May 30, 2007 - by
Savage In Third; Seminoles In A Tie For Ninth At NCAA Men’s Golf Championship

May 30, 2007

Florida State sophomore Matt Savage shot a three-under par 67 and is in a tie for third place in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in a tie for seventh place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship on the Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Savage is one of three golfers at three-under par and is only three strokes behind Rob Grube of Stanford — the first round individual leader.

Savage (Louisville, Ky.) played nearly flawless golf on the day in shooting his third round in the 60’s this year. He carded 17 holes of par or better golf with four birdies and only one bogey. Savage began his day on the tenth hole and was one-under par with two birdies and one bogey on his first nine and three-under par on his back nine with two birdies and his final seven holes of the day at par. In his last three rounds of golf, Savage is a cumulative total of three-under par and is averaging 69.7 strokes per round.

“Matt competes really hard and is a good player,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “He’s a steady player who is destined to have a strong tournament here in this event.”

Junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) also played well as he carded a one-under par score of 69. He is in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings heading into the second round. Blixt also carded four birdies on the day but was bogged down by two bogeys including with both coming on his first nine holes. He played his first nine at one-over par and his second nine at two-under to finish with a sub-70 score for the team-leading seventh time this season.

“Watching Jonas today, you could see him get better as the round went on,” said Jones. “He’s a good golfer who is getting better with each round he plays. Jonas is a fun player to watch play the game because he knows how to manage a course.”

Savage and Blixt – the Seminoles’ two All-ACC selections in 2007 — played the first round at a combined four-under par with eight combined birdies and only four combined bogeys. Savage and Blixt are one of only three duos from the same team who are both ranked in the top 15 of the individual standings. Florida State’s duo is joined only by pairs of golfers from Stanford and Minnesota after the first round of the event.

Florida State also counted a two-over par 72 by Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) and a five-over par 75 by freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.).

Nevestad is in a tie for 66th place as he continued to play well in the postseason for the Seminoles. He is a total of 10 strokes over par in Florida State’s three postseason events – the ACC Championship, the NCAA East Regional and the NCAA Championship. Nevestad has carded only one round above 74 in those three events. He played his first nine holes on Wednesday at two-over par and recovered nicely to play the second half of the course at even par. Nevestad played his final 15 holes of the round at one-under par after a bogey and a double-bogey on two of his first three holes.

Knight recovered well after a double-bogey on his first hole of the afternoon to finish with a 75. He finished at four over on his first nine and played well on his second nine with a one-over par total. Knight played 13 of his final 17 holes on the afternoon at par or better. Freshman Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) earned 11 holes of par golf and finished with a 79.

Florida State carded a team score of 283 and is only eight strokes behind No. 2 ranked Stanford – the first round team leader. The Seminoles are the highest ranked of the five ACC teams in the event after the first 18 of 72 holes during the event. The 283 team score turned in by the Seminoles was a departure from their first round scores in their last three events. The Seminoles averaged 293.7 strokes in the first rounds of the ACC Championship, the Linger Longer Invitational and the NCAA East Regional. They shot more than 10 strokes fewer in Wednesday’s first round of the NCAA Championship.

“The rule is that you are not going to win the tournament on the first day but you can surely lose it on the first day,” said Jones. “Fortunately we did a good job today and we did not knock ourselves out of it. Our upperclassmen played as we expected they would and our younger guys got their feet wet and will be more than ready to go tomorrow.”

101st NCAA Division I Men’s Championship/Par 70/FSU First Round Results
Gold Course/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club/Williamsburg, Va./May 30-June 2, 2007

T9/30. Florida State 283
T3. Matt Savage 67
T15. Jonas Blixt 69
T66. Torstein Nevestad 72
T126. Cameron Knight 75
T152. Seath Lauer 79

101st NCAA Division I Men's Championship/Par 70/FSU First Round Results
Gold Course/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club/Williamsburg, Va./May 30-June 2, 2007
1.    Stanford             275   16.   Lamar                  285
T2.   Florida              278   T17.  Arizona State          286
T2.   Coastal Carolina     278   T17.  Georgia State          286
T2.   Minnesota            278   19.   Oklahoma State         287
T2.   Texas                278   T20.  Georgia Tech           288
6.    Charlotte            279   T20.  Louisville             288
7.    E. Tennessee State   280   T22.  North Carolina         289
8.    Georgia              282   T22.  Southern California    289
T9.   Michigan State       283   24.   Arizona                290
T9.   UCLA                 283   25.   South Carolina         291
T9.   Florida State        283   T26.  New Mexico             293
T12.  Alabama              284   T26.  Texas Tech             293
T12.  Tulsa                284   T26.  Wake Forest            293
T12.  Vanderbilt           284   29.   Duke                   294
T12.  Tennessee            284   30.   Auburn                 295
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