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Blixt Leads Seminoles Through First Round Of NCAA East Regional

May 17, 2007

Florida State junior Jonas Blixt shot a one-over par 73 and the Seminoles are in a tie for 13th place after the first round of the NCAA East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia. Blixt is in a tie for 23rd place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles who are looking to advance to the championship round of the NCAA Golf Tournament for the first time since 1996. Florida State must finish in tenth place or higher in the regional to advance to the national championship round. The Seminoles begin play in the second round only three strokes out of tenth place and only 10 strokes out of fifth place in the team standings.

Florida State, which counted Blixt’s 73, a 74 by freshman Cameron Knight, a 75 from senior Torstein Nevestad and a 78 by sophomore Matt Savage, dropped four strokes on the final two holes to fall below the tenth place cut line.

Georgia Tech, the No. 13 ranked team in the country, holds the first round lead with a team score of 284. The Yellow Jackets have a two stroke lead over No. 1 ranked Georgia and a four stroke lead over Duke. A total of four ACC teams Georgia Tech, Duke, Clemson and Maryland – are currently in the top 10 in the team standings. Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech holds the individual lead with a five under par 67 after the first 18 holes.

Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) carded a one-over par 73 with two birdies and 13 holes of par. He played even par golf over the final 13 holes of the afternoon after playing the first five holes at one-over par. Blixt stumbled a bit with bogies on holes four and five but recovered over the final 13 holes with only one hole over par. He entered the event averaging 72.1 strokes per round during his first six events of the spring season.

Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) carded a two-over par 74 – a round that included 14 holes of par or better golf (four birdies) – and continues to play as well as any Seminole golfer in the postseason. He played consistently enough throughout most of the round and was able to recover from a pair of double-bogies on holes six and 18. Knight is averaging 73.6 strokes per round in the last two events and has finished a total of nine-over par in his last two events.

Nevestad (Olso, Norway) also continued to play well in the postseason as he finished the first 18 holes with a three-over par score of 75. He played consistently throughout the round as he counted 14 holes of par or better. Nevestad recovered from a bogie on hole 11 and a double bogie on hole 13 to finish the round at three-over par. He has now played seven consecutive rounds with scores of 75 or better and is a total of four-over par since beginning play in the ACC Tournament on April 20.

Sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) finished with a six-over par 78 while freshman Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) finished with a seven over par 79.

Florida State begins second round play Friday morning at 7:47 and will play off of tee No. 10. The Seminoles are paired with Charlotte and North Carolina in pre-determined pairings and tee times.

NCAA East Regional Championship/Par 72/First Round FSU Results
Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./May 17-19, 2007
T13/27.   Florida State       300
T23.      Jonas Blixt         73
T35.      Cameron Knight      74
T51.      Torstein Nevestad   75
T93.      Matt Savage         78
T108.     Seath Lauer         79

NCAA East Regional Championship/Par 72/First Round Team Results
Golf Club of Georgia/Alpharetta, Ga./May 17-19, 2007
1.    Georgia Tech        284   T13.   Florida State         300
2.    Georgia             286   16.    Jacksonville State    303
3.    Duke                288   T17.   UAB                   304
4.    Georgia State       289   T17.   Virginia Tech         304
5.    Florida             290   19.    North Carolina        305
T6.   Auburn              293   T20.   Ole Miss              309
T6.   Clemson             293   T20.   Longwood              309
8.    Maryland            295   T20.   La-Lafayette          309
9.    Charlotte           296   23.    Old Dominion          314
10.   Penn State          297   24.    Boston College        315
T11.  UCF                 299   25.    St. John's            316
T11.  Tenn.-Chattanooga   299   T26.   Rhode Island          321
T13.  Coastal Carolina    300   T26.   Hartford              321
T13.  Eastern Michigan    300
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