April 12, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State continues play on its spring 2005 schedule as it plays in the 52nd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C., April 15-17. The Seminoles’ participation in the ACC Championship marks the 14th time Florida State has played in the event – each year since joining the league for the 1991-92 academic and athletic year. Florida State finished a program best third place during the 1994 event at Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C. The Seminoles have earned four top-10 team finishes this year with its most recent (eighth place at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate) coming in their last event. The Seminoles earned their best finish of the season – third place – at the Gator Invitational to open the spring 2005 season.
THE 52ND ANNUAL ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 3 ranked Georgia Tech, No. 12 Duke, No. 19 Wake Forest, No. 29 Clemson, No. 39 North Carolina, Maryland, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech at the 52nd annual ACC Championship at the Par 72, 7,100 yard course at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. It marks the ninth year (third consecutive) that the ACC Championship will be decided at the Old North State Club. Clemson enters the event as the two-time defending champion. Sean Moore of Wake Forest won the individual championship in 2004.
FLORIDA STATE’S ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HISTORY
Florida State finished sixth in the 2002 ACC Championship to mark its best finish since finishing fifth during the 1997 season. The Seminoles finished third in the 1994 ACC Championship and fourth in the 1996 event for its two best finishes since joining the conference. The Seminoles participated in their first ACC Tournament in 1992 and this season will mark their 14th ACC tournament as a member of the conference. Bobby Cochran (second place, 212 score in 1994), Christian Raynor (second place, 211 score in 1995) and George McNeil (second place, 212 score in 1996) have earned the top individual finishes for the Seminoles during ACC Championship play.
Seminoles’ Team Finishes At The ACC Championship
1992 9th, 880 1997 5th, 897 2002 6th, 868
1993 8th, 895 1998 7th, 866 2003 8th, 917
1994 3rd, 877 1999 9th 919 2004 7th, 875
1995 5th, 870 2000 9th, 911
1996 4th, 873 2001 8th, 897
FLORIDA STATE AT THE 2004 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Rusty Mosley carded a one-under par 71 in the final round and finished in a tie for 21st place to lead the Seminoles to a seventh place finish at the 51st Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Golf Club at Uhwarrie Point in 2004. Mosley led a trio of Seminoles who finished at or under par in the third round as the Seminoles carded their third-best team round of the season. Florida State’s seventh place team finish was an improvement of one position from its eighth place finish during the 2003 season.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2005 SEASON)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jacob Davis 2 5 4 4 71 364 72.80
Jonas Blixt 5 14 3 9 68 1,032 73.71
Bradley Ruch 2 6 2 3 71 443 73.83
Torstein Nevestad 3 8 1 6 71 591 73.88
Song Jeon 5 14 2 7 69 1,039 74.21
Rusty Mosley 2 5 1 2 72 375 75.00
Mark Sestilio 1 3 0 0 75 228 76.00
Tommy Rymer 3 8 1 2 69 690 76.67
Matt Adcock 2 6 0 2 73 462 77.00
Adam Wallace 2 6 0 1 73 485 80.83
EARNING ALL-ACC HONORS
George McNeil, in 1998, is the most recent of five Florida State golfers to earn All-ACC honors since the Seminoles joined the conference in 1992. Christian Raynor, in 1994 and 1995, is the only two-time All-ACC men’s golf selection from Florida State.
FLORIDA STATE’S SPRING SEASON
Florida State earned three top-10 finishes including a third place finish at the season opening Gator Invitational. The Seminoles also finished in sixth place in the Seminole Intercollegiate and in eighth place at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate. Freshman Jonas Blixt (Nassjo, Sweden) earned his first career individual championship as he claimed medalist honors at the Gator Invitational. A total of five different Seminoles earned top 15 individual finishes during the season with Blixt leading the way at the Gator. Freshman Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) earned his career-best finish tied for fifth at the Gator while Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) finished in a tie for 12th and sophomore Bradley Ruch (Louisville, Ky.) and Jacob Davis (DeLand, Fla.) finished in a tie for 15th at the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate.
SEMINOLES’ TOP FINISH COMES AT GATOR
Seminole freshman Jonas Blixt earned medalist honors for the first time in his career and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in third place in the team standings at the 27th annual Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course. Blixt shot a career-best 68 in the final round to gain the first individual win by a Florida State golfer since the spring 2001 season. The individual victory by Blixt marked the first win by a Seminole golfer since Mark Donaldson earned individual medalist honors at the Cavalier Classic during the spring 2001 season. The Seminoles’ team finish was also the best since a third place finish at the same Cavalier Classic.
BLIXT ESTABLISHED AMONG TOP ACC FRESHMAN
Freshman Jonas Blixt has established himself as one of the top freshmen in the ACC and is one of the top candidates for ACC Freshman of the Year honors. As one of only five ACC players to win an individual title this year, Blixt is the only freshman to capture medalist honors. In addition, Blixt is Florida State’s leader in tournaments played (nine), rounds (26), scores at par or better (five), scores in the 60’s (two) and low single-round score (68). He is ranked second on the team with a 74.00 stroke average for the year and has a 73.71 stoke average in five events during the spring season.
2004-05 ACC Individual Medalists
Player, School Class Event Score
Jonas Blixt, FSU Fr. Gator Invite. 209
Ryan Blaum, Duke Jr. Isleworth 208
John Eades, Md. Jr. Princeton 214
Martin Ureta, UNC So. Duke Classic 210
Tyler Whitman, Md. So. McLaughlin 212
NEVESTAD MAKES A DENT DESPITE LATE START
Sophomore Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway), a transfer student-athlete from Florida Atlantic University, became eligible as a Seminole midway through the spring season and has made quite a dent on the lineup. He played in each of the Seminoles’ last three events as a member of the starting lineup and has helped the Seminoles earn two top-10 team finishes. Nevestad led the Seminoles as he finished in a tie for 12th place in the individual standings in the Seminole Intercollegiate (his first event) and has finished among Florida State’s top three in all three events.
Nevestad Fits Right In
Category No. Team Rank
Pct. of Rounds Counted 938 (7.5/8) 1st
Best Finish T12th 3rd
Low Tournament 219 T3rd
Stroke Average 73.88 4th
Low Round 71 T6th
JEON ALSO PERFORMING WELL AS A FRESHMAN
Freshman Song Jeon, who finished in a tie for fifth at the Gator Invitational, is enjoying a standout first year for Florida State. He has played in seven of the Seminoles’ nine events and is ranked fourth on the team with a 75.30 stroke average. Jeon played his best golf at the Gator where he established personal bests for finish (tied for fifth, single-round score (69 in the third round), 36-hole score (143) and tournament score (212). His 69 (-1) score in the third round of the Gator is the third best of the spring season for the Seminoles. Jeon finished only three strokes behind Jonas Blixt in the individual standings in the event as the Seminoles finished in third place in the team standings.
RUCH BACK IN THE LINEUP FOR ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Sophomore Bradley Ruch, who finished in a tie for 29th place at the 2004 ACC Championship, will compete for the Seminoles at this year’s conference championship. He is among the Seminoles’ leaders this spring with a 73.83 stroke average in two tournaments. Ruch finished in a tie for 15th place at the Seminole Intercollegiate and in a tie for 32nd at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational. Ruch played well in the 2004 ACC Championship with a four-over par score of 220 (tied for his fourth best career tournament score) after carding a one-under par 71 in the second round of the event.
DAVIS LEADS FSU IN SPRING STROKE AVERAGE
Junior Jacob Davis led the Seminoles with a 72.80 stroke average in two events during the spring season. He led the Seminoles with an even-par 144 score at the rain shortened Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate and finished with a four-over par score of 220 at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Davis led the Seminoles as he finished in a tie for 25th place at the Courtyard and earned his career best tied for 15th place finish at the Seminole. David carded his career-best single round score of 71 in the first round of the Seminole.
MOSLEY CLOSES OUT STRONG SEMINOLE CAREER
Senior Rusty Mosley closed out his career in fine fashion during the spring of 2005 as he earned his way back into the Seminoles’ starting lineup for the final two events of the season. He carded an even par 72 in his final regular season round at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate. Mosley played in 35 career events during his career and will earn his degree in social science on April 29.
SEMINOLES BY THE NUMBERS…
…A total of five Seminole golfers have carded 11 rounds under par this spring. Freshman Jonas Blixt leads the way with six rounds of minus-par golf;
…One Seminole – Jonas Blixt – finished under par during a tournament this spring. Blixt finished with a one-under par 209 in earning medalist honors at the Gator Invitational;
…Florida State’s best team round – minus 2/286 – came in the first round of the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate. Two of the Seminoles’ top four rounds of the spring season came in the first round of a tournament. The Seminoles’ shot a 291 to open the season at the Gator Invitational and closed the season with a 286 at the Courtyard by Marriott;
…Jonas Blixt carded the Seminoles’ best round of the spring season – a 68 – in the third round of the Gator Invitational;
…Florida State utilized five different starting lineups during the spring season.
SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR FOR NEXT SEASON
A pair of two-time high school All-Americans – Matt Savage (Louisville, KY./St. Xavier) and Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla./Belleview) – have signed National Letters of Intent to play golf and earn a first-rate education at Florida State. Smith is the nation’s 11th ranked prep golfer while Savage is the 35th ranked high school golfer nationally. Both players will begin playing golf and attending class during the fall semester of the 2005-06 academic year. Both Savage and Smith have been very successful during their high school and junior golf careers and will compete immediately for spots in the Seminoles’ starting lineup.