October 11, 2005 - by
Freshman Savage Leads Seminole Men’s Golf Team At Gary Koch Intercollegiate

Oct. 11, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. –
Florida State freshman Matt Savage shot a two-under 70 in the final round and finished in a tie for 17th place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team finished in eighth place in the team standings as competition in the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate at the Ole Memorial Golf Course came to a close Tuesday. It was the second top-20 finish for Savage and the third top 10 team finish in three events this fall for the Seminoles.

Florida held off hard-charging Kentucky by three strokes to win the team championship in the event. It marked the fourth time in the seven year history of the event that the Gators had won the team championship. Trailing by 11 strokes entering the final round, the Wildcats narrowed the gap with a team total of 279. However, it was not enough to catch the Gators, who established a tournament record by shooting a 24-under par score of 840. Matt Kohn of Kentucky won the individual championship as he shot a seven-under par 65 in the third round for a 207 total for the 54-hole event.

Savage (Louisville, Ky.) shot two rounds of even par scores of 70 and finished as the Seminoles’ highest ranking player for the second time during the first three events of his career. His tied for 17th individual finish marked his career best; he finished in a tie for 18th place at the season-opening Tennessee Tournament of Champions. Savage came within three strokes of tying his career-best tournament score of 214 which he carded at the Tennessee TOC.

Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) earned his first top-20 individual finish of the fall season as he closed with an even par 72 for a 218 total. He finished at par or better in two of the three rounds during the event and finished in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings. Junior Bradley Ruch (Louisville, Ky.) played well throughout the event as he carded even par scores of 72 in the first and second rounds and a three-over par 75 in the final round. Ruch finished in a tie for 27th place to earn his sixth career top-30 finish.

Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) and sophomore Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) shot identical scores of one-over par 73 in the final round to close out the scoring for Florida State. Nevestad finished in a tie for 35th place.

Florida State closes out its fall season as it travels to play in the 8th Annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn., Oct. 15-16.

Gary Koch-Cleveland Golf Invitational/Oct. 10-11, 2005/Par 72
Old Memorial Golf Course/Tampa, Fla./Final FSU Results

8/12. Florida State 289 293 288 870
T17. Matt Savage 70 77 70 217
T20. Jonas Blixt 72 74 72 218
T27. Bradley Ruch 72 72 75 219
T35. Torstein Nevestad 75 73 73 221
T46. Tommy Rymer 79 74 73 226

Gary Koch-Cleveland Golf Invitational/Oct. 10-11, 2005/Par 72
Old Memorial Golf Course/Tampa, Fla./Final Team Results

1. Florida 840 7. Georgia State 868
2. Kentucky 843 8. Florida State 870
3. Texas A&M 866 9. UCF 875
T4. Louisiana State 867 10. North Florida 889
T4. South Florida 867 11. College of Charleston 892
T4. Toledo 867 12. Arkansas 896
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