Sept. 23, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –
The No. 8 ranked Florida State men’s golf team turned in the second-best team score of the final round and finished in seventh place in the team standings at the power-packed PING/GolfWeek Preview at the Kampen Course at Birk Boilermaker Golf Complex. The Seminoles began the final round in 11th place and gained four positions in the team standings and finished ahead of six teams in the nation’s top 25 including No. 5 Florida. Senior All-American Jonas Blixt shot a two-under par 70 in the final round and finished in fifth place in the individual standings.
No. 9 ranked Charlotte earned the team championship as the 49’ers defeated No. 7 Oklahoma State by four strokes in the final standings. Charlotte began the final round trailing the Cowboys by three strokes and moved into the lead mid-way through the final round. Charlotte’s Stefan Wiedergruen claimed the individual title as he shot a four-under par 68 to beat Minnesota’s Victor Alestrom by two strokes.
“They played like I thought they would play today,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “The effort put forth by this group has never been questioned; they will fight until the end and did so today. They never give up. Jonas continues to take steps forward to improve as a golfer. Usually the All-Americans don’t have the room to improve but that’s not so in Jonas’s case. He just keeps getting better. Matt (Savage) is also making many of the same moves in the forward direction and continues to improve his game.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) gained his second straight top five individual finish as he fired a two-under par score of 70 in the final round. He played the final two rounds of the event at six-under par and completed the tournament with an even-par score of 216. Blixt’s final score is a testament to how well he his playing to begin his senior season after he shot a six-over par 78 in the first round of the event. He carded six birdies in the final round after totaling five birdies in his first two rounds of the event.
Junior All-American Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) also closed well with his second consecutive score of one-under par 71. He played the final two rounds at two-under par after opening the event with six-over par score of 78. Savage finished in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings to mark his second top-15 finish of the fall season. He has finished in the top-15 of the individual standings in six of his last 10 events including a tie for ninth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championship.
Freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) continued his consistent play as he carded his second consecutive score of 74. He carded a 75 in the first round of the event and identical scores of 74 in the second and thirds rounds. Kittleston averages 74.57 strokes in the first six rounds of his collegiate career with now score above 76 and no score lower that 74.
Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) and senior Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) finished well with scores of 75 and 76 respectively. Lauer finished the event with identical scores of 75 after opening with an 82 while Rymer finished with identical scores of 76 after opening the event with a 78.
The Seminoles play in their next event at the Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill. on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
PING/Golf Week Preview/Sept. 22-23, 2007/par 72 Kampen Club/W. Lafayette, Ind./Final FSU Results 7/15. Florida State 309 288 289 886 5. Jonas Blixt 78 68 70 216 T13. Matt Savage 78 71 71 219 T29. Drew Kittleson 75 74 74 223 T63. Seath Lauer 82 75 75 232 T63. Tommy Rymer 78 76 76 232
PING/Golf Week Preview/Sept. 22-23, 2007/par 72 Kampen Club/W. Lafayette, Ind./Final Team Results 1. Charlotte 867 9. Texas A&M 892 2. Oklahoma State 871 10. UNLV 893 3. Southern California 873 11. Lamar 897 4. Alabama 881 12. Louisville 898 5. Minnesota 882 13. Georgia State 901 6. Arizona State 883 14. Purdue 903 7. Florida State 886 15. Coastal Carolina 926 8. Florida 889