April 19, 2008
NEW LONDON, N.C. –
Led by three players in the top six of the individual standings, the No. 8 ranked Florida State men’s golf team is in second place heading into the final round of the 55th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. The Seminoles are only one stroke behind Duke as they play for their first ever ACC men’s golf championship. Senior All-America Jonas Blixt is in fifth place – three strokes out of the lead – as he plays to win the individual championship and become only the fourth player in ACC history to win back-to-back men’s golf individual championships.
Florida State begins play in Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 558 and is only one stroke behind Duke who has a 36-hole total of 557. The Seminoles and the Blue Devils came into the second round tied for the lead. Duke carded the lowest score of the second round (278) while the Seminoles carded the second lowest score of the round (279). NC State and Wake Forest are tied for third with identical scores of 565 and are seven strokes behind the Seminoles and eight behind the Blue Devils.
“We played a very good round today,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “The conditions were not easy and we kept our focus through the entire round. This is what we practice for — to have a chance to win championships. With the talent of our league anything can happen tomorrow. If all goes well we will make someone beat our good round and play to our potential.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) carded a two-under par 70 and has a two-round total of 139. He was cruising through the round with a five under par score until he carded an uncharacteristic double-bogey on the 17th hole to bring his score back to two under par. Blixt is in fifth place and is three strokes behind the current individual leader Webb Simpson of Wake Forest. Simpson has carded back-to-back scores of 68 and leads the event with a two-round total of 136.
Junior All-America Matt Savage, with a two-round total of 137, is Florida State’s leader heading into the third and final round. He carded a five-under par 67 in the second round and a four-under par 68 in the first round. Savage (Louisville, Ky.) was one-under par over the first nine holes and two under par on his back nine. With a birdie on his first hole Savage was under par during the entire second round. Savage trails Simpson of Wake Forest by only one stroke as he attempts to win his first career ACC individual championship.
Freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) carded a four-under par 68 in the second round. He has a 36-hole total of 140 and is in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings. Kittleson began his round on fire with an eagle three on the par five first hole and a second eagle three on the par five fifth hole. He was four under par after his first four holes. He earned nine pars and three birdies over his final 14 holes of the round.
Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) carded an even par 72 and has a two-day total of 142. He is in 14th place. Sophomore Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) is in a tie for 45th place with 18 holes remaining.
The final round of the event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
55th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Pt./New London, N.C. 2/11. Florida State 279 279 558 2. Matt Savage 68 67 139 5. Jonas Blixt 69 70 139 T6. Drew Kittleson 72 68 140 14. Seath Lauer 70 72 142 T45. Cameron Knight 76 75 151
55th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Old North State Club at Uwharrie Pt./New London, N.C. 1. Duke 557 7. Virginia Tech 570 2. Florida State 558 8. Georgia Tech 572 T3. NC State 565 9. Virginia 581 T3. Clemson 565 10. Boston College 590 T5. North Carolina 567 11. Maryland 603 T5. Clemson 567