June 6, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State University golfers Jonas Blixt and Matt Savage, who helped lead the Seminoles to a tie for 13th place finish in last week’s NCAA Championship finals, have been named to the Ping Division I All-America teams. Blixt earned All-America Second-Team honors and Savage earned All-America Honorable Mention accolades.
It marks the first time since 1995 that two Florida State golfers have earned All-America honors in the same season and the first time since 1998 that at least one Seminole has been named to one of the All-America teams. Blixt was named as a member of the 10-member second team while Savage was one of 29 golfers to earn honorable mention honors.
Both Blixt (a junior) and Savage (a sophomore) have now earned All-America, Regional All-America and All-ACC Honors this season. Blixt led the team with a career-low 71.80 stroke average while Savage ranked second with a career-low 72.16 stroke average. The Seminoles finished in a tie for 13th at the NCAA Division I Championship, fifth place in the NCAA East Regional Championship and in a tie for fourth at the ACC Championship. The Seminoles’ finish at the Division I Championship marked only the fourth time since 1980 that they have finished in the top 15 in the final standings of the national tournament.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) earned individual medalist honors at the 2007 ACC Championship to become the first golfer in Florida State history to win the ACC title. He then finished in a tie for eighth place in the regional championship and in a tie for 29th place in the national championship. Incredibly, he finished at even par for the entire spring season in a total of eight events. He turned in the most outstanding performance of the first three years of his career in winning the ACC Championship at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Blixt carded his single-round career-best score of 65 in the final round, his career best three-round tournament score of 208 and his career-best three-round tournament score vs. par of minus eight in winning the event by one stroke.
Blixt begins play Thursday in the Palmer Cup — the annual Ryder Cup-style competition between American collegiate golfers and their counterparts from Europe at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) finished in a tie for ninth at the NCAA Championship which was held last week at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. It was the highest individual finish for a Seminole since Andy Purnell finished sixth at the NCAA’s in 1990. Nolan Henke finished in second place in the individual standings in 1987. Savage earned 11 top-25 finishes in his 12 events this season and finished no lower than 37th place in any of the tournaments he played as a sophomore. He was a cumulative total of five strokes over par in the Seminoles’ big three events this spring – the ACC Championship, the NCAA East Regional and the NCAA Championship.
“I am honored to be selected as an All-American as a sophomore” said Savage. “The honor is great but a lot of the credit has to go to Coach Jones whose vision for the golf program here at Florida State is one that I really believe in and to my teammates who played so well all season long. This is just the beginning for the Seminole golf program; our ultimate goal is to win the national championship. With the caliber of players on our roster and with the incoming freshmen, I only hope I can keep myself in the line-up next season.”
The Seminoles enjoyed their best season under fourth-year Head Coach Trey Jones. The team advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 1996, played in consecutive NCAA Regional championships for the first time since the 1995 and 1996 seasons and earned seven top-five team finishes in 12 events during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 seasons.
“Both Jonas and Matt really worked hard this season and I am happy to see them earn this recognition,” said Jones. “Both players value being named All-American understand what the honor means. I am proud of them and all of the players on our team because individual honors are not won without team success.”