June 2, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State golfers Jonas Blixt and Matt Savage have been named to the PING / All Southeast Regional All-America teams by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It marks the second consecutive season both Blixt and Savage have earned all-region honors and both players are eligible to earn All-America honors for the second year in a row.
“Both Jonas and Matt are very deserving of earning all-region honors,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “They were the cornerstones of our team and led us to an outstanding season. One of the great strengths this year was our team cohesiveness and both Jonas and Matt were a big part of that on top of being outstanding golfers.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) led the Seminoles to the No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Regional Championship with a career-best and team-leading 71.62 stroke average during the spring 2008 season. He finished four of his seven events under par and led Florida State in every statistical category including stroke average, rounds at par or better (11), rounds at 75 or better (17) and rounds scored in the 60’s (six). Blixt led the Seminoles to team victories at the Seminole Intercollegiate and the ACC Championship; the Seminoles’ victory in the ACC Championship was the first ever ACC title in the sport of golf at Florida State.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) enjoyed a strong season as the No. 2 player in the Seminoles’ line-up. He finished second on the team in stroke average (73.17), scores a par or better (nine) and scores at 75 or better (14) while his score of 67 in the first round of the Gator Invitational and in the second round of the ACC Championship was tied for the lowest round among his teammates for the spring season. Savage played the best event of the first three years of his career as he finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings in leading the Seminoles to the team title at the ACC Championship. During the Seminoles’ march to the team title he set personal bests for 36-hole score (135), three round tournament score (208) and tournament score vs. par (-8) as he matched his career-low with a tied for third place finish.
“To have two players earn all-region honors in two consecutive years in one of the most competitive regions of the nations says a great deal about our program,” said Jones. “For Jonas, who will surely earn All-America honors, it caps off a great season and for Matt it is a great start to his senior season. We will miss Jonas and are very thankful for everything he has done for the Seminole golf program. The sky is the limit for Matt who should compete as one of the top golfers in the nation next season.”