Sept. 23, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Fresh from its third place finish in the season opening Tennessee Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Tennessee, the Florida State men’s golf team travels to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the inaugural 16-team Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Sept. 26-27. The event is a two-day, 54-hole event which includes four of the top 25 teams in the most recent GolfWeek Magazine national rankings. The teams will play one round of 36 holes on Monday (Sept. 26) and finish the event with one round of 18 holes on Tuesday (Sept. 27).
THE SHOAL CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 24 Alabama, Birmingham Southern, East Tennessee State, No. 7 Florida, No. 23 Georgia State, LSU, NC State, North Florida, Notre Dame, SMU, No. 13 Tennessee, Toledo, UCF and the Alabama Birmingham, the host school, in the Inaugural Shoal Creek Intercollegiate at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Birmingham. The event will be played on the par, 72, 7200 yard course at the famed Shoal Creek Golf Club which was the site of the 1990 PGA Championship Tournament which was won by Wayne Grady.
SEMINOLES FINISH IN THIRD PLACE AT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Florida State finished third in the team standings and was led by freshmen Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) and Nicholas Smith (Belleview, Fla.) who finished tied for 18th in the individual standings at the 18th Annual Tennessee Tournament of Champions. The Seminoles’ team finish marked its best since a third place finish at the 2005 Gator Invitational and tied for the best finish under third-year head coach Trey Jones. Tennessee won the team championship as it set numerous tournament records on its way to a 32-stroke win in the team standings. The host Volunteers set tournament records for low single round and low tournament scores. Savage played well throughout the event and finished with a one-over par total of 214 in his first career tournament. After carding a one-under par 70 in the first round, he closed the event with a pair of 72’s on the way to his first career top-20 finish. Smith, who carded a three-under par 68 in the first round, also finished with a 214 total after playing the first two rounds at three under par.
SORTING OUT THE SCORING TOTALS AT THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
All five of Florida State’s golfers finished with at least one round at par or better for a total of seven rounds of par or better golf during the season-opening Tennessee Tournament of Champions. By comparison, the Seminoles carded a total of 15 rounds at par or better during the entire spring 2005 season.
PAIR OF FRESHMEN LEAD SEMINOLES DURING FIRST EVENT
Florida State was led by freshmen Matt Savage and Nicholas Smith at the season-opening Tennessee Tournament of Champions. The pair combined to finish two strokes over par for their six rounds of play in the first collegiate event for both players. The fabulous freshmen duo finished with identical one-over par scores (214) and in the same place in the individual standings (tied for 18th). In addition both players carded one score at below par (Smith a 68 and Savage a 70) and finished with all three single round scores at 75 or better.
NAEVESTAD CARDS CAREER LOW 68 IN TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Junior Torstein Naevestad (Oslo, Norway) carded his career-best single round score of 68 in the third round of the season-opening Tennessee Tournament of Champions. He played he best round of gold during the tournament over the final 18 holes with a three-under par performance after finishing the first two rounds with a six-over par total of 148. Naevestad earned the 12th top-25 individual finish of his career as he finished in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings of the TOC.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2005)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Matt Savage 1 3 1 3 70 214 71.33
Nicholas Smith 1 3 2 3 68 214 71.33
Jonas Blixt 1 3 2 3 70 215 71.67
Torstein Naevestad 1 3 1 3 68 216 72.00
Song Jeon 1 3 1 2 71 220 73.33