May 15, 2008
BREMERTON, Wash. –
Florida State senior All-American Jonas Blixt and sophomore Seath Lauer carded identical two-over par scores of 74 and are tied for 31st in the individual standings and the Seminole men’s golf team is in a tie for 17th place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA West Regional Championship on the Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club. The Seminoles are only five strokes out of 10th place and only 12 strokes out of fifth place in the team standings while Blixt and Lauer are only two strokes from moving in to the top 10 of the individual standings.
The top 10 teams after three rounds of play will qualify for the NCAA Championships at Purdue University May 28-31.
The Seminoles were tied for 13th after the first round of the 2007 NCAA East Regional and advanced to the NCAA Championship finals as they finished in fifth place in the event.
“The golf course played difficult today and we made too many sloppy mistakes,” said head coach Trey Jones. “We have put ourselves in a position that does not leave room for anything other than solid golf for the remaining 36 holes. This team has a great deal of pride and I look for them to come out and compete from the start at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.”
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) played well over the final five holes of the round as he carded three birdies and two holes at par. He was five-over par after 13 holes and closed the round a two-over par. Blixt finished the afternoon with four birdies. In his last four regional rounds Blixt is a total of three over par with four scores at 74 or below. He carded a 73 in the first round of the 2007 NCAA East Regional and was in 23rd place. He collected himself and finished in a tie for eighth in the final standings of the event.
Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) played very consistently during the entire round and was never more that two strokes over par. He was even par with one birdie, one bogey and seven holes of par on the front nine and was two-over par with an eagle, a birdie and two holes of par on the back nine. Lauer was one-under par after five holes and closed well as he was even par over his last five holes of the round. He is tied for 31st place with Blixt and 18 other golfers.
Junior All-American Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) carded a five-over par score of 77 and is in a tie for 85th place in the individual standings. It was either feast of famine for Savage during the round as he carded 13 pars and five bogeys in 18 holes. Savage, too, was able to recover from a tough score in the first round of the 2007 NCAA East Region to finish well to place second among his teammates in the individual standings. He shot a 78 in last year’s first round and was in a tie for 93rd place. He finished with scores of 72-70 and finished in 23rd place in the individual standings.
Sophomore Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and freshman Drew Kittleson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) carded scores of 79 and 80 respectively. Knight had two birdies and nine holes at par while Kittleson scored two birdies and eight holes at par.
Florida State will play its second round of the event with USC and UCLA for the second consecutive day. The three teams will tee off at 7:00 a.m. PDT time.
NCAA West Regional Championship/Par 72/First Round Florida State Results Gold Mountain Golf Club/Olympic Course/Bremerton, Washington T17/27. Florida State 304 T31. Seath Lauer 74 T31. Jonas Blixt 74 T82. Matt Savage 77 T112. Cameron Knight 79 T120. Drew Kittleson 80
NCAA West Regional Championship/Par 72/First Round Team Results Gold Mountain Golf Club/Olympic Course/Bremerton, Washington 1. Oregon 289 T13. Kentucky 302 T2. Southern Cal. 291 T13 Oregon State 302 T2. UCLA 291 T17. LSU 304 T2. Washington 291 T17. Florida State 304 5. Pepperdine 292 T17. Arizona State 304 6. St. Mary's 294 T17. Wisconsin 304 T7. Clemson 295 T21. California 305 T7. North Carolina 295 T21. Kansas State 305 9. Stanford 296 23. Oklahoma 306 10. Texas 299 24. San Diego 308 T11. UCF 301 25. Denver 309 T12. UNLV 301 26. Navy 312 T13. Texas Tech 302 27. Columbia 314 T13. San Diego State 302