Sept. 25, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team travels to play in its second event of the fall season – the prestigious PING/GolfWeek Preview – at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio on Sept. 28-30. The Preview provides teams expected to compete at the 2009 NCAA Championship an opportunity to play Inverness’ par 71, 7,255 yard layout prior to the championship finals in the spring. One of the premier tournaments in men’s collegiate golf, the Preview features eight teams ranked in the top-10 of GolfWeek’s preseason poll (including No. 8 Florida State) and 14 teams ranked in the top 25.
THE 2008 PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW
No. 8 Florida State is joined by No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Southern Cal, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Clemson, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 Chattanooga, No. 19 Charlotte, No. 22 Tennessee, Alabama, Charlotte, Kent State and Toledo in the power-packed 15-team field. The tournament will be played at the legendary Inverness Club which has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments including four U.S. Opens, one U.S. Amateur and the 1986 and 1993 PGA Championships. After a practice round on Sept. 27, tournament play begins on Sunday and runs through Tuesday with 18 holes being played in each day.
FLORIDA STATE AT LAST YEAR’S PING PREVIEW
Florida State turned in the second-best team score of the final round and finished in seventh place in the team standings at the power-packed PING/GolfWeek Preview at the Kampen Course at Birk Boilermaker Golf Complex in 2008. The Seminoles began the final round in 11th place and gained four positions in the team standings to finish ahead of six teams in the nation’s top 25. Senior All-American Jonas Blixt shot a two-under par 70 in the final round and finished in fifth place in the individual standings.
THREE SEMINOLES RETURN TO PLAY IN THIS YEAR’S PREVIEW
A trio of Seminoles – Matt Savage, Drew Kittleson and Seath Lauer – will play in the PING/GolfWeek Preview for the second consecutive year. Savage finished in a tie for 13th place in the individual standings and was followed by Kittleson (tied for 29th) and Lauer (tied for 63rd) as Florida State finished in seventh place in the 15-team field in 2008. Savage shot a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish with three-over par score of 219.
FORMER SEMINOLE AZINGER LEADS U.S TO VICTORY AT RYDER CUP
Former Seminole All-American and United States Team Captain Paul Azinger led the U.S. to a victory over Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. The victory over the Europeans was the first for the U.S. in Ryder Cup competition since 1999. Azinger attended Florida State before turning professional in 1981. He earned 12 PGA Tour victories including the championship at the 1993 PGA Championship and has been a member of five Ryder Cup Teams.
FLORIDA STATE OPENED FALL SEASON AT FIGHTING ILLINI INVITATIONAL
Sophomore Drew Kittleson and senior All-American Matt Savage finished in a tie for 11th in the individual standings to lead the Seminole men’s golf team to a seventh place finish in the team standings at the Olympia Fields Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club in their season-opening event. Florida State improved its team standing in both the second and third rounds as each of the Seminoles improved individually over the final 36 holes. The Seminoles were in 13th place after the first round, in 10th place after the second round and finished seventh in the final standings. Illinois, the host school, won the team championship with an 11 stoke victory over Indiana.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2008) Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg Matt Savage 1 3 1 3 67 214 71.33 Drew Kittleson 1 3 1 3 70 214 71.33 Brooks Koepka 1 3 0 2 72 225 75.00 Seath Lauer 1 3 0 1 72 228 76.00 Nicholas Smith 1 3 0 2 74 230 76.67