May 19, 2006 - by
Smith In 27th Place At NCAA East Regional Men’s Golf Championship

May 19, 2006

Florida State freshman Nicholas Smith carded his second consecutive score of 74 as he continued to play well and lead the Seminole men’s golf team in their first NCAA East Regional appearance since 1998 at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Smith is tied for 27th in the in the individual standings and the Seminoles are in 19th place in the team standings after two rounds of play. Smith and his teammates will begin the third round in hopes of improving their position in the team standings on the final day of the event.

No. 1 ranked Georgia, the defending national champions, finished with a six-over par team score of 294 and has a two-day team total of 578. The Bulldogs are two strokes ahead of UNLV and three strokes ahead of Wake Forest in the race for the team championship. The top 10 teams and the top two individuals not on those qualifying teams will earn their way to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship round May 31-June 3 in Sunriver, Ore.

Smith (Ocala, Fla.) finished with a two-over par 74 for the second consecutive day and has a four-over par total of 148 for the first two rounds of the event. He is tied for 27th in the individual standings. Beginning the day from the 10th teebox, Smith was one over through his first nine holes as he carded one birdie, six pars and two bogies. He was able to duplicate that effort on his second nine holes with a one-over par score to finish at two-over for the round. Smith saved his round with a birdie on the par five ninth hole to close out his round on a high note.

Sophomore Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) continued his solid play as he finished the second round with a four-over par 76 and is tied for 60th in the individual standings. Coupled with his three-over par 75 in the first round, Blixt has a seven-over par score of 151 heading into Saturday’s third and final round. Blixt was solid throughout the round with 14 holes at par or better (one birdie) and only four holes above par. He begins the final round looking to move into the top 50 in the individual standings.

Sophomore Song Jeon (Seoul, Korea) recovered from a tough outing in the first round and carded a six-over par 78 in the second round He improved his score by six stokes – one of the top improvements among the field of 141 golfers. Jeon improved in the second round as compared to the first round with fewer holes above par (6-5) and more holes at or below par (13-12) to finish as the Seminoles’ third-ranked player during the round.

Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) and freshman Matt Savage (Louisville, Ky.) finished the second round with scores of 80 and 84 respectively.

2006 NCAA East Regional Championship/May 18-20, 2006/Par 72
Lake Nona Golf and Country Club/Orlando, Fla./Second Round Florida State Results

19/27.	Florida State      302   308   610
T27.    Nicholas Smith     74    74    148
T60.    Jonas Blixt        75    76    151
T112.   Matt Savage        74    84    158
T118.   Torstein Nevestad  79    80    159
T130.   Song Jeon          84    78    162

2006 NCAA East Regional Championship/May 18-20, 2006/Par 72
Lake Nona Golf and Country Club/Orlando, Fla./Second Round Team Results
1.   Georgia            578   T14.  Jacksonville         602
2.   UNLV               580   16.   Tennessee            603
3.   Wake Forest        581   17.   Indiana              604
4.   Texas Tech         582   18.   Notre Dame           608
5.   North Carolina     585   19.   Florida State        610
T6.  Coastal Carolina   589   20.   Western Illinois     613
T6.  Charlotte          589   T21.  Liberty              614
8.   Auburn             590   T21.  George Washington    614
T9.  Southern Cal       592   23.   Maryland             617
T9.  UCLA               592   24.   Richmond             625
11.  Georgia State      596   25.   Wichita State        626
12.  South Carolina     597   26.   Binghamton           636
13.  Rhode Island       601   27.   Army                 640
T14. Georgia Southern   602

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