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Savage Leads Seminole Men’s Golf Team Into 5th Place At ACC Championship

April 21, 2006

Florida State freshman Matt Savage shot a career-best 67 and is in second place in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in tied for fifth in the team standings after the first round of the 53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. Savage is only two strokes behind Georgia Tech’s Michael Barbosa in the race for the individual ACC title. Florida State is 10 strokes behind Georgia Tech – the overall team leader – but only seven strokes behind second place North Carolina in the team standings.

Georgia Tech, ranked No. 4 in the nation by GolfWeek Magazine, blistered the course and finished with a 12-under par score of 276. The Yellow Jackets lead second place North Carolina by two strokes. Maryland and NC State eight strokes behind the Yellow Jackets. Tech’s Barbosa shot a career-best seven-under par score of 65 and leads the individual field of 55 players. The Yellow Jacket senior earned eagles on the first and 18th holes and birdies on four holes in between to take the lead after the first round of the three-round event.

Savage (Louisville, Ky.) carded his career-best score of 67 in the first round – a round which was culminated by an eagle three on the par-five 18th hole to put him at five-under for the first 18 holes. He got his round off to a strong start with a birdie on the first hole and was one-under after the first nine despite bogies on holes three, eight and nine. Savage was nearly flawless on the back nine and was four-under on the last five holes of the afternoon. The standout day came from a golfer who had been unable to work himself into the Seminoles’ lineup in any of the final three tournaments of the regular season.

Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden), who is a top candidate to earn All-ACC honors this season, is tied for 12th place with a one-under par 71. He is tied with nine other golfers who are all within three strokes of moving into the top five in the individual standings heading into Saturday’s second round of play. Blixt finished tied for 18th at the 2005 ACC Championship.

Freshman Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) is in the hunt for a strong finish in his first career ACC Championship as he carded a one-over par 73 over the course of the first 18 holes and is tied for 28th in the individual standings. He was one over on the front nine and even on the back nine. Smith played well over the round with 16 holes of scores at par or better and two holes above par.

The Seminoles’ pair of freshman – Savage and Smith – combined to finish four under par in the first round. Led by the freshman duo of Savage and Smith, the Seminoles carded a team total of 285 which is tied for their second best single-round total of the spring season.

Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) carded a two-over par 74 despite playing with a sore back that limited him during Thursday’s practice round. Sophomore Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) was disqualified after the round when his playing partner failed to sign Jeon’s scorecard when it was turned into the rules officials. Jeon had finished with a four-over par score of 76 and his score would not have counted toward the team total as the top four individual scores from each team are counted to form the team total.

Saturday’s second of three rounds is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Seminoles playing in the third wave of teams.

53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship/April 21-23, 2006/Par 72
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./First Round Florida State Results
T5/11.   Florida State       285
2.       Matt Savage         67
T12.     Jonas Blixt         71
T28.     Nicholas Smith      73
T35.     Torstein Nevestad   74
--       Song Jeon            D

53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship/April 21-23, 2006/Par 72
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./First Round Team Results
1.   Georgia Tech     276   7.   Duke             287
2.   North Carolina   278   8.   Virginia Tech    291
3.   NC State         284   9.   Wake Forest      292
4.   Maryland         284   10.  Virginia         293
T5.  Florida State    285   11.  Boston College   314
T5.  Clemson          285
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