June 2, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. –
The Florida State University men’s golf team finished in a tie for 13th place in the final team standings at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship which was played on the Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The finish marked the highest for the Seminoles since finishing in seventh in 1995 and marked the 11th time in school history they have finished in the top 15 of the team standings in the NCAA Championship tournament.
Seminole sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ken.) finished in a tie for ninth in the individual standings to mark the highest individual finish by a Florida State golfer since Andy Purnell finished sixth at the NCAA’s in 1990. Nolan Henke finished in second place in the individual standings in 1987.
Playing just over 12 hours after they survived a three-team playoff in order to advance to the final day of the 72-hole event, the Seminoles finished with a 289 team score in the fourth and final round. The Seminoles finished tied with Duke and just behind Georgia Tech in the race among ACC teams who played in the championship. Duke and North Carolina were also in the event but did not make the cut from 30 teams to 15 in order to play in the final round.
Savage carded a two-over par 72 in the fourth and final round and finished with a two-under par total of 278. He was at or below par in three of the four rounds and was one of only 19 players in the entire event that finished under par for the event. It marked the fourth time this season, and first-time in a four-round event, that he had finished under for an entire tournament. Savage played extremely well down the stretch of the season and was a total of nine-over par in his last four events.
Junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) finished in a tie for 29th in the individual standings as he led Florida State in the final round with a one-over par 71. He completed the event with a two-over par total of 282 and did not shot a scored above 71 in any of the four rounds of the event. Blixt, who was an All-ACC and All-Region selection, displayed his outstanding abilities late in the season as he was a cumulative total of 11 strokes under par in the final four events of the season.
Senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) closed his career with a two-over par 72 in the final round of the event and finished in a tie for 78th place. The only graduating senior in the Seminoles’ starting line-up, Nevestad had his individual score counted twice during the four rounds of the championship. He concluded his collegiate career with a 73.75 stroke average in 16 rounds during five events this spring.
Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, N.C.) finished in a tie for 49th place after firing a four-over par 74 in the final round. He finished with a 288 total to ranks as the Seminoles’ third leading golfer in the championship. Knight led the Seminoles in the third round with a career-low 67 to help the team make the top 15 and allow them to play on the final day of the event. Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) carded a two-over par 72 in the third round and finished with a 307 total for the four-round event.
101st NCAA Division I Men's Championship/Par 70/FSU Final Round Results Gold Course/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club/Williamsburg, Va./May 30-June 2, 2007 T13/30. Florida State 283 288 280 289 1,140 T9. Matt Savage 67 69 70 72 278 T29. Jonas Blixt 69 71 71 71 282 T49. Cameron Knight 75 72 67 74 288 T78. Torstein Nevestad 72 80 74 72 298 81. Seath Lauer 79 76 72 80 307
101st NCAA Division I Men's Championship/Par 70/Final Team Result Gold Course/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club/Williamsburg, Va./May 30-June 2, 2007 1. Stanford 1,109 T9. Minnesota 1,133 2. Georgia 1,121 T9. Florida 1,133 T3. Lamar 1,125 T11. Texas 1,136 T3. Charlotte 1,125 T11. South Carolina 1,136 5. Coastal Carolina 1,128 T13. Duke 1,140 6. Alabama 1,129 T13. Florida State 1,140 7. UCLA 1,130 15. Oklahoma State 1,142 8. Georgia Tech 1,131