March 10, 2008
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –
The No. 13 ranked Florida State men’s golf team charged toward the team championship of the General Jim Hackler Invitational at the TPC of Myrtle Beach but fell three strokes short of Wake Forest as it attempted to win consecutive tournaments after claiming the team championship of last week’s Seminole Intercollegiate. The Seminoles began the final round 13 strokes behind the team leader and made a steady climb up the leader board only to fall three strokes shorts of the Demon Deacons for the team title.
Seminole freshman Drew Kittleson, who carded a four-over par 76, earned the first ace of his collegiate career as he holed the par three 13th hole in one shot.
“I am proud of the guys for coming out competing to win today,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “The greens were extremely hard and with pins in difficult locations it put a premium on all facets of their games. A one dimensional player was not going to play well on this course. Wake Forest played a very good round and we made a few mistakes on the 14th hole that made it difficult to overcome.”
The Seminoles earned their third consecutive top-two team finish after a second place standing at the spring-season opening Gator Invitational and team victory at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Junior All-American Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) led the Seminoles for the first time this spring as he finished in a tie for sixth place. He carded a 71 in the second round and a 74 in the third round. Savage has earned two consecutive top-15 individual finishes.
Senior All-American Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) finished in a tie for 12th in the individual standings with a one over par score of 73 in the third round and a 224 total for the three round event. He has earned three consecutive top-12 finishes this spring. Blixt carded scores of 73 in the first and third rounds of this week’s tournament.
Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished in a tie for 27th place with scores of 77-76-76 and a 54-hole total of 229. He has two top-10 finishes in three events this spring.
The Seminoles continue their spring season at the United States Collegiate Championship March 24-26 in Alpharetta at the Country Club of Georgia.
General Jim Hackler Invitational/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Myrtle Beach, S.C./TPC of Myrtle Beach/March 9-10, 2008 2/15. Florida State 301 301 298 900 T6. Matt Savage 77 71 74 222 T12. Jonas Blixt 73 78 73 224 T14. Seath Lauer 74 76 75 225 T27. Drew Kittleson 77 76 76 229 T58. Cameron Knight 80 79 79 238
General Jim Hackler Invitational/Par 72/Final Team Results Myrtle Beach, S.C./TPC of Myrtle Beach/March 9-10, 2008 1. Wake Forest 897 9. Augusta State 919 2. Florida State 900 10. Pepperdine 921 3. Duke 901 11. Northwestern 922 4. Coastal Carolina 903 12. North Carolina 923 5. Louisville 906 13. UNC Wilmington 939 6. Lamar 909 14. Tulsa 944 T7. North Florida 915 15. Georgia Southern 956 T7. East Tennessee St 915