March 16, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which has finished in the top three in both of its early spring tournaments, is ranked 25th in this week’s national poll by Golf World Magazine / Nike. The Seminoles have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 in both polls this spring; the team was ranked No. 24 in the first poll of the season.
Led by a pair of top 10 individual finishes by sophomore Matt Savage (tied for fourth) and junior Jonas Blixt (tied for seventh) the Seminoles finished in second place in the team standings at the spring season opening Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course in February. Savage tied his career-best with a five-under par 65 in the final round to earn the best individual finish of his career.
The second place finish for the Seminoles is tied for the best team finish under fourth-year head Coach Trey Jones. The Seminoles also finished in second place at the Naples Invitational during the spring of 2006 and, with this weekend’s finish, continued the momentum they have built which carried them into the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship Tournament.
Florida State finished in third in the team standings at the Seminole Intercollegiate during the first week of March. The Seminoles steadily climbed the standings in the event after a ninth place standing after the first round and a tied for fourth place standing after the second round. A pair of Seminole sophomores – Matt Savage and Nichols Smith – finished tied for 10th in the individual standings to lead Florida State. Savage was one of three Seminoles who carded one-under par scores of 71 in the final round. He was joined by freshmen Cameron Knight (tied for 23) and Seath Lauer (tied for 50th) who both carded under par scores in the final round.
The Seminoles play their next event – the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate – March 25-27 at Awendaw, S.C. The event is sponsored by the popular music group Hootie and the Blowfish.
Golf World / Nike Coaches' Poll Rank Team (FPV) Points Last Week 1. Stanford (15) 518 2 2. Florida (4) 486 1 3. Georgia (1) 476 5 4. Oklahoma State (1) 465 3 5. Alabama 463 4 6. Clemson 381 10 7. Southern California 362 8 8. UNLV 352 9 9. BYU 329 13 10. UCLA 322 7 11. Coastal Carolina 309 6 12. Texas A&M 267 11 T13. East Tennessee State 256 14 T13. North Carolina 256 12 15. Lamar 244 NR 16. Georgia Tech 204 16 17. Tennessee 179 NR 18. Arizona State 169 15 19. Wake Forest 153 T17 20. Duke 94 20 21. Texas 91 T17 22. Georgia State 87 21 23. Tulsa 86 22 24. Louisville 77 19 25. Florida State 36 24