Sept. 9, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team opens its Fall 2005 season as it travels to play in the Tennessee Tournament of Champions at the Holston Hill Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 12-13. The Seminoles earned four top-10 finishes during the Spring 2005 schedule and are looking forward to building on the wave of momentum they are riding in playing well late in the season. The Seminoles are in the third season under head coach Trey Jones.
THE TENNESSEE TOURAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 24 Alabama, No. 42 Arkansas, the College of Charleston, No. 17 Georgia Southern, No. 44 LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Florida, Tennessee, Tulane, Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Finnish Junior National Team in the 18th Annual Tennessee Tournament of Champions. The event is played at the par 71, 6,932 yard course at the Holston Hill Country Club. Tennessee, the host school, is the defending champion and Aron Price of Georgia Southern is the defending individual champion. The Seminoles most recently appeared in the event during the fall of 2002 when they finished in 11th place in the team standings. Florida State earned its best team finishes in 1988, 1995 and 1997 when it finished in a tie for fourth in the team standings in all three years. George McNeil, a Seminole All-American in 1997, earned individual medalist honors in leading Florida State during the 1997 event.
NOW ON THE FIRST TEE FOR FLORIDA STATE
Florida State’s lineup at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions will consist of junior Torstein Naevestad (Oslo, Norway), sophomores Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) and Song Jeon (Seoul, South Korea) and freshmen Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) and Nicholas Smith (Belleview, Fla.). Nevestad is the most experienced Seminole and has played in 19 career collegiate tournaments while Blixt has played in 10 and Jeon eight during their Seminole careers. The two newcomers in the line-up – Savage and Smith – will compete as collegians for the first time.
SMITH LEADS UNITED STATES TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Nicholas Smith, a member of the nation’s No. 6 ranked men’s golf recruiting class in the nation at Florida State, helped lead the United States to the team title at the Junior World Cup Championship at Chukyo Golf Course in July of 2005. The U.S. team won the event for the second consecutive season and established tournament records for most strokes under par (40) and largest margin of victory (12 strokes) in winning the 14-team event. Smith finished the event with a two-over par total of 288 for the 72-hole event. He earned his best scores in the second and third rounds with scores of 69 and 70 as the United States made its move to the top of the team leader board.
JEON AND SAVAGE PLAY IN 2005 U.S PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sophomore Song Jeon and freshman Matt Savage represented the Seminoles in the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Tournament at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio. Savage and Jeon both shot exceptionally well in stroke play and advanced to match play. In stroke play, Savage tied for eighth out of the 156 golfers, finishing at even par. Jeon tied for 17th finishing just three over par. Both golfers advanced to match play and Savage advanced to the round of 32 in the event for the first time in his career.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2004/SPRING 2005 COMBINED)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jonas Blixt 10 29 5 19 68 2,147 74.03
Torstein Naevestad 4 11 1 7 71 817 74.27
Song Jeon 8 23 2 12 69 1,727 75.09
Bradley Ruch 8 24 2 11 68 1,811 75.46
Matt Adcock 6 18 3 10 69 1,362 75.67
Rusty Mosley 7 20 2 9 70 1,517 75.85
Tommy Rymer 3 9 0 2 69 690 76.67
Jake Davis 5 14 3 6 71 1,085 77.50
Adam Wallace 3 9 1 3 72 709 78.78
Mark Sestilio 3 9 0 2 70 714 79.33