May 4, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State’s Jonas Blixt and Matt Savage have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf team, as selected by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. It marks the first time since the 1994 season that two Seminole men’s golfers have earned All-ACC honors in the same season and the first time since 1998 that a Seminole has earned All-ACC honors.
Florida State was one of only four ACC teams to earn multiple selections with the Seminoles, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest all placing two players on the all-conference team. Since joining the ACC and competing in golf since 1992, a total of five Seminoles had earned All-ACC honors. Christian Raynor, who earned All-ACC honors in 1994 and 1995 is the only two-time honoree in school history. George McNeil, who is currently playing on the PGA Tour, was the last Seminole to earn All-ACC honors in 1998.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) was an automatic member of the All-ACC team as the individual medialist at the ACC Championship in April. He carded a career-best 65 in the final round of the conference championship tournament to become the first player in school history to win the ACC individual championship. His 65 in the third round of the ACC Championship is currently ranked as the third best round by any player in the league this season. Blixt leads the ACC in individual championships this season with two and has earned three career individual championships. He is averaging a career-best 72.74 strokes in 27 rounds during nine tournaments this spring.
“Coach Jones has put everyone on this team in a great position to be successful on the golf course,” said Blixt. “His teaching methods and ability to help he players achieve is one of the reasons I came to Florida State to earn a degree and play golf. I am excited about the clear cut direction of this program and am just happy to play my part.”
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) is ranked sixth in the ACC in the latest individual head-to-head rankings by GolfStat. He is not finished outside of the top-25 in the individual standings in any of the nine tournaments in which he has played this year. Savage earned his career-best finish of third place at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate during the fall 2006 season and has finished three of his nine events under par. He is averaging 73.33 strokes in nine events this year.
“It’s a great honor to be thought of so highly by the coaches in the ACC,” said Savage. “To be recognized on the all-conference team in the best conference in the country is both exciting and humbling at the same time. This honor also goes to my teammates and our coaching staff who push me to be a better player every day. It also says a lot about Coach Jones and what he has done for this program. It’s amazing what he has done with the program in four years and even more amazing to think of where he will take this program in the future.”
“I am really excited for both Jonas and Matt,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “They have really worked hard and are both testaments to the success you can achieve with hard work. The desire that both players have to be successful as individuals and teammates is incredible. The amazing thing about Jonas and Matt is their competitiveness; their personal expectations that they can win each event they are in has helped earn them this honor. Their competitive spirit that they both have when a tournament begins is incredible.”
Blixt, a junior, and Savage, a sophomore, expect to hear Florida State’s team named called when the NCAA Regional Championship teams area announced on Monday. The Seminoles are ranked 24th nationally by GolfStat and 25th by GolfWeek Magazine.