Nov. 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University junior golfer Jonas Blixt is ranked 16th in the national collegiate individual rankings as released by GolfWeek Magazine on Oct. 30. He closed the fall season as the top golfer on a talented Florida State squad and the top ranked golfer in the ACC. Blixt earned three top ten finishes and led the Seminoles with a 72.77 stroke average in four events during the fall 2006 season.
“With a lot of help from Coach Jones and a lot of encouragement from my teammates, I have been working hard to get where I am in the nationally rankings” said Blixt. “I am encouraged but not satisfied and haven’t yet reached the goals I have set for myself or the goals we have set for our team. We are all going to continue working hard to reach those goals.”
In the season opening Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio, Blixt carded a team best 72 in the third round and finished in a tie for 29th while helping the FSU golf team to a ninth place finish.
Blixt carried his momentum into the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate two week after the Inverness Intercollegiate. He tied a career low with an opening 68 and finished the round in a tie for first place in the individual standings. After carding a 76 on day two, Blixt seemed to have lost his momentum he had built up from his last two rounds. Judging from his final round at the Inverness Intercollegiate, Blixt is great at making adjustments. Blixt came out on the final day and shot a new career low 67 to outlast Brian Noonan of LSU and win the individual championship by three strokes. Blixt managed to erase a seven stroke deficit going into the final round and helped lead Florida State to a third place finish in the team standings. The win was the second of his career as he also claimed the title at the spring 2005 Gator invitational.
Blixt continued to roll two weeks later at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. Beginning the final round, Blixt was scored in fifth place and only four strokes behind the leader. He played well in the third round but was unable to move up in the standings and finished in a tie for fifth.
At the Isleworth Intercollegiate in Orlando, Blixt continued his consistent play with three straight rounds of 73 to finish the week tied for sixth. He survived a couple of bogies on the back nine and finished just three strokes behind the winner. Blixt finished a stellar fall campaign with three straight top 10 finishes.
In four fall events, Blixt earned three top-10 finishes. Although he had played four fewer tournaments in the fall compared to the eight tournaments he played during the spring of 2006.
“Jonas has learned a great deal about his golf game and this has allowed him to make better decisions on the golf course.” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “He enjoys playing golf as much as anyone I have coached. Because of this, look for him to continue to improve and win golf tournaments.