April 18, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team begins post-season play as it participates in the 53rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, N.C. April 20-22, 2007. The ACC Championship is being played at the Old North State Club for the sixth consecutive year and for the 11th time in the history of the championship which began in 1954. Florida State first participated in the ACC Championship in 1992 and earned its top finish of third at the 1994 championship at the Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C. The Seminoles have earned two top-three team finishes this spring and are looking to earn their way into NCAA Regional play for the second consecutive season.
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State, which is ranked 21st in this week’s GolfWeek / Sagarin poll, is joined by No. 12 Clemson, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 14 Georgia Tech, No. 22 Wake Forest, No. 25 Duke, Maryland, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech in the 54th Annual ACC Men’s Golf Championship. The three-round, 54-hole event will be begin with a practice round on April 19 followed by three rounds of 18 holes beginning at 8:30 a.m. each morning (weather permitting) and an awards ceremony Sunday after play has been completed. The Uwharrie Point Course at the Old North State Club is designed by Tom Fazio has is annual ranked as one of the top course in the state of North Carolina. Georgia Tech and North Carolina shared the team title while Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech earned the individual title in 2006.
FLORIDA STATE’S ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HISTORY
Florida State finished sixth in the 2005 ACC Championship to mark the second time it has finished sixth in the event since the 2002 season. The Seminoles finished third in the 1994 ACC Championship and fourth in the 1996 event for its two best finishes since joining the conference. The Seminoles participated in their first ACC Tournament in 1992 and this season will mark their 15th ACC tournament as a member of the conference. Bobby Cochran (second place, 212 score in 1994), Christian Raynor (second place, 211 score in 1995) and George McNeil (second place, 212 score in 1996) have earned the top individual finishes for the Seminoles during ACC Championship play. McNeil is enjoying his first season on the PGA Tour in 2007.
SEMINOLES AT THE 2006 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State finished sixth in the team standings at the last years ACC Men’s Golf Tournament to earn its best finish in the event since a sixth place finish in 2002. The Seminoles improved their team finish by one position and their team score by 35 strokes as compared to the 2005 ACC Championship in finishing with their lowest team stroke total in their 15-year participation in the ACC Championship. Current Seminole sophomore Matt Savage earned the best finish of his freshman season as he finished tied for 12th with a four-under par total of 212. Savage’s total left him only one shot shy of tying the all-time record for a Seminole in the ACC men’s golf championship – Christian Raynor’s 211 total at the 1995 ACC Championship.
EARNING ALL-ACC HONORS
George McNeil, in 1998, is the most recent of five Florida State golfers to earn All-ACC honors since the Seminoles joined the conference in 1992. Christian Raynor, in 1994 and 1995, is the only two-time All-ACC men’s golf selection from Florida State.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
George McNeil, with a second place finish in 1996, has earned the most recent top individual finish by a Seminole player in the during Florida State’s 15 years of participation in the ACC Championship. McNeil, second place in 1995, along with Christian Raynor in 1995 and Bobby Cochran in 1994 have all earned second place individual finishes in the ACC Championship.
FLORIDA STATE LINEUP AT THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State’s lineup at the ACC Championship will consist of senior Torstein Nevestad, junior Jonas Blixt, sophomore Matt Savage and freshmen Seath Lauer and Cameron Knight. Blixt and Nevestad are making their third ACC Championship appearance while Savage is making his second ACC appearances. Lauer and Knight are competing in the ACC Championship for the first times in their careers marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles have played with two freshmen in the starting line-up. Savage and current Seminole sophomore Nicholas Smith played in the ACC Championship in 2006.
Seminoles' Lineup For ACC Championship Player LRS LTS BF SA Matt Savage 67 (06) 212 (06) T12 (06) 70.67 (06) Jonas Blixt 70 (06) 214 (06) T18 (05) 72.33 (06) Seath Lauer First Career ACC Championship Cameron Knight First Career ACC Championship Torstein Nevestad 72 (06) 220 (06) T30 (05) 73.33 (06) LRS=low round score; LTS=low tournament score; BF=best finish; SA=stroke average
FLORIDA STATE’S STROKE IMPROVEMENTM
Florida State has finished with fewer team strokes in three of their first four tournaments of the Spring 2007 season in earning three top-10 finishes. The Seminoles finished in second place at the Gator Invitational and in third place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational. The Seminoles improved their team score by eight strokes at the Gator Invitational and by an incredible 36 strokes in the Hootie at Bull’s Bay Invitational in the spring of 2007 as compared to the spring of 2006.
Seminoles Showing Team Improvement Event Spring 06 Spring 07 Improv. Gator Invitational 869 861 +8 Seminole Inter. 884 875 +9 Hootie at Bulls Bay 881 845 +36
BLIXT AND SAVAGE – TOPPING FSU’S LEADERBOARD
Sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ken.) and junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) are sitting at the top of the Seminoles’ team leader board entering the 2007 ACC Championship. Both enter the conference championship in the midst of the best seasons of their careers and both a vying to earn All-ACC honors for the first time. Savage leads the team in stroke average (72.25), rounds at par or better (six), rounds at 75 or better (nine) and low single-round score (65 in the third round of the Gator Invitational). Blixt has complied very comparable statistics and ranks second on the team in stroke average (73.17) a low single-round score (67in the first round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational).
The Seminoles' Top Two and Their Improvement Player 2005-06 2006-07 Improvement Jonas Blixt 73.19 73.17 -0.02 Matt Savage 73.76 73.38 -0.38
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S Matt Savage…
..He leads the Seminoles with a 72.25 stroke average this spring and has carded the lowest single-round scores for the team – a 65 in the third round of the Gator Invitational;
…He has finished at the top of the Seminoles’ leader board in each of the team’s four events during the spring of 2007 and once during the fall of 2006. He has finished as the team leader in five of events this year;
…He has finished with scores at 75 or bettering 18 of the Seminoles’ 24 rounds this year (fall and spring seasons).
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S Jonas Blixt…
…He has played in 30 events during the first three years of his Seminole career. He has finished outside of the top 50 in the individual standings in an event only once during his career (tied for 74th at the 2006 NCAA East Regional);
…He has earned five single round scores in the 60’s during his career – three have come this year and all three have come this spring;
…He has a cumulative score of +12 for the entire spring 2007 season. He earned a +2 score through the first three events of the spring after a -4 score of 212 at the Gator Invitational and an even score of 213 at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational.
NEVESTAD EARNS HIS WAY INTO FSU’S LINEUP
Senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) will play in his third career ACC Championship this weekend at the Old North State Club. He earned his way into the lineup in qualifying after having played in only one event (the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate) this spring. Nevestad will play as a member of the Seminoles’ starting five for the first time this spring after playing as an individual in the Seminole Intercollegiate.
NEVESTAD NO STRANGER TO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Torstein Nevestad will play in his fourth career conference championship this weekend. As a freshman at Florida Atlantic, he finished in a tie for 13th in the individual standings in leading the Owls at the Atlantic Sun championship tournament. He played in the Seminoles’ starting line-up in the 2005 and 2006 ACC Championship and returns this season as a four-time conference championship participant.
Nevestad - A Conference Championship Veteran Year Finish LR TS Avg 2004 T13 69 216 72.00 * 2005 T30 73 227 75.67 + 2006 T35 72 220 73.33 + * Atlantic Sun Championship / + ACC Championship
KNIGHT AND LAUER AMONG THE ACC’S BRIGHTEST
Newcomers Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) have proven to be tremendous additions to the Seminole line-up as individuals and as a duo. Lauer is ranked third on the team in stroke average (73.67) while Knight is seeded fourth (74.58) on the team this spring.
Looking At Knight And Lauer As Freshmen Player LR LT BF Avg. Cameron Knight 70 217 T31 75.57 Seath Lauer 67 211 T11 74.67 Averages is combined for fall 2006 and spring 2007 seasons
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF BY THE NUMBERS…
…Led by three scores under 70 by junior Jonas Blixt during the spring of 2007, the Seminoles have a total of eight scores under 70 as a team. Blixt led the team with two scores under 70 for a team total of three scores under 70 during the fall 2006 season;
…Florida State finished in second place at the prestigious Gator Invitational this spring to mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles have finished in the top three in the team standings at the event in Gainesville, Fla.. The Seminoles finished in third place in the event in 2006;
…Florida State is playing to earn its second consecutive NCAA Regional bid this season. The last time the Seminoles played in a regional in back to back seasons was during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.