Feb. 19, 2006
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
Playing in an event against five of the top 25 teams in the nation, the Florida State men’s golf team finished in third place in the team standings at the spring season opening Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course. The Seminoles were in seventh after the first round of play, moved into third after two rounds and finished the event in that position. The third place finish marked the second consecutive season Florida State has finished in third place in the Gator Invitational.
Ranked 46th in the most recent GolfWeek Magazine collegiate poll, Florida State finished ahead of No. 8 Georgia State, No. 15 Wake Forest and No. 21 South Carolina while finishing just behind No. 5 Florida and No. 22 Tulsa in the team standings.
Florida won the team title for the 20th time in the tournament’s 29-year history. The Gators shot a three round score of 274-288-293 for a 15-over par 855 total. The Gators earned a six shot victory over Tulsa and defeated Florida State by a mere 14 strokes. Sam Korbe of Tulsa defeated Florida senior Brett Stegmaier on the second playoff hole to claim individual medalist honors.
Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) finished in a tie for sixth place with a 215 total for the three-round event. He carded a tournament-low one-over par 71 in the second round and closed the tournament with a two-over par 72. Nevestad’s finish is his best as a Seminole; his previous best finish was a tied for 14th placing at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate during the fall of 2005.
Freshman Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) finished in a tie for 11th place with a 216 total for the event. He earned his best finish as a Seminole and finished two strokes off his career-best score of 214. Smith earned his career-best score of 214 at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions during the fall 2005 season. Smith carded a tournament best round of even par 70 in the second round of the event.
Sophomore Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) finished in a tie for 21st place as he earned the first top 25 finish of his career. He was very consistent with identical scores of 73 in each of the three rounds of the event. Rymer’s scores of 73 tie his personal record for low round score during his Seminole career. Junior Bradley Ruch (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman Matt Savage (Lexington, Ky.) both finished in a tie for 46th place in the individual standings.
Florida State plays in the Naples Invitational in Naples, Fla., on Feb. 27-28 before playing host to the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Golf Course in Tallahassee on March 5-7.
2006 Gator Invitational/Feb. 18-19, 2006/Final Florida State Results
University of Florida Golf Course/Par 72
3/14. Florida State 291 286 292 869
T6. Torstein Nevestad 72 71 72 215
T11. Nicholas Smith 72 70 74 216
T21. Tommy Rymer 73 73 73 219
T46. Bradley Ruch 74 72 82 228
T46. Matt Savage 76 79 73 228
2006 Gator Invitational/Feb. 18-19, 2006/Final Team Results University of Florida Golf Course/Par 72 1. Florida 855 T8. South Carolina 890 2. Tulsa 861 T8. UCF 890 3. Florida State 869 T8. Purdue 890 4. Georgia State 875 11. North Florida 892 5. Louisiana State 881 12. Georgia Southern 895 6. Wake Forest 887 13. Ohio State 899 7. UAB 888 14. Kentucky 905