Feb. 11, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
Led by a pair of top 10 individual finishes by sophomore Matt Savage (tied for fourth) and junior Jonas Blixt (tied for seventh) the Florida State men’s golf team finished in second place in the team standings at the spring season opening Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course. Savage tied his career-best with a five-under par 65 in the final round to earn the best individual finish of his career.
The second place finish for the Seminoles is tied for the best team finish under fourth-year head Coach Trey Jones. The Seminoles also finished in second place at the Naples Invitational during the spring of 2006 and, with this weekend’s finish, continued the momentum they have built which carried them into the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship Tournament.
Florida successfully defended its tournament title on its home course as they bested the Seminoles by 11 strokes. The Seminoles finished as the highest ranking of the two ACC teams in the event as Wake forest finished third. Manuel Villegas of Florida earned individual medalist honors with a six-under par 204 score.
Savage saved he best round of golf for the final round as he carded as 65 in the final round. He began play in the final round in a tie for 42nd place and improved his standing by an incredible 38 positions to earn the best individual finish of his career. Savage tied his career-best score of 65 — he also carded a 65 in the third round of the 2006 NCAA East Regional.
Blixt finished in a tie for seventh place with a 213 total for the 36-hole event. It marked the fourth top-10 finish of his career.
The Seminoles continue the spring schedule as they play host to the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 4-5-6 at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee.
SunTrust Gator Invitational/Feb. 10-11, 2007/Final FSU Results University of Florida Golf Course/Par 70 2/14. Florida State 284 287 290 861 T4. Matt Savage 72 75 65 212 T7. Jonas Blixt 70 67 76 213 T29. Seath Lauer 72 73 72 217 T40. Cameron Knight 70 72 79 221 T61. Song Jeon 74 76 77 227
SunTrust Gator Invitational/Feb. 10-11, 2007/Final Team Results University of Florida Golf Course/Par 70 1. Florida 850 T7. Georgia State 871 2. Florida State 861 9. North Florida 872 3. Wake Forest 862 10. Kentucky 881 4. Coastal Carolina 864 11. Ohio State 882 5. Georgia Southern 866 12. Louisiana State 884 6. UAB 869 13. UCF 887 T7. Tulsa 871 14. Purdue 906