 1,742 72.58 Seath Lauer 7 21 5 15 67 1,553 73.95 Nicholas Smith 1 3 0 2 72 222 74.00 Drew Kittleson 8 22 4 13 68 1,630 74.09 Song Jeon 3 9 1 5 72 677 75.22 Tommy Rymer 3 9 1 3 70 679 75.44 Cameron Knight 3 9 2 4 71 682 75.78