Oct. 30, 2007
GREENSBORO, Ga. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team defeated No. 1 ranked Charlotte, 3-2, in the consolation finals of the Callaway Match Play Championship on the Oconee Course at the Reynolds Plantation Golf Club. The Seminoles completed the event with a 3-1 record as they earned victories over Georgia State, Lamar and Charlotte and were one of only five teams in the 16-team field that win at least three matches. No. 4 seeded UCLA won the team championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 3 seeded Georgia Tech.
Florida State’s senior All-American Jonas Blixt won his match against the 49’ers and finished the event with a 4-0 record to lead the Seminoles who were seeded seventh in the event. Junior All-American Matt Savage was also undefeated with a 3-0-1 record as the Seminoles closed the team portion of their fall schedule. Blixt and Savage will compete in the 33rd Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic which will be played Nov. 18-20 at the El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas.
As with their victory over Lamar on Monday, the Seminoles’ victory over Charlotte came down to the last hole of the last match. On this day it was senior Tommy Rymer who gave Florida State its 3-2 winning advantage with a win in the final match of the day. Rymer played his way to a 3-up advantage early, was tied by his opponent late and pared his final two holes to gain the individual victory and the team win. Rymer defeated Charlotte’s Jonas Enander Hedin – the nation’s No. 7 ranked collegiate individual.
“We knew going out that Charlotte had five very good players and that we would all have to play extremely well to win the match,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “But Jonas found a way to win after struggling early which showed how tough of a player he is and for Tommy to beat a player of Hedin’s caliber shows how good he can be. Matt and Drew continued to play well and were both important in our winning three matches and despite losing Seath played one of our best matches of the day.”
Savage won his third match of the competition as he defeated Corey Nagy of Charlotte, 2 and 1. Savage took the lead after six holes to gain the first win of the day for Florida State.
“The main thing we gained this week was team unity, competitive spirit and the confidence that we can continue to improve as individuals and as a team,” said Jones. “To come out of the event with three wins against three of the top programs in the country is a good thing for us. Each one of our guys had some good moments and each one of our guys played well throughout the event. This sends us into the offseason knowing what we need to work on and how we can improve.”
Consolation Final (7) Florida State def. (1) Charlotte, 3-2 Stefan Wiedergruen (C) def. Drew Kittleson (FSU), 3 and 2 Matt Savage (FSU) def. Corey Nagy (C), 2 and 1 Jonas Blixt (FSU) def. Trevor Murphy (C), 2-up Tommy Rymer (FSU) def. Jonas Enander Hedin (C), 1-up Andrew DiBitetto (C) def. Seath Lauer (FSU), 3 and 1