April 19, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team begins post-season play as it participates in the 53rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie Point, N.C. April 21-23, 2006. The ACC Championship is being played at the Old North State Club for the fifth consecutive year and for the 10th time in the history of the championship which began in 1954. Florida State first participated in the ACC Championship in 1992 and earned its top finish of third at the 1994 championship at the Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C. The Seminoles have earned three top-four team finishes this spring and are looking for a strong performance at the ACC Championship to lead them into regional play for the first time since 1996.
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE FIELD
Florida State, which is ranked 37 in the most recent GolfStat/Sagarin rankings, is joined by No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Clemson, No. 14 Duke, No. 15 North Carolina, No. 26 Wake Forest, No. 30 NC State, Boston College, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech in the 53rd annual ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point.
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 2005 7th, 898 1996 4th, 873 2001 8th, 897
FLORIDA STATE AT THE 2005 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) finished in a tie for 12th place and Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) in a tie for 18th to lead the Seminoles to a seventh place finish at the 52nd Annual ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. Jeon earned the highest finish by a Seminole since the Peter Mitchell finished in ninth place during the 2002 conference championship. Jeon (Seoul, Korea) finished in a tie for 12th place as he carded a two-over par 74 in the third round for a 221 total. He played three rounds at 74 or better (74-73-74) during the event to earn the second top 15 finish of his Seminole career. Duke won its first ACC title since 1966 as it defeated Georgia Tech by four strokes in the final team standings. Duke’s Ryan Blaum, who led the individual race wire-to-wire, became the first Blue Devil to win the individual championship since 1999.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2005 SPRING 2006 COMBINED) Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg. Torstein Nevestad 10 30 7 24 65 2,178 72.60 Jonas Blixt 9 27 13 20 69 1,974 73.11 Song Jeon 5 15 3 8 69 1,119 74.60 Matt Savage 8 24 5 13 68 1,782 74.25 Nicholas Smith 9 27 8 16 68 2,016 74.67 Tommy Rymer 7 21 3 14 67 1,571 74.81 Bradley Ruch 3 9 2 6 72 686 76.22
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.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
George McNeil, with a second place finish in 1996, has earned the most recent top individual finish by a Seminole player in the during Florida State’s 14 years of participation in the ACC Championship. McNeil, second place in 1995, along with Christian Raynor in 1995 and Bobby Cochran in 1994 have all earned second place individual finishes in the ACC Championship.
FLORIDA STATE’S SPRING SEASON
Florida State has earned three top five team finishes (tied for second at the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate, third at the Gator Invitational, and tied for fourth at the General Jim Hackler Invitational), earned two top-10 individual finishes (Torstein Nevestad tied for sixth at the Gator Invitational and sixth at the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate) and has a cumulative stroke average of 74.20 in a total of 93 rounds. A total of seven golfers have competed for the Seminoles this spring and together they have played 20 rounds of par or better golf and 56 rounds of golf with scores of 75 or lower. Led by Nevestad’s 65 in the first round of the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate, five of the Seminoles’ seven golfers who have competed this spring have earned scores of 69 or better.
SEMINOLE GOLF BY THE NUMBERS…
…Two Seminoles (Torstein Nevestad at the Gator Invitational and the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate) and Jonas Blixt (at the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate) have earned a total of three top-10 individual finishes in six events this spring. That total matches Florida State’s total of top-10 individual finishes in six events during the spring of 2005. The Seminoles enter the 2006 ACC Championship with at least two events to surpass the total of three top-10 finishes;
…Florida State has earned three top four team finishes this spring (third at the Gator Invitational, second at the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate and tied for fourth at the General Jim Hackler). The Seminoles earned one top-four team finish (third at the Gator Invitational) during the spring of 2005;
…Jonas Blixt shot a two-under par 69 and Tommy Rymer an even-par 71 in the first round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. It marked the sixth time during the spring season that a pair of Seminoles had shot par or better in the same round. Blixt has been one-half of five of those twosomes;
…A total of five different Seminole players have shot a total of six rounds in the 60’s through the first six events of the spring season. Torstein Nevestad (a team-low 65 in the first round of the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate and a 69 the first round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational) is the only Florida State player with two scores of below 70 this spring. A total of three Seminoles (Blixt, Tommy Rymer and Song Jeon) carded a total of three rounds in the 60’s during the entire spring 2005 season;
…Junior Torstein Nevestad has played in a team high 10 consecutive events. He has played in every event for the Seminoles since finishing in a tie for 12th in the spring 2005 Seminole Intercollegiate.
NEVESTAD CARDS 65 AT LEXUS/NEXUS INTERCOL.
Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) carded a seven-under par score of 65 in the first round of the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate. He finished in sixth place in the event with a five under par total of 216. Nevestad’s career-best score of 65 was the best single-round score by a Seminole since All-American Christian Raynor also shot a 65 in the first round of the Imperial Lakes Classic during the fall of 1993. Raynor was an All-American in 1995 and an All-ACC First-Team selection in 1994. Nevestad is one of five ACC golfers to card a score of 65 this year.
FLORIDA STATE LINEUP AT THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State’s lineup at the ACC Championship will consist of junior Torstein Nevestad, sophomores Jonas Blixt and Song Jeon and freshmen Matt Savage and Nicholas Smith. The trio of Nevestad, Blixt and Jeon competed for the Seminoles in the 2005 ACC Championship while Savage and Smith are playing in their first conference championship tournaments.
Seminoles' Lineup For ACC Championship Player LRS LTS BF SA Torstein Nevestad 73 (05) 227 (05) T30 (05) 75.67 (05) Jonas Blixt 73 (05) 223 (05) T18 (05) 74.33 (05) Song Jeon 73 (05) 221 (05) T12 (05) 73.67 (05) Matt Savage First Career ACC Championship Nicholas Smith First Career ACC Championship LRS=low round score; LTS=low tournament score; BF=best finish; SA=stroke average
NEVESTAD LOOKING FOR A 13-YEAR BEST
Junior Torstein Nevestad enters the ACC Championships with a 72.11 stroke average for the fall and spring seasons combined. His average, if he can keep it under 72.44 for the season, will be the lowest stroke average since Christian Raynor finished the 1995 season with a 71.61 average.
Top Seminole Stroke Averages Since 1995 Year Player Stroke Average 2006 Torstein Nevestad 72.11 2005 Jonas Blixt 74.03 2004 Rusty Mosley 74.16 2003 Rusty Mosley 73.76 2002 Peter Mitchell 73.75 2001 Mark Donaldson 74.20 2000 Mark Donaldson 74.48 1999 Craig Cochran 74.83 1998 George McNeil 72.44 1997 George McNeil 73.46 1996 Richard Fulford 74.00 George McNeil 74.00 1995 Christian Raynor 71.61
NEVESTAD ENJOYING BEST SEASON
Junior Torstein Nevestad enters his second career ACC Championship as the Seminoles’ leader with a career-best 72.11 stroke average in 18 rounds during six tournaments this spring. He leads the team with 13 of 18 rounds with scores at 75 or less and has carded five rounds at par or better. Nevestad has carded nearly times as many rounds at par or better during the spring (five) as compared to his fall 2005 total (two).
BLIXT IMPROVES BY NEARLY ONE FULL STROKE
Sophomore Jonas Blixt enters the 2006 ACC Championship averaging a career-best 73.11 strokes per round in nine events during the fall and spring seasons combined. He is averaging nearly one full stroke less this season than he did as a freshman (74.10). He has already carded more than twice as many rounds with scores of par or better this year (13) in nine tournaments as compared to last year (six) in 10 events. Blixt carded a season-low 69 in the first round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational to come within one stroke of tying his career-best round of 68 which came during the third round of the spring 2005 Gator Invitational.
JEON AT HIS BEST AS ACC CHAMPIONSHIP ARRIVES
Sophomore Song Jeon has begun to play well at the right time of the season for the Seminoles. After missing the first two events of the spring, he carded four of six rounds at scores of 75 or better in back-to-back events at the General Jim Hackler and Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitationals. Jeon carded his season-low of 70 while competing in the Seminole Intercollegiate as an individual. Jeon finished in a team-best tied for 12th place at the 2005 ACC Championship.