Sept. 20, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which is currently ranked eighth in the nation in this week’s Golf World / Nike Coaches’ Poll, plays its second event of the fall season as it participates in the PING / GolfWeek Preview at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at Purdue University on Sept. 22 and 23. The preview provides teams expected to compete in the 2008 NCAA Championships an opportunity to play on the same course where the 2008 NCAA Championship will be contested. The event will be played on Purdue’s Kempen Course, a par-72, 7,467-yard Pete Dye designed layout. The Seminoles’ participation marks the first time they have played in the event.
THE 2007 PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW FIELD
No. 8 Florida State is joined by No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Charlotte, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 14 Coastal Carolina, No. 16 UNLV, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 18 Louisville, No. 21 Lamar, No. 25 Georgia State, Minnesota and Purdue in the PING/GolfWeek Preview at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
RANKING THE SEMINOLES
Florida State is ranked eighth in this week’s Golf World/Nike Coaches’ Poll – a move into the national top 10 precipitated by its season-opening team championship at the Inverness Intercollegiate. The Seminoles began the fall season ranked 15th in Golf Week’s pre-season poll and earned the biggest jump of any team in the poll as they moved up seven spots to their current position. The Seminoles are the highest ranked of the five ACC teams in the poll and are ranked ahead of four teams who finished in the top 10 of the team standings at the 2007 NCAA Championship.
SEMINOLES EARN TEAM VICTORY AT INVERNESS INTERCOLLEGIATE
Florida State won its first team championship since 1998 as it claimed the title of the Inverness Intercollegiate at the Inverness Club on Sept. 11. The team championship was the first for the Seminoles since winning the U.S. Collegiate Championship during the spring of 1998. Seminole senior All-America Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) finished in a tie for first place in the individual standings to earn the fourth individual championship of his collegiate career. Junior All-America Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) finished in a tie for fifth place as he closed the event with a team-leading 71 in the third round. Florida State took the lead late in the first round and held the top spot for most of the remainder of the event to win the first team championship for Head Coach Trey Jones in his five-year career at Florida State. The win marked the ninth career championship for Jones and first since he led his Georgia State Panthers to the 2001 Trans Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship. The Seminoles defeated second place Michigan State by six strokes. The team championship was the first for the Florida State men’s golf program since the spring of 1998 – a span of 109 events — without claiming a team championship.
BLIXT EARNS FOURTH CAREER WIN AT INVERNESS
Senior All-American Jonas Blixt earned the fourth individual title of his Seminole career as he finished in a tie for first at the Inverness Intercollegiate. Blixt finished in a tie for first despite shooting a four-over par 75 in the third and final round. He entered the final round with a two stroke lead over Ryan Brehm of Michigan State. The pair finished the event tied with identical scores of 210 as Blixt carded a 75 in the final round and Brehm a 73. Both Blixt and Brehm began the final hole of the event tied and both players earned a birdie on the par four 18th hole to finish the match all square. Blixt has also earned medalist honors at the spring 2005 Gator Invitational, the fall 2006 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate and the spring 2007 ACC Championship.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2007) Name Tourn. Rds Par -Par Low Strokes Avg Jonas Blixt 1 3 2 3 67 210 70.00 Matt Savage 1 3 2 3 68 214 71.33 Seath Lauer 1 3 1 2 71 219 73.00 Tommy Rymer 1 3 1 1 70 222 74.00 Drew Kittleson 1 3 0 1 75 225 75.00