Feb. 24, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Fresh from its third place finish at the Gator Invitational, which began the 2006 spring season, the No. 38 ranked Florida State men’s golf team travels to Naples, Fla. to play in the second annual Lexus Naples Intercollegiate Feb. 27-28. The event will be played at the Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club in Naples and is sponsored by WCI Communities and Golfing Naples SW Florida. The tournament is hosted by PGA Tour professional Peter Jacobson and is a two-day, 54-hole event. Prior to the start of competition, the participating collegiate players will play in an 18-hole College-Am on Feb. 26.
THE LEXUS/NAPLES INTERCOLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
Florida State is joined by No. 20 Baylor University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Illinois State, the United States Naval Academy, No. 46 Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Portland, Rhode Island, St. Mary’s College of California, No. 21 Wake Forest and the University of Wisconsin in the second annual Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate. St. Mary’s finished two strokes ahead of Baylor to earn the team championship at the inaugural event in 2005. Liam Kendregan of St. Mary’s won the individual title in 2005 and will not be back to defend his title after he finished his four-year letterwinning career at the conclusion of the 2005 spring season.
FLORIDA STATE RANKED 38TH NATIONALLY
After this past weekend’s strong finish at the Gator Invitational, the Seminoles have moved up eight spots to 38th in the country in the most recent national poll by GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index. The Florida State is riding a wave of constant improvement under third-year head coach Trey Jones as it was place as the No. 24 ranked team in the nation on Oct. 5, 2005 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Poll.
STRONG START IN SPRING FOR SEMINOLES
Finishing third at the Gator Invitational is a major jump in the right direction for this young Seminole team. Five of the top 25 teams in the nation participated in the tournament, not intimidating the Seminoles in any way. Finishing just 14 shots behind the tournament championship team, the Seminoles displayed that they can compete with the nation’s elite. Coming into this weeks tournament, the Seminoles will compete against two teams ranked in the top 25 (Baylor and Wake Forest University) thus providing another chance for the Seminoles to prove themselves as one of the nation’s top teams.
NEVESTAD LOOKS TO STAY HOT IN NAPLES
Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) finished in a tied for sixth place in last weekend’s Gator Invitational — highlighting his best finish as a Seminole. His tournament low second round score of 71 gave him great momentum heading into the final day where he shot an even par 70. Nevestad averages 73.78 strokes per round in 14 rounds in five tournaments two his Seminole career. He has carded nine of his scores as a Seminole at 75 or below including all three dung the Gator Invitational.
RYMER PLAYS WELL AS MEMBER OF STARTING LINEUP
Sophomore Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.), who was inserted into the Seminoles’ starting lineup at the Gator Invitational because of an injury to Jonas Blixt, performed extremely well in his fourth start as a Seminole. He finished in a tie for 21st place in the individual standings to earn the top finish and first top-25 finish of his career. He was very consistent with identical scores of 73 in each of the three rounds of the event. Rymer’s scores of 73 tie his personal record for low round score during his Seminole career.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2006)
Name Tourn. Rds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Torstein Nevestad 1 3 0 3 71 215 71.67
Nicholas Smith 1 3 1 3 70 216 72.00
Tommy Rymer 1 3 0 3 73 219 73.00
Bradley Ruch 1 3 0 1 72 228 76.00
Matt Savage 1 3 0 1 73 228 76.00