May 18, 2007
ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
Florida State’s Jonas Blixt and Matt Savage shot even-par scores of 72 in the second round and the Seminole men’s golf team moved into a tie for ninth place – below the cut line for advancing to the NCAA Championship finals – at the NCAA East Regional Championship at the Country Club of Georgia. The Seminoles earned their top-10 team placing with a 292 team score and are hopeful of securing one of the top-10 team positions heading into Saturday’s third and final round of the championship.
The top 10 teams at the end of the third round will advance to the NCAA Championship finals at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. The Seminoles are looking to advance to the finals for the first time since 1996 and for the 18th time in school history.
Florida State improved its’ team scored by eight strokes (292 from 300) and its’ standing by four positions (tied for ninth from tied for 13th) in the second round as it counted four scores of 75 or below. The Seminoles were led by Blixt and Savage to go along with a 73 by freshman Seath Lauer and a 75 by freshman Cameron Knight. Florida State’s team stroke improvement was the fourth best of any team in the event during the round; North Carolina improved by 19 strokes to move from 19th place up to eighth place.
“Our players showed the resiliency that they have displayed all season long,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “We came out of the gate well and never let up. They were all disappointed after yesterday’s performance and were really looking forward to playing today. We have a bunch of guys who on the course wanting to play well and wanting to move ahead in this tournament.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) has played as the Seminoles’ most consistent golfer with a two-day total of one-over par 145. He has earned scores of 73 and 72 and is in a tie for 11th place in the individual standings heading into the third round. Blixt played his final 16 holes of round at two-under par after beginning the round with a pair of bogies to begin at two-over. He closed the round well with a birdie on the ninth hole – the second time in two days that he had birdied the ninth holes. He was one-over par over his first nine and one-under par on his back nine in the second round.
Sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) rebounded in the second round with an even par 72 after carding a six-over par 78 and is in a tie for 64th place with a two-day total of 150. Savage began the day as hot as only golfer in the field with five birdies on his first nine holes and was a four-under par at the turn. He ran into trouble and was four over par on his first six holes of the second half of his round but recovered and finished with three holes at par to finish the around with an even par 72. Savage recorded six birdies during the round.
Freshman Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) also enjoyed a six-stroke improvement from his first round score as he carded a one-over par 73 in the second round. After carding only one birdie and seven holes over par in scoring a 79 in the first round he finished the second round with two birdies and only three holes over par in the second round. Lauer was under par during the second round (he was not under par at any time in the first round) and was never more than one-stroke over par during the afternoon.
Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) carded a three-over par 75 while senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) finished with a four-over par 76. Knight recorded 12 holes at par or better with three birdies while Nevestad carded 14 holes at par or better with one birdie.
No. 1 ranked Georgia moved into first place in the team standings as the Bulldogs surpassed Georgia Tech to become the overall leader. The Yellow Jackets, who led the team standings after the first round, fell to fourth place and are four strokes behind their intra-state rivals. Florida is in second place and Auburn is in third place. Duke, which is in fifth place, leads a trio of ACC teams in the top 10 with Florida State and Clemson currently tied for ninth and only five strokes behind the fifth place Blue Devils. Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech shot a two-under par 70 and continued to lead the individual standings. He has a two-day total of 137 and is two strokes ahead of Brendon Todd of Georgia.
The Seminoles are paired with Coastal Carolina and North Carolina and will tee of at 8:43 a.m. Saturday morning in the final round.
NCAA East Regional Championship/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./May 17-19, 2007 T9/27. Florida State 300 292 592 T11. Jonas Blixt 73 72 145 T45. Cameron Knight 74 75 149 T56. Matt Savage 78 72 150 T64. Torstein Nevestad 75 76 151 T71. Seath Lauer 79 73 152
NCAA East Regional Championship/Par 72/Second Round Team Results Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./May 17-19, 2007 1. Georgia 675 15. UAB 602 2. Florida 575 16. Jacksonville Stat 604 3. Auburn 577 T17. Tenn.-Chattanooga 605 4. Georgia Tech 578 T17. Maryland 605 5. Duke 581 19. Ole Miss 606 6. Charlotte 587 20. Eastern Michigan 610 7. Coastal Carolina 590 21. Old Dominion 615 8. North Carolina 591 22. St. John's 618 T9. Florida State 592 23. Louisiana Lafayette 628 T9. Clemson 592 24. Rhode Island 631 T11. UCF 593 25. Boston College 631 T11. Georgia State 593 26. Longwood 635 13. Virginia Tech 596 27. Hartford 636 14. Penn State 601