Feb. 19, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Buoyed by a second place finish in the team standings at the spring season opening SunTrust Gator Invitational, the Florida State men’s golf team is ranked ninth in the nation by GolfStat. GolfStat is the main statistical outlet used by the NCAA to determine the teams that will qualify for selection to the NCAA regional championships in May. The Seminoles jumped up six positions in the national rankings with their strong finish at the Gator Invitational after beginning the spring season ranked 15th nationally.
“Our current national ranking of ninth halfway through the season is a compliment to how our guys have started the season,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “Now it is essential that each player continues to improve for us to compete for championships this spring. I do not think we have played like we are capable of playing through the first five events of the year.”
Led by senior All-American Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden), the Seminoles have been a constant in the national rankings since the beginning of the fall season. Florida State began the year with a victory at the Inverness Intercollegiate, a fourth place final standing at the Fighting Illini Invitational and 3-1 record at the Callaway Match Play Championship series. The Seminoles defeated then No. 1 Charlotte in the consolation bracket finals of the event.
Florida Sate ranked No. 13 in the national rankings by GolfWeek Magazine and No.15 by GolfStat during the week of Feb. 6.
Blixt, the defending ACC Champion, leads the team in most statistical categories including low stroke average (71.13) and rounds with scores at 75 or lower (14 of 15). He is tied for the team lead with eight scores at par or better. All-American Matt Savage (Louisville, Kentucky) is also enjoying another standout season. He is averaging 72.28 strokes per round (the second lowest average on the team) while his low score for the season (66) at the Fighting Illini Invitational is the lowest score among the Seminoles’ individual this year.
Freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Arizona) has proven to be an extremely valuable player for the Seminoles during the first year of his career. He was ranked as the No. 1 junior golfer in the nation by GolfWeek Magazine and finished tied for ninth in the individual standings at the Gator Invitational with a three round total of total 208.
The Seminoles play host to the Seminole Intercollegiate at the Golden Eagle Country Club March 2-4. Florida State finished in third in the team standings as Savage and junior Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) finished tied for 10th place in the individual standings.
GolfStat/NCAA Men's Division I Team Ranking Rank Team Wins 1 University of Georgia 2 2 Charlotte 4 3 University of Alabama 2 4 UCLA 2 5 Oklahoma State 1 6 Stanford University 1 7 Georgia Tech 0 8 Southern Cal. 0 9 Florida State 1 10 University of Florida 1 11 Auburn University 0 12 University of Tennessee 2 13 Clemson University 0 14 South Carolina 1 15 Michigan State 1