April 4, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, ranked 35th nationally, travels to play at the Inaugural United States Collegiate Championship April 10-11 at the Golf Club of Georgia. Georgia Tech is the host team for the event which also includes No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Georgia. The event is the sixth of eight regular season events for the Seminoles this spring and leads the team into the ACC Championships April 21-23. Florida State has earned three top five team finishes in its first five events of the season with a second place finish coming at the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate.
THE UNITED STATES COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State, which is ranked 35th in the latest GolfStat Rankings, is joined by No. 1 Georgia, No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Brigham Young, No. 8 Georgia State, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 11 East Tennessee State, No. 13 Clemson, No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 29 Alabama, No. 30 Texas and No. 42 Texas Christian in the inaugural United States Collegiate Championship. The event will also host six of the top 10 ranked individual golfers in the country including Chris Kirk of Georgia. The event will be played on the Lakeside Course at the Country Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga. In 1991, the Lakeside course was honored by Golf Digest as “The Best New Private Course” in America. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside’s 11th hole as one of the top 50 par five holes in America.
NEVESTAD LEADING SEMINOLES THROUGH SPRING SEASON
Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) enters the U.S. Collegiate Championship with a team-leading and career-low 71.20 stroke average in five events this spring. He was the Seminoles’ top finisher at both the Gator Invitational (tied for sixth) and the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate (sixth) and has now earned eight top-10 finishes during his career. With a career-best 65 in the first round of the Lexus/Naples Tournament and a 69 in the third round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational, Nevestad has carded two of Florida State’s top six single-round scores this spring and is the only Seminole who has carded multiple rounds with scores under 70 this season.
RYMER EARNING PLAYING TIME
Sophomore Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) has played in all five of the Seminoles’ events this spring and is ranked third on the team with a 73.87 stroke average. He carded his career-best round of 67 in the third round of the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate and finished in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings. The finish was Rymer’s top career and first to-15 finish of his collegiate career. Rymer is second on the team with 11 rounds at 75 or better this spring while his round of 67 at the Lexus/Naples tournament is the second best by an FSU player this spring.
BLIXT LEADS SEMINOLES AT HOOTIE AT BULLS BAY INVITATIONAL
Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) shot a one-over par 72 and finished as the top ranking Seminole with a 219 total at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational. He finished in a tie for 26th place in the individual standings. Blixt played the first and third rounds at a one-under par 141 total. His finish marked the first time during the spring season he had led the Seminoles and sixth time in eight tournaments this year that he had finished within the top 30 in the individual standings. Blixt leads the Seminoles in rounds played at par or better (11) and has played 19 of his 24 rounds this year (fall and spring combined) with scores at 75 or better. Blixt enters the U.S. Collegiate Championship averaging a career-low 73.21 this year.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2005 SPRING 2006 COMBINED) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Torstein Nevestad 9 27 6 22 65 1,948 72.15 Jonas Blixt 8 24 11 19 69 1,757 73.21 Song Jeon 4 12 3 8 69 885 73.75 Nicholas Smith 9 27 8 19 68 1,999 74.03 Tommy Rymer 6 18 3 13 68 1,334 74.11 Matt Savage 8 24 5 13 68 1,782 74.25 Bradley Ruch 3 9 2 6 72 686 76.22