March 16, 2007 - by
Seminole Men’s Golf Team Ranked 25th Nationally

March 16, 2007

The Florida State men’s golf team, which has finished in the top three in both of its early spring tournaments, is ranked 25th in this week’s national poll by Golf World Magazine / Nike. The Seminoles have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 in both polls this spring; the team was ranked No. 24 in the first poll of the season.

Led by a pair of top 10 individual finishes by sophomore Matt Savage (tied for fourth) and junior Jonas Blixt (tied for seventh) the Seminoles finished in second place in the team standings at the spring season opening Gator Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course in February. Savage tied his career-best with a five-under par 65 in the final round to earn the best individual finish of his career.

The second place finish for the Seminoles is tied for the best team finish under fourth-year head Coach Trey Jones. The Seminoles also finished in second place at the Naples Invitational during the spring of 2006 and, with this weekend’s finish, continued the momentum they have built which carried them into the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship Tournament.

Florida State finished in third in the team standings at the Seminole Intercollegiate during the first week of March. The Seminoles steadily climbed the standings in the event after a ninth place standing after the first round and a tied for fourth place standing after the second round. A pair of Seminole sophomores – Matt Savage and Nichols Smith – finished tied for 10th in the individual standings to lead Florida State. Savage was one of three Seminoles who carded one-under par scores of 71 in the final round. He was joined by freshmen Cameron Knight (tied for 23) and Seath Lauer (tied for 50th) who both carded under par scores in the final round.

The Seminoles play their next event – the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate – March 25-27 at Awendaw, S.C. The event is sponsored by the popular music group Hootie and the Blowfish.

Golf World / Nike Coaches' Poll
Rank    Team (FPV)              Points     Last Week
1.      Stanford (15)           518        2
2.      Florida (4)             486        1
3.      Georgia (1)             476        5
4.      Oklahoma State (1)      465        3
5.      Alabama                 463        4
6.      Clemson                 381        10
7.      Southern California     362        8
8.      UNLV                    352        9
9.      BYU                     329        13
10.     UCLA                    322        7
11.     Coastal Carolina        309        6
12.     Texas A&M               267        11
T13.    East Tennessee State    256        14
T13.    North Carolina          256        12
15.     Lamar                   244        NR
16.     Georgia Tech            204        16
17.     Tennessee               179        NR
18.     Arizona State           169        15
19.     Wake Forest             153        T17
20.     Duke                    94         20
21.     Texas                   91         T17
22.     Georgia State           87         21
23.     Tulsa                   86         22
24.     Louisville              77         19
25.     Florida State           36         24

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