May 13, 2007
GREENSBORO, Ga. –
All five of Florida State’s golfers are below par and the Seminoles are in second place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Linger Longer Invitational at the Oconee Course at the Reynolds Plantation. The Seminoles, who are seven strokes behind No. 1 ranked Georgia in the team standings heading into Monday’s third round, are playing well in this event as a run-up to the NCAA East Regional Championship which begins Thursday.
Freshman Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) leads the Seminoles with an six-under par total of 138 – the best 36-hole score of his collegiate career. He carded a two-under par 72 in the first round and followed that superb outing with a near career-best four-under par score of 68 in the second round. He is in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings entering the final 18 holes of the tournament. Lauer carded 12 birdies in his first 36 holes and was over par on only three holes in his first two rounds. Making his total even more incredible was the fact that he carded one double-bogie and one bogie in the first round and still finished with a two-under par score of 70.
Junior Jonas Blixt (Hamarro, Sweden), who won the 2007 ACC Championship in his last outing, is tied for ninth in the individual standings with a two-round total of three-under par 140. He was even par in the first round (72) and four-under par (68) in the second round. Blixt carded an even par 70 in the first round despite three bogies and one double-bogie. He helped his cause tremendously with an eagle three on the par five 15th hole. He carded nothing lower than a par in 18 holes during the second round.
Sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) continued to peak going into the postseason as he turned in a 36-hole total of two-under par 142. He had only three bogies on the day to go along with five birdies and 28 pars. At no point during the first two rounds was Savage over par.
Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) is at one-under par for the first two rounds while senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) is also one-under par heading into the final round. Knight was at or under par during the entire first round in carding a one-under par 71 and was never more than two-over par in carding a one-over par 72 in the second round. Nevestad began the second round with an eagle three on the par five first hole, added an eagle three on the par five seventh hole and despite two double bogies finished the round with a one-under par 71. He recorded four birdies in finishing at even par in the first round.
“Today was a day that will go down as one of the more enjoyable days of golf that I have been a part of,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. “The format of having all five guys plays together was something we had not done before but was definitely exciting to see the team working together and playing well. I am looking forward to see how we play tomorrow.”
The Seminoles are playing with the same five players in this event that they will play with at the NCAA East Regional at the Country Club of Georgia beginning Thursday.
Second Annual Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results Reynolds Plantation/Oconee Course/Greensboro, Ga./May 13-14, 2007 2/15. Florida State 283 279 562 T5. Seath Lauer 70 68 138 T9. Jonas Blixt 72 68 140 T14. Matt Savage 70 72 142 T19 Cameron Knight 71 72 143 T19 Torstein Nevestad 72 71 143
Second Annual Linger Longer Invitational/Par 72/Second Round FSU Results Reynolds Plantation/Oconee Course/Greensboro, Ga./May 13-14, 2007 1. Georgia 559 9. Memphis 575 2. Florida State 562 10. Charlotte 577 3. Georgia State 564 11. Ole Miss 584 4. Tenn.-Chattanooga 570 12. North Carolina 586 5. Georgia Southern 572 13. Louisiana State 592 6. Alabama 573 14. Kennesaw State 603 T7. Louisville 574 15. Mercer 612 T7. Augusta State 574