March 24, 2008
ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
With the warmest temperatures in the mid-40’s and the wind whipping around the course at nearly 20 miles per hour, the No. 12 ranked Florida State men’s golf team continued their hot play this spring and are in second place in the team standings after the first round of the U.S. Collegiate Classic at the Golf Club of Georgia. The Seminoles were led by sophomore Cameron Knight who carded a one-under par score of 71 – he is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings and only three strokes out of the lead.
Florida State is looking for its third tournament championship of the year and its fourth consecutive top-two team finish of the spring season. The Seminoles won the team championships at the fall 2007 Inverness Intercollegiate and the spring 2008 Seminole Intercollegiate. This spring they have earned the team championship at the Seminole Intercollegiate and have finished in second place at the Gator and General Jim Hackler Invitationals.
No. 3 ranked UCLA carded a team total of 290 and holds the team lead after the first round. The Bruins lead No. 12 ranked Florida State by one stroke. The Seminoles are ahead of seven teams ranked in front of them in the national rankings including No. 2 Georgia (tied for ninth), No. 4 Charlotte (tied for 11th) and No. 5 Southern Cal (tied for fourth). Kevin Chappell of UCLA holds the individual lead with a four-under par score of 68.
Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) tied his season low as he finished as the Seminoles’ leader over the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event. He was a many as three strokes under par and was under par for 17 of the 18 holes he played on the afternoon. After earning an even-par four on his first hole of the day, Knight birdied his second hole and stayed under par for the remainder of the round. Knight carded three birdies and one bogey on his first nine holes and was two-under par as he made the turn. He finished his final nine holes at one-over par to complete his round with a 71. Knight is in a tie for fifth place and is one of only 10 players in the field who finished the first round under par.
Junior All-American Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) carded an even par 72 and is in a tie for 11th in the individual standings heading into the second round. He was at or below par on 15 of his 18 holes in the first round. Savage finished his first nine at one under par with the help of birdies on holes 12 and 13 and was one-over par on his second nine despite eight holes at par or better. He is one of 15 golfers who finished the first round at par or better and is only four strokes behind the individual leader.
Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) continued his strong play this spring and is in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings as he carded a one-over par 73 on Monday. He has now carded six rounds with scores of 73 or better in 12 total rounds this spring. Lauer was two-over par after his first four holes and closed his round at one-under par over the final 14 holes of his round.
Freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) finished with scores of 75 and 78, respectively, for the Seminoles. Kittleson has finished in the top 15 in two of the first seven events of his collegiate career. Blixt finished in a tie for 10th place in the individual standings of the U.S. Collegiate during the spring of 2006.
United States Collegiate Championship/par 72/First Round Florida State Results The Golf Club of Georgia/March 24-26, 2008 2/15. Florida State 291 T5. Cameron Knight 71 T11. Matt Savage 72 T16. Seath Lauer 73 T31. Drew Kittleson 75 T51. Jonas Blixt 78
United States Collegiate Championship/par 72/First Round Team Results The Golf Club of Georgia/March 24-26, 2008 1. UCLA 290 T9. Georgia 302 2. Florida State 291 T9. Coastal Carolina 302 3. Oklahoma State 292 T11. Charlotte 304 T4. Southern Cal 294 T11. Texas A&M 304 T4. E. Tennessee St. 294 13. Stanford 310 T4. Alabama 294 14. Brigham Young 312 7. Georgia Tech 296 15. Texas 313 8. Georgia State 298