April 2, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which is one of 12 teams nationally that has won multiple events this year, is ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest collegiate men’s golf rankings by GolfWeek Magazine. The Seminoles are the highest ranked team in the state of Florida and the second highest ranked team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State has earned four top five team finishes this spring including the team title at the Seminole Intercollegiate and second place finishes at the Gator and General Jim Hackler Invitationals.
The Seminoles are one of the hottest teams in the nation with a first place finish (at the Seminole Intercollegiate in March), a second place finish (at the Gator Invitational in February) and a fifth place finish (at the U.S. Collegiate in March) in their last three events. The Seminoles won their first event of the year during the fall season (the Inverness Intercollegiate in September) and have won two events in the same year for the first time since the fall 1994 and spring 1995 seasons. The last time the Seminoles won three or more events in the same year was in 1994-95 when they earned team championships at the Mercedes Benz Intercollegiate, the Seminole Classic, the Cleveland Classic Invitational and the Wofford Invitational. All four of those team victories came during the spring season and led to a seventh place team finish at the NCAA Championships.
Florida State’s national profile has skyrocketed since the arrival of Head Coach Trey Jones in 2004. The Seminoles were ranked 108th nationally following the 2000 season and 91st during the season prior to his arrival. Jones work in recruiting and on-course coaching is evident in the Seminoles’ steady rise in the national rankings during his tenure. The Seminoles were ranked 76th following his first season, 69th at the end of his second season, 45th after his this year and 20th at the end of the 2006-07 fall and spring seasons.
Florida State is led by its All-American duo of seniors Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) and Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.). Blixt is averaging a team-leading 71.88 strokes in eight events this season with 11 rounds carded with scores at par or lower. He defend his individual ACC Championship on April 18-20 at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, N.C. as he attempts to become the first two-time ACC Champion in school history and the first golfer to repeat as the individual ACC Champion since the 1997 and 1998 seasons when Charles Warren of Clemson won consecutive league titles. Savage, who has finished in the top 25 of the individual standings in seven of the Seminoles’ eight events this year, ranks second on the team with a 72.58 stroke average. He leads the team with 12 rounds carded at par or better.
Florida State begins post season play at the ACC Championship and hopes to improve on its fifth place NCAA Regional and tied for 13th place NCAA Championships finishes from a season ago.
GolfWeek / Sagarin Performance Rankings No. Team Events Team Championships 1. Alabama 8 5 2. Georgia 7 2 3. Charlotte 7 4 4. Southern Cal. 8 1 5. UCLA 6 2 6. Oklahoma State 8 1 7. Georgia Tech 7 0 8. Florida State 8 2 9. Florida 9 1 10. Tennessee 8 2 11. Stanford 8 1 12. Chattanooga 10 2 13. South Carolina 8 1 14. UNLV 9 2 15. Auburn 8 1