May 19, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. –
Florida State freshman Nicholas Smith carded his second consecutive score of 74 as he continued to play well and lead the Seminole men’s golf team in their first NCAA East Regional appearance since 1998 at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Smith is tied for 27th in the in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in 19th place in the team standings after two rounds of play. Smith and his teammates will begin the third round in hopes of improving their position in the team standings on the final day of the event.
No. 1 ranked Georgia, the defending national champions, finished with a six-over par team score of 294 and has a two-day team total of 578. The Bulldogs are two strokes ahead of UNLV and three strokes ahead of Wake Forest in the race for the team championship. The top 10 teams and the top two individuals not on those qualifying teams will earn their way to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship round May 31-June 3 in Sunriver, Ore.
Smith (Ocala, Fla.) finished with a two-over par 74 for the second consecutive day and has a four-over par total of 148 for the first two rounds of the event. He is tied for 27th in the individual standings. Beginning the day from the 10th teebox, Smith was one over through his first nine holes as he carded one birdie, six pars and two bogies. He was able to duplicate that effort on his second nine holes with a one-over par score to finish at two-over for the round. Smith saved his round with a birdie on the par five ninth hole to close out his round on a high note.
Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) continued his solid play as he finished the second round with a four-over par 76 and is tied for 60th in the individual standings. Coupled with his three-over par 75 in the first round, Blixt has a seven-over par score of 151 heading into Saturday’s third and final round. Blixt was solid throughout the round with 14 holes at par or better (one birdie) and only four holes above par. He begins the final round looking to move into the top 50 in the individual standings.
Sophomore Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) recovered from a tough outing in the first round and carded a six-over par 78 in the second round He improved his score by six stokes – one of the top improvements among the field of 141 golfers. Jeon improved in the second round as compared to the first round with fewer holes above par (6-5) and more holes at or below par (13-12) to finish as the Seminoles’ third-ranked player during the round.
2006 NCAA East Regional Championship/May 18-20, 2006/Par 72
Lake Nona Golf and Country Club/Orlando, Fla./Second Round Florida State Results
19/27. Florida State 302 308 610 T27. Nicholas Smith 74 74 148 T60. Jonas Blixt 75 76 151 T112. Matt Savage 74 84 158 T118. Torstein Nevestad 79 80 159 T130. Song Jeon 84 78 162
2006 NCAA East Regional Championship/May 18-20, 2006/Par 72 Lake Nona Golf and Country Club/Orlando, Fla./Second Round Team Results 1. Georgia 578 T14. Jacksonville 602 2. UNLV 580 16. Tennessee 603 3. Wake Forest 581 17. Indiana 604 4. Texas Tech 582 18. Notre Dame 608 5. North Carolina 585 19. Florida State 610 T6. Coastal Carolina 589 20. Western Illinois 613 T6. Charlotte 589 T21. Liberty 614 8. Auburn 590 T21. George Washington 614 T9. Southern Cal 592 23. Maryland 617 T9. UCLA 592 24. Richmond 625 11. Georgia State 596 25. Wichita State 626 12. South Carolina 597 26. Binghamton 636 13. Rhode Island 601 27. Army 640 T14. Georgia Southern 602