March 25, 2008
ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
Sophomore Cameron Knight and junior All-American Matt Savage are in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings and the No. 11 ranked Florida State men’s golf team is in sixth place after two rounds of the U.S. Collegiate Men’s Golf Championship on the Lakeside Course at the Country Club of Georgia. The Seminoles slipped from second in the team standings and will begin play in the third and final round 11 strokes behind Southern California – the team leader after the first 36 holes of the 54-hole tournament.
Play in Tuesday’s second round began one and one-half hours late because of frost on the course. The temperature at the start of the round was 48 degrees – one degree higher than the warmest the temperature reached during Monday’s first round.
No. 5 ranked Southern California carded the lowest team total of the day – a one-under par 287 – to move from a tie for fourth after the first round and into the lead after the second round. The Trojans were led in the second round by defending NCAA Champion Jamie Lovemark who shot a three-under par score of 69. He is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings. Trent Leon of Oklahoma State, who has carded back-to-back scores of three-under par 69, is the individual leader heading into the final round. He holds a two-shot lead over Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech.
Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Savage (Louisville, Ky.) are in a tie for 19th place in the individual standings with identical two-round scores of 148. The pair is only 10 strokes behind the individual lead and only five strokes from moving into the top five in the individual standings. Knight carded a 77 in the second round after leading the Seminoles with a 71 in the first round while Savage carded a 76 in round two after finishing with an even-par 72 in round one. Knight is looking to earn his second top-20 finish of the year while Savage has finished in the top 20 of the individual standings of five of the Seminoles’ first six events of the year.
Senior All-American Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) led Florida State in the second round with an even par 72. He improved on his round one score by six strokes after firing a very uncharacteristic 78 on Monday. Blixt begins play on the final round in a tie for 29th place in the individual standings; he has finished within the top 12 in five of the Seminoles’ six events during the fall and spring seasons.
Freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) are in a tie for 33rd and a tie for 35th place, respectively, in the individual standings. Both golfers earned better scores in the first round as compared to the second round as Lauer finished with a 73 and Kittleson a 75 in play over the first 18 holes.
United States Collegiate Championship/par 72/Second Round Florida State Results The Golf Club of Georgia/March 24-26, 2008 6/15. Florida State 291 301 592 T19. Cameron Knight 71 77 148 T19. Matt Savage 72 76 148 T29. Jonas Blixt 78 72 150 T33. Drew Kittleson 75 76 151 T35. Seath Lauer 73 79 152
United States Collegiate Championship/par 72/Second Round Team Results The Golf Club of Georgia/March 24-26, 2008 1. Southern Cal. 581 9. E. Tennessee State 600 2. Alabama 583 10. Georgia 600 T3. Oklahoma State 586 11. Charlotte 601 T3. Georgia Tech 586 12. Coastal Carolina 608 5. UCLA 588 13. Stanford 611 6. Florida State 592 14. Texas 613 7. Georgia State 594 15. Brigham Young 625 8. Texas A&M 597