Sept. 10, 2007
TOLEDO, Ohio –
The Florida State University men’s golf team is in first place in the team standings and Seminole senior All-American Jonas Blixt is in first place in the individual standings after the first two rounds of the Inverness Intercollegiate at the Inverness Club. The Seminoles hold a three-stroke lead over Michigan State in the team standings and Blixt has a two-stroke lead of Ryan Brehm of Michigan State heading into Tuesday’s third and final round.
Florida State, which is ranked No. 15 nationally in the preseason poll by Golf Week Magazine, begins play Tuesday looking for its first tournament championship since the spring of 1998 season when the Seminoles captured team honors at the U.S. Collegiate Championship. Blixt begins play in the final round looking to claim the fourth individual championship of his Seminole career.
“It was a good day all around and I am extremely pleased with how well we did on a course that is as hard as this one,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “When you play a course as tough as this one you have to rely on your best player and that’s what we did. Jonas put us on his shoulders and played well. The guys played in enough events at the end of last spring to know what it takes to finish out a tournament and that’s what I’ll be looking for tomorrow.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) has a seven-under par total of 135 during the first 36 holes of play. He was in first place after shooing a four-under 67 in the first round and maintained his position with a three-under par 68 in the second round. He carded 12 birdies and only five bogeys during the entire first day of play. Blixt was below par after 31 of the 36 holes he played and was as much as four-under par during the first round. Blixt came within two strokes of tying his personal career best of 65.
Seminole junior Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) is in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings with a two-round total of 143. He carded a three-under par 68 in the second round after beginning the day with an uncharacteristic four-over par total of 75. Savage played well in the second round with 16 holes of par or better including five birdies. He was below par after all but one hole in the second round and is only two strokes out of third place heading into the final round.
Senior Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) played the best golf of his Seminole career with scores of 76 and 70 for a two round total of 146. He is in a tie for 20th place entering the final round. Rymer finished in a tie for 15th place at the spring 2006 Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate to earn the best finish of his collegiate career. His score of 70 in the second round set a new personal career best for the three-time varsity letter winner for the Seminoles.
Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) is in a tie for 24th place with a two-round total of 147 while freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Az.) is in a tie for 34th place with a 36-hole total of 149. Lauer shot an even par 71 in the first round while Kittleson carded a three-over par 74 in the first round and a four-over par 75 in the second round.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Seventh Annual Inverness Intercollegiate/Sept. 10-11, 2007/Par 71 Inverness Club/Toledo, Ohio/Second Round FSU Results 1/16. Florida State 287 281 568 1. Jonas Blixt 67 68 135 T9. Matt Savage 75 68 143 T20. Tommy Rymer 76 70 146 T24. Seath Lauer 71 76 147 T34. Drew Kittleson 74 75 149
Seventh Annual Inverness Intercollegiate/Sept. 10-11, 2007/Par 71 Inverness Club/Toledo, Ohio/Second Round Team Results 1. Florida State 568 9. Toledo 586 2. Michigan State 571 10. Kentucky 582 3. Louisville 578 11. Oklahoma State 584 T4. Texas A&M 579 12. Kent State 599 T4. Indiana 579 13. Missouri 602 6. Florida 580 14. Michigan 605 7. Southern California 582 15. UNLV 609 8. TCU 584 16. UNC Greensboro 616