Oct. 28, 2007
GREENSBORO, Ga. –
The Florida State men’s golf team fell to South Carolina, 3-1-1, in the first round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship at the Reynolds Plantation Golf Course. In a first round full of upsets, the No. 7 seeded Seminoles fell to the No. 10 seeded Gamecocks as four lower seeded teams defeated higher ranked teams in the first round of play. Included in the upsets was a victory by No. 16 seeded Coastal Carolina over No. 1 seeded Charlotte – the first time in the six year history of the event that the lowest seed had defeated the highest seed.
Florida State’s loss sent the Seminoles into the consolation bracket against No. 15 seeded Georgia State. That match began on Sunday and will be finished Monday morning because of darkness.
Seminole All-America Jonas Blixt was Florida State’s only winner in its’ first round match against South Carolina. He defeated George Bryan IV, 4 and 3. He took the lead on the fifth hole and was declared the winner as he led by four with only three holes to play.
Seminole All-America Matt Savage halved (tied) his match against South Carolina’s Patrick Rada. Savage trailed in nine of the final 13 holes of the event before pulling even with one hole remaining and finishing the event all square.
Florida State was winless in the remaining three matches. Seminole freshman Drew Kittleson fell to South Carolina’s Mark Anderson, 3 and 2; Seminole sophomore Seath Lauer fell to Paul Woodbury, 5 and 4 and Seminole senior Tommy Rymer fell to Florian Fritsch, 3 and 1.
The Seminoles match against Georgia State will be completed Monday morning. Through 12 holes of that match, the Seminoles led 3-1-1. A win would advance the Seminoles through the bracket to a match-up with the winner of the Texas vs. Lamar match.