May 1, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University senior All-America Jonas Blixt has been named to the European Palmer Cup Team for the second consecutive year in 2008. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 26-27 at the Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links as the top collegiate players from the United States tee off against their counterparts from Europe. The European team – who will be coached by Mårten Olander of Sweden – has won the past two events in Europe but trails the United States in the series, 6-4-1.
Blixt won three of his four matches last year but was unable to lift Europe past the United States in the 2007 Palmer Cup at Caves Valley Country Club in Baltimore, Md. He earned a 1-1 record in individual matches and was a perfect 2-0 in doubles competition.
Blixt will be joined by Stirling University’s Scott Borrowman, Johnnie Caldwell of South Alabama, Indiana’s Jorge Campillo, Jonas Enander Hedin of Charlotte, Tennessee’s Charlie Ford, Gareth Shaw of East Tennessee State and Southern California’s Tim Sluiter on the European team. Blixt, Campillo and Shaw competed in last year’s matches.
The Seminole men’s golf team, led by All-America teammates of Blixt and Matt Savage, won their first ever Atlantic Coast Conference championship on April 20 as they defeated Duke by three strokes at the 55th Annual ACC Championship at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. The Seminoles defeated the Blue Devils by four stokes in the third round as they rallied from a one stroke deficit after two rounds to claim the school’s first ever ACC championship in the sport of golf.
The Seminoles are currently awaiting the announcement of the NCAA Regional teams on May 5. As the champion of the ACC, the Seminoles have earned an automatic bid and will play in the regional for a third consecutive year under fifth-year head coach Trey Jones. It will mark the first time since the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons that the Seminoles will play in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
Blixt earned his bachelor’s degree in multinational business operations in April of 2008 only five days after leading the Seminoles to the ACC men’s golf championship.