Feb. 19, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State will compete in the 2005 Mercedes Benz Collegiate, hosted by the University of North Florida Feb. 20-22. The tournament will be played at the famed Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Seminoles will look to improve on their 17th place finish last season at the tournament. South Carolina is the returning champion.
THE MERCEDES-BENZ COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 29 Alabama, Arkansas, No. 14 Augusta State, Central Florida, Coastal Carolina, No. 10 Duke, No. 21 Florida, No. 18 Georgia State, No. 26 Kentucky, LSU, North Florida, Northwestern, No. 25 South Carolina, No. 24 Tennessee, No. 12 UCLA and UAB in the 15th annual Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship. The event is being played at the par 72, 6,985 yard course at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedre, Fla.
SEMINOLES FINISH 3RD AT GATOR INTERCOLLEGIATE
Florida State finished third at the 28th Annual Gator Invitational, ahead of seven top 50 nationally ranked teams. Florida, ranked No. 21 nationally earned the team title with No. 6 Wake Forest finishing second. The Seminoles improved on their seventh place finish in the vent a year ago. Two players wearing garnet and gold (Freshman Jonas Blixt and Song Jeon) finished in the top five of the individual standings.
BLIXT WINS FIRST TOURNAMENT
Jonas Blixt (Nassjo, Sweden) won his first tournament as a Seminole at the 2005 Gator Invitational. Jonas finished two strokes ahead of Brett Stegmaier to claim the tournament championship. Jonas carded two rounds at par or better, including a career-best two under-par 68 in the third round to seal the victory. The last Seminole to win a tournament was Mark Donaldson at the 2001 Cavalier Classic. Blixt led the Seminoles to their best finish since the 2001 season (at the Cavalier Classic) and continues to set the pace for the 2005 spring season.
FRESHMAN TRIO SET PACE FOR THE SEMINOLES
Three freshmen are in the starting lineup and helped lead the Seminoles to their best tournament finish since the 2001 season at the Gator Invitational. Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) enjoyed his best outing as a Seminole as he finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings. Jeon was at his best in the third round as he carded a one under-par 69. Jonas Blixt led the way with a tournament low score of 209 followed by fellow freshman Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) at 225 strokes.
RYMER COMPETES IN FIRST TOURNAMENT AS A SEMINOLE
Freshman Tommy Rymer played in his first tournament since transferring to Florida State from the Texas. After redshirting during his short career at Texas, Rymer played in his collegiate event at the Gator Invitational. Rymer finished with a score of 225 with his best play coming in the first round where he finished with a 74.
SENIOR SESTILIO BEGINS HIS SENIOR SEASON
Mark Sestilio’s (Punta Gorda, FL) time at Florida State is playing the best golf of his career in his senior season. He has been a member of the Seminoles’ roster since the Fall 2000. Sestilio’s best finish came at the 2003 Kiawah Island Intercollegiate were he finished tied for tenth place. Sestilio helped the Seminoles to a third place finish at the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate with a three round score of 228.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2005 SEASON)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jonas Blixt 1 3 2 3 68 209 69.67
Song Jeon 1 3 1 3 69 212 70.67
Adam Wallace 1 3 0 3 73 223 74.33
Tommy Rymer 1 3 0 2 74 225 75.00
Mark Sestilio 1 3 0 2 75 228 76.00