April 22, 2007
NEW LONDON, N.C. –
Florida State University junior Jonas Blixt shot a career-best seven-under par 65 in Sunday’s third round and became the first Seminole to win the individual Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf championship as the event came to a close at the Old North State Club. Blixt finished with a career-best eight-under par tournament score of 208 to defeat Georgia Tech’s Cameron Tringale by one stroke to claim individual championship. His outstanding performance led the Seminoles to a tie for fourth place finish in the team standings – the best for Florida State since finishing in fourth in the 1996 conference championship. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech finished tied for the team championship.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) shot 73-70-65=208 to claim the third individual championship of his career. He also won individual medalist honors at the spring 2005 Gator Invitational and the fall 2006 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate. Blixt began the final round of the event in a tie for 10th place and four strokes behind the individual leaders. He began the round on fire with an eagle three on the par-five first hole and counted three more birdies on the front nine to finish the first half of his day at five under. Blixt remained on fire in the back nine with birdies on the first three holes to move to eight under. After falling to six under with bogies on holes 14 and 17, he closed his championship day with a birdie on 18 to close his day and earn medalist honors.
“It’s a great honor to win the championship of the ACC,” said Blixt after winning the event. “I knew I had to get off to a good start and when I did, I just took if from there. I was aggravated at myself after making the two bogies but I just had to keep playing. I knew I had to come back and continue playing well. I told myself I was not going to look at the scoreboards during the round because you can’t do anything about the scoreboards. The first time I saw a scoreboard was after my round was over. I am hoping that this result for our team puts all of my teammates into a positive frame of mind as we move ahead during the month of May.”
Florida State played its’ second best round of the year as they turned in a 279 team score while not counting a single score above a 72. The Seminoles’ team round was tied for the best of the tournament – tied with Virginia Tech – with both teams shooting 279 on the final day. Florida State’s 279 allowed them to finish in a tie for fourth place – an improvement of five places after placing ninth after the first round and standing sixth after the second round. It marks only the third time since joining the ACC for the 1992 season that Florida State has finished fourth or higher in the ACC men’s golf championship. The Seminoles finished third in 1994 and fourth in 1996.
Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) carded a two-under par 70 in the final round and finished in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings. He played his best round of golf during the final round with five birdies and only three bogies. Knight played the final 36 holes of the event at three-under par and finished with a 219 total – the second best of his Seminole career.
Senior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) and sophomore Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) played even-par golf on the final day and finished in a tie for 19th and a tie for 25th, respectively. Nevestad carded even par scores of 72 in the second and third rounds and finished with a three-round total of 218 – the best of his senior season. He played even par golf on the front and back nines of the final round. It was Nevestad’s best tournament score since carding a 211 at the spring 2006 Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate. Savage earned his ninth consecutive top-25 finish as he carded an even-par 72 in the final round and finished with a 219 total. After a slow start to his final round, he played his final 12 holes at two-under par to finish even on the afternoon and only three over for the tournament. Savage has now earned two consecutive top-25 ACC Championship places after finishing in a tie for 12th as a freshman in 2006.
Freshman Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) carded his second consecutive round of 74 to finish with a 225 total and in a tie for 40th place. His 225 tournament score is tied for the third best of his freshman season and is the fifth top-50 individual finish of his seven-event Seminole career.
“I am extremely proud of the way we came out and competed today,” said Head Coach Trey Jones. These guys came out today believing they could make run and win this thing and we were not that far off. Jonas came out today and proved why he is an All-America candidate.”
Florida State closes out its regular season May 13-14 at the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles will then play in the NCAA Regional Championships May 17-19.
54th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/Final FSU Results Old North State Club/New London, N.C./April 20-22, 2007 T4/11. Florida State 298 286 279 863 1. Jonas Blixt 73 70 65 208 T19. Torstein Nevestad 74 72 72 218 T25. Cameron Knight 78 71 70 219 T25. Matt Savage 74 73 72 219 T40. Seath Lauer 77 74 74 225
54th Annual ACC Men's Golf Championship/Par 72/Final Team Results Old North State Club/New London, N.C./April 20-22, 2007 1. Georgia Tech 854 7. NC State 874 2. Virginia Tech 854 8. Wake Forest 876 3. Clemson 858 9. Virginia 878 T4. Florida State 863 10. Maryland 910 T4. Duke 863 11. Boston College 913 6. North Carolina 869