March 25, 2007 - by
Seminoles In Second Place At Hootie At Bulls Bay men’s Golf Invitaitonal

March 25, 2007

Playing their best round during the four-years of the Trey Jones head coaching era at Florida State, the Seminole men’s golf team is in second place after the first round of the Third Annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational at the Bulls Bay Golf Club. The Seminoles finished with a 274 team score over the first 18 holes as they counted four scores of par or better with two golfers – junior Jonas Blixt and freshman Seath Lauer – carding identical scores of 67. Florida State also counted scores of 69 by sophomore Nicholas Smith and 71 by freshman Cameron Knight.

The Seminoles are ranked No. 25 in this week’s Golf Week / NGCA national poll.

Florida State is in second place in the team standings – only four strokes behind the pace set by Central Florida. Preston Brown and Greg Forest of UCF are tied for first with identical scores of five under par 66. The Knights and the Seminoles both have three players ranked in the top-10 of the individual standings heading into Monday’s second round.

Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) was nearly flawless as he carded his four-under par 67. He carded 16 holes of par or better with only two bogies through the 18 hole round. Blixt was even par on the front nine and claimed four birdies to finish the back nine at four under. Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) also played consistently with six birdies and only two bogies. He was more successful on the back nine with a three-under par score after finishing the front nine at one under par. Blixt and Lauer are tied for third in the individual standings.

Sophomore Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) played his best round of the spring season as he carded a two-under par 69. He is tied for eight in the individual standings. Smith was one of three Seminoles to card six birdies on the day. Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) was the fourth of the Seminoles to have his score counted as he turned in an even par score of 71. He is tied for 19th in the individual standings.

“We have been playing well and felt like we could continue to play well after finishing our practice round yesterday,” said Jones. “It is really nice to see our players get off to a good start. When the conditions were easy – they played well. When the conditions got tougher and the wind started to blow, we toughened up and continued to play like good players need to play in adverse conditions. Our freshmen are growing up and are playing like seasoned players. It’s time for them to start playing like veterans. We have to go out tomorrow and play the golf course – not against other teams and we should continue to play well.”

Third Annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational/Par 71/First Round FSU Results
Bulls Bay Golf Club/Awendaw, S.C./March 25-27, 2007
2/15.   Florida State     274
T3.     Jonas Blixt       67
T3.     Seath Lauer       67
T8.     Nicholas Smith    69
T19.    Cameron Knight    71
T28.    Matt Savage       72

Third Annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational/Par 71/First Round FSU Results
Bulls Bay Golf Club/Awendaw, S.C./March 25-27, 2007
1.    Central Florida   270   T8.   Louisiana State        288
2.    Florida State     274   10.   South Carolina         289
T3.   Baylor            283   11.   Col. of Charleston     291
T3.   Wake Forest       283   12.   Vanderbilt             292
5.    Coastal Carolina  285   13.   NC State               297
6.    Augusta State     286   14.   Kentucky               301
7.    North Carolina    287   15.   Arkansas               307
T8.   Duke              288
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