June 11, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team is ranked 15th in the final head-to-head standings of the 2007 season by GolfStat marking the best final national ranking for the Seminole men’s golf team since 1995 when they finished seventh in the nation. The Seminoles finished in a tie for 13th at the NCAA Championship, in fifth place at the NCAA East Regional, in a tie for fourth place in the ACC Championship and earned seven top-five team finishes in 12 events during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 seasons.
“I’m really proud of our players for earning a top-15 national ranking,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “The players worked hard all season long and stayed focused in the postseason when they had to play well. The great thing about our players is that they are not satisfied with finishing in the top-15; their goals are to be No. 1 and win the national championship. I know that is possible at Florida State.”
Florida State was led all season long by All-Americans and All-ACC selections Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) and Matt Savage. Blixt was an All-American Second-Team selection as he became the first Seminole player to win medalist honors at the ACC Championship and finished in a tie for 29th place in the individual standings at the NCAA Championship finals. Savage (Louisville, Ken.) earned All-America Honorable Mention honors and finished in a tie for ninth place at the NCAA Championship.
Florida State completed its best season under Jones by playing in back-to-back NCAA Regional Championships for the first time since the 1995 and 1996 seasons and advancing to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 1996. The Seminoles’ tied for fourth place team finish at the ACC Championship marked the highest finish in the event for Florida State since finishing in fourth place in 1996.
“We had some outstanding individual performances by each one of our players this year,” said Jones. “All of the strong individual performances allowed us to play consistently well as a team and that’s what you have to do compete on the national stage. The young players now see the progression that Jonas and Matt have made during their tenure and should see opportunities that are presented to them if they continue to stay focused. It was a good feeling knowing that all five of our players where capable of shooting a low round on any given day. This is an exciting group of players to coach and we have some top-notch players joining our program who make things even more exciting in the years to come.
Playing a schedule that was ranked in the top 20 in the nation, Florida State earned seven top-five team finishes and averaged 73.22 strokes as a team during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 seasons. Each member of the Seminoles’ starting line-up in the 2007 postseason finished with stroke averages better than 75.00 strokes per round for the first time under Jones’ coaching direction.
“Stroke averages are misleading when you look at the fact that we played in every element possible this season on courses that can be extremely difficult.”
Blixt won individual titles at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate during the fall season and at the ACC Championship during the spring season. The Seminole players earned a combined 13 top-10 individual finishes in 12 events.
GolfStat 2007 Final Head-To-Head Standings
1. Stanford 9. Georgia Tech
2. Georgia 10. Southern California
3 Lamar 11. UNLV
4. Alabama 12. Clemson
5. UCLA 13. Texas A&M
6. Florida 14. Charlotte
7. Coastal Carolina 15. Florida State
8. Oklahoma State