May 31, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. –
Florida State University sophomore Matt Savage retained his top-10 standing and is in seventh place in the individual standings while the Seminole men’s golf team slipped into a tie for 16th place in the team standings at the halfway point of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship on the Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The Seminoles shot a 288 team score as they counted four scores over par as compared to counting only two during the first round.
The Seminoles must improve their standing during Friday’s third round or risk being eliminated from the tournament. After the first 54 holes (three rounds) of the 72-hole event the field is cut in half with the teams in the top 15 advancing to play in the fourth and final round and the bottom 15 teams seeing their seasons come to an end.
Savage (Louisville, Ken.) continued to play consistently as he finished even-par on his front nine and one-under par on his back-nine. He totaled two birdies on both sides and other than three bogeys during the round played flawless golf. Savage’s 136 total is the best 36-hole total of he career and his rounds of 67-69 mark the first time during his collegiate career that he has carded consecutive rounds in the 60’s. Savage begins the third round only four strokes behind Bronson LaCassie of Minnesota who holds the two-round lead with a 132 total. LaCassie has carded superb rounds of 67 and 65.
“The thing that interested me about Matt when I was recruiting him is that he plays big in big tournaments,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “The bigger the event the bigger he seems to play. I would not be surprised if goes out and shoots low again tomorrow.”
Junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) also continued to play well as he carded a one-over par 71. He is in a tie for 23rd place with a two day total of 140 and is only three strokes from moving into the top 10 in the individual standings. Blixt was cruising through his second sub-par round when disaster struck on his next to last hole of the round as he carded a triple-bogey seven on the par four 17th hole. He went from two-under par after 16 holes to one-over par at the end of the round. Prior to the 17th hole, Blixt carded five birdies as was as high a tied for third in the individual standings.
Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) played the Seminoles’ third-best round of the afternoon and finished with a two-over par 72. Knight was two-over par on his front nine and even-par on his back nine. Knight recovered from four bogeys over his first seven holes to finish at a one-under par mark over his final 11 holes. After carding his fourth bogey of the afternoon on hole seven, he closed his round with eight holes at par, two birdies and only one bogey. Knight has a two-round total of 147.
Freshman Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ill.) improved his score by three strokes to a 76 as compared to his first round score of 79. Lauer carded three birdies in the second round after carding zero in his first round. Senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) carded a second round 80 and has a 152 total for the first 36 holes. Nevestad is the Seminoles’ fourth highest ranking golfer in the event.
No. 2 ranked Stanford maintained its lead in the team standings as they shot a two-under par team score of 278. The Cardinal lead Minnesota by one stoke and Coastal Carolina by five strokes in the team race. Florida State has a two-day team total of 571 and are very much in contention to move up the team standings and into position for a strong finish. The Seminoles are only one stroke behind 15th-placed Michigan State and only four strokes behind 10th-placed Alabama.
“The good thing is that we are a good team with good players,” said Jones. “We just have to play like we have played as season long and we can be fine. We know we can play well – we just have to prove it.”
The Seminoles are scheduled to tee of at 12:20 Friday and are paired with Tennessee and No. 1 ranked Georgia.
101st NCAA Division I Men's Championship/Par 70/FSU Second Round Results Gold Course/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club/Williamsburg, Va./May 30-June 2, 2007 T16/30. Florida State 283 288 571 7. Matt Savage 67 69 136 T23. Jonas Blixt 69 71 140 T115. Cameron Knight 75 72 147 T144. Torstein Nevestad 72 80 152 154. Seath Lauer 79 76 155
101st NCAA Division I Men’s Championship/Par 70/Second Round Team Results
Gold Course/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club/Williamsburg, Va./May 30-June 2, 2007
1. Stanford 553 T16. Georgia 571
2. Minnesota 554 T16. Tennessee 571
3. Coastal Carolina 558 T16. Florida State 571
4. E. Tennessee State 560 T19. Lamar 572
5. Charlotte 562 T19. North Carolina 572
T6. Georgia Tech 563 T19. Duke 572
T6. UCLA 563 T22. Tulsa 575
T8. Oklahoma State 566 T22. Southern California 575
T8. Texas 566 24. Arizona State 576
10. Alabama 567 25. Arizona 577
T11. Georgia State 568 T26. Wake Forest 580
T11. Florida 568 T26. Louisville 580
T13. South Carolina 569 28. New Mexico 581
T13. Vanderbilt 569 29. Auburn 586
15. Michigan State 570 30. Texas Tech 587