May 14, 2007
GREENSBORO, Ga. –
Florida State freshman Seath Lauer played the best tournament of his collegiate career in finishing in a tie for fourth place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles to a third place finish in the Linger Longer Invitational at the Oconee Course at the Reynolds Plantation. The Seminoles had three of their five players finish under par for the 54-hole tournament that is serving as a tune-up for the teams’ second consecutive appearance in the NCAA East Regional Championship beginning Thursday at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta.
No. 1 ranked Georgia carded the two best team rounds of the tournament including a 12-under par 276 in the third round to win the event by 19 strokes over second place Georgia State and 21 over the third place Seminoles. Georgia’s Chris Kirk finished with a 10-under par 206, including a 65 in the first round, to claim medalist honors. Nine of the 15 teams who participated in the Linger Longer will play in one of the three NCAA Regional championships including Georgia, Florida State, Chattanooga, Georgia State and Charlotte – the top five finishing teams in the tournament.
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) was the Seminoles’ standout as he set personal-best marks for 36-hole score (138), gross tournament score (210), tournament score vs. par (minus 6) and best finish (tied for fourth) in leading the Seminoles to their fourth top three team finish of the year. Lauer carded an even par 70 and only a bogie on his final hole of the tournament kept him from firing three-sub par rounds in the same tournament for the first time in his career. He had three birdies and was one-under par over the front nine and had one bogie and was one-over par on the back nine to finish with an even-par score of 72. Lauer played so well over the course of the 54-hole tournament that he was never over par at any point during the event. His individual finish marked the third top-20 finish of his eight-tournament Seminole career.
Junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) continued to play well as he finished in a tie for eighth place with a four-under par tournament score of 212. He finished the event with an even par 72 in the third round – a round that included four birdies and only three holes over par. Blixt, who became the first Florida State golfer to win an ACC championship in April, is a total of 12-under par in his last six rounds. Blixt now has six top-10 finishes this year and eight for his career.
Senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) continued to play the best golf of his Florida State career as he closed the event with an even-par 72 in the final round. His 215 tournament total is tied for the second best of his Seminole career and was his best score since firing a 211 at the spring 2006 Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate. Nevestad finished in a tie for 17th place to earn his second consecutive and 14th top-20 placing of his collegiate career. He finished in a tie for 19th place in the recently played ACC Championship.
Seminole sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) finished tied for 37th and tied for 44th respectively. Savage closed the event with a 79 after carding a 70 in the first round and a 72 in the second round while Knight closed with a 79 after carding a 71in the first round and a 72 in the second round.
“I am extremely happy with our guys and how they are playing right now,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “We were the only team in a pretty good field with all of our guys at or below par and only two hiccups on the back nine in the third round put two players above par.”
The Seminoles begin play in the NCA East Regional Championship Thursday with this same set of five players. The quintet has played together in the last two events for the Seminoles and has earned a tied for fourth place finish in the ACC Championship and a third place finish in the Linger Longer. Florida State is looking to advance to NCAA Championship final round for the first time since 1996.
“We are right where we want to be going into the regional,” said Jones. “Seath Lauer is a great example of the spirit of this team. He was not the low man last week (at the ACC Championship) and competed to become the low man this week. We are excited about going back to the Country Club of Georgia. If we play like we played all year long we will be just fine in the regional.”
Second Annual Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/Final FSU Results Reynolds Plantation/Oconee Course/Greensboro, Ga./May 13-14, 2007 3/15. Florida State 283 279 294 856 T4. Seath Lauer 70 68 72 210 T8. Jonas Blixt 72 68 72 212 T17. Torstein Nevestad 72 71 72 215 T37. Matt Savage 70 72 78 220 T44. Cameron Knight 71 72 79 222Second Annual Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/Final Team Results Reynolds Plantation/Oconee Course/Greensboro, Ga./May 13-14, 2007 1. Georgia 835 9. Augusta State 870 2. Georgia State 854 10. Memphis 875 3. Florida State 856 11. Louisville 876 4. Tenn.-Chattanooga 863 12. North Carolina 881 T5. Charlotte 864 13. Louisiana State 889 T5. Alabama 864 14. Kennesaw State 907 7. Mississippi State 868 15. Mercer 927 8. Georgia Southern 869