On Savage: One of the building blocks of the Florida State program under Trey Jones who helped return the program to national prominence...earned All-America Honorable Mention honors in 2007...the first player in program history to earn All-ACC honors three times - 2007, 2008 and 2009...set the school record for low round score as he carded a 63 (nine under par) in the second round of the Spring 2009 Florida State Spring Break Invitational at the Don A. Veller Seminole Golf Course...earned medalist honors at the 108th North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst during the summer of 2008...earned All-America Honorable Mention honors in 2007... helped lead the Seminoles to the 2008 ACC Championship - the first ACC championship in the sport of golf in school history...All-Southeast Regional All-American in 2008 and 2009...played in one NCAA Championship Final, four NCAA regional championships and four ACC Championships during his career... finished in a tie for ninth at the 2007 NCAA Championship at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va... his finish marked the highest individual finish for a Seminole since Andy Purnell finished sixth at the NCAA's in 1990... Nolan Henke finished in second place in the individual standings in 1987...finished in a tie for third place in the 2008 ACC Championship... finished in a tie for 26th place at the 2007 Western Refining All-America Classic which included the top college All-Americans during his senior season...earned three consecutive top-25 ACC Championship places as he finished in a tie for third place as a junior in 2008, a tie for 12th as a freshman in 2006 and a tie for 25th as a sophomore in 2007...65 came in the third round of the NCAA East Regional during the spring of 2006 and the third round of the spring 2007 Gator Invitational...the best three round tournament score of his career (208) came in finishing in a tie for third in the 2008 ACC Championship...was minus eight under par score of 208 in finishing in a tie for third at the 2008 ACC Championship...he also finished in third place at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in the fall of 2006...advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship...played in the prestigious 2006 U.S. Amateur Tournament...won the individual championship at the Kentucky State Open in 2006...averaged 73.08 stokes in 131 rounds during 44 career tournaments.
Fall 2005: Helped Florida State to four top-10 team finishes as he participated in all four events for the Seminoles' during the fall season...was one of three Seminoles (also Jonas Blixt and Torstein Nevestad) who played in all four events during the fall season...finished second on the team in rounds at par or better (four of 12) and third on the team with scores at 75 or better (eight of 12)...three single round scores of 70 were three of the top 10 scores of the season for Florida State...was the only member of the team with at least three of the top ten scores of the season... his best event of the season was his first as he finished with a one-over par total of 214 which was good for a tied for 18th place individual finish at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions...was a cumulative total of 10-over par in the first three events of his career including one over par in the Tennessee Tournament of Champions and the Gary Koch Intercollegiate...his best finish of the season (tied for 17th) came at the Gary Koch...counted nine of his 12 rounds (.750 percent) towards the team score during his first season as a collegian...averaged 73.42 strokes in 12 rounds during four events.
Spring 2006: Played in seven of Florida State's nine events including the ACC Championship and the NCAA East Regional Championship...finished as the Seminoles' leader in the individual standings with a tie for 12th place finish in the ACC Championship and a career-best tie for 10th place finish in the inaugural Linger Longer Invitational...tied for third on the team with six rounds at par or better and fourth on the team with 13 rounds scored at 75 or less...best career tournament came in his first ACC Championship appearance as he finished tied for 12th (team leader) with a career-best score of four-under par 212...scores at the ACC Championship went 67-71-74 with his 138 total for the first two rounds ranking as his career 36-hole best...was second in the individual standings after the first round of the event and tied for sixth after the second round...played 46 of his 54 holes at par or better in the ACC Championship...combined with his one-over par performance at the Linger Longer Invitational and his six-over par performance at the NCAA East Regional, he finished the final three events of the season at a cumulative total of only three over par...saved his best for last as he recorded a seven-under par 65 in the final round of the NCAA East Regional Championship...made the biggest move of the final day of the event for Florida State on the individual scoreboard as he finished with a seven-under par score of 65 to move from 112th place after the first two rounds into a tie for 44th in the final standings...carded six birdies on his final nine holes including three of the last four, to earn his career-best single-round score...had eight birdies and only one bogie over his final 18 holes...earned at least one round score of 74 or better in all seven of his spring events and helped Florida State to five top-10 team finishes during the season...counted 80 percent of his single-round scores (12 of 16) toward the team score during the season...averaged 73.93 strokes (second on the team) in 21 rounds during seven tournaments.
Fall 2006: Continued to play as one of the Seminoles' top golfers as he began play during his sophomore season...earned four top-25 finishes in four events including his career-best third place finish at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate...played his best tournament of the season as he finished with a one-under par score of 215 with his season low score of 69 at Shoal Creek...carded a two-over par 74 in the final round after carding a three-under par 69 in the first round and an even-par 72 in the second round of the event...finished second among Florida State teammates...led Florida State's team effort at the season opening Inverness Intercollegiate as he finished in a tie for 20th place in helping the Seminoles to a ninth place finish in the team standings...counted all 12 of his individual scores (100 percent) to the team total during the season...tied for the team lead in scores at par or better (three) and was second on the team in scores at 75 or below (eight)...averaged 74.50 strokes in 12 rounds during three tournaments.
Spring 2007: Earned All-American Honorable Mention, All-Southeast Regional All-America and All-ACC honors...led the Seminoles to a tied for 13th place finish in the NCAA Championship finals, a fifth place finish in the NCAA East Regional Championship, a tied for fourth place finish at the ACC Championship and five overall top-five team finishes...played extremely well down the stretch of the season and was a total of nine-over par in his last four events...finished in a tie for ninth at the NCAA Championship which was held last week at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va...his finish marked the highest individual finish for a Seminole since Andy Purnell finished sixth at the NCAA's in 1990...Nolan Henke finished in second place in the individual standings in 1987...carded a two-over par 72 in the fourth and final round and finished with a two-under par total of 278....he was at or below par in three of the four rounds and was one of only 19 players in the entire event that finished under par for the tournament...marked the fourth time this season, and first-time in a four-round event, that he had finished under par for an entire tournament...helped Florida State to a fifth place finish in the NCAA East Regional Championship as he finished in a tied for 24th place in the individual standings in the event...played his best round of golf in the third round as he carded a two-under par 70 and finished with a 220 total for the three-round event...he improved his single round scores throughout the event...after carding a 78 in the first round he finished with an even-par 72 in the second round and a two-under par 70 in the final round...moved from a tie for 56th place after two rounds into a tie for 24th place in the final standings and led the Seminoles with 12 birdies during the regional championship...earned his ninth consecutive top-25 finish as he carded an even-par 72 in the final round and finished with a 219 total and in a tie for 25th place at the 2007 ACC Championship...after a slow start to his final round, he played his final 12 holes at two-under par to finish even and only three over for the tournament...enjoyed a strong tournament as he finished in a tie for ninth in the individual standings at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational...He earned his fourth (of six) career top-10 finish, the best three-round tournament score of his collegiate career (210 / -3 vs. par) and finished as the Seminoles' leader...his second round score of 67 came within two of tying his collegiate best score of 65 which came during the 2006 NCAA East Regional, the 2007 Gator Invitational and the 2007 Seminole Intercollegiate...a tied for fourth place finish at the Gator Invitational helped the Seminoles to a second place team finish in the event... tied his career-best with a five-under par 65 in the final round to earn the best individual finish of his career...saved his best round of golf for the final round as he carded as 65 in the final round. He began play in the final round in a tie for 42nd place and improved his standing by an incredible 38 positions to earn the best individual finish of his career...he also carded a 65 in the third round of the 2006 NCAA East Regional...was one of three Seminoles who played in all eight events during the season...counted 22.5 of his 25 individual scores (.900 percent) toward the team score...averaged a career-low 72.16 strokes in 25 rounds during eight events.
Fall 2007: Played in all four of Florida State's fall events and helped lead Florida State to the championship of the Inverness Intercollegiate for the first team championship for the Seminoles since 1998...gained two top-five finishes during in his four starts...finished as Florida State's second highest finishing golfer in all four of the teams four events...was a total of seven strokes over par in the first three events of the season in finishing in the top 15 in the final standings in each event...ranked second on the team with three single-round scores posted in the 60's...half of his rounds (6 of 12) were at or below par during the season...counted all 12 of his scores (100 percent) toward the team total...finished in a tie for fifth place in the individual standings with scores of 75-68-61 in helping the Seminoles to the team championship at Inverness...his second and third round scores were spectacular as he finished the final 35 holes with a total of 139 for a five under par finish...his score of 68 in the second round of the event was tied for the ninth best score of the year amongst his Seminole teammates...finished in fifth place in the individual standings at the Fighting Illini Invitational with a fall season best three-round total of 213...his cause was helped as he carded a near career-low 66 in the second round of the event...he was in a tie for fourth after the first two rounds of the event and finished in fifth place to earn his fourth career top five finish...his round of 66 was the best round recorded by a Seminole during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons and was one stroke from tying his own school record of 65...finished in a tie for 13th place at the PING/Golf Week Preview with single round scores of 78-71-70 for a three-round total of 219...carded his final two rounds at 70-71 for a three-under par total of 141...averaged a career-low 72.50 strokes in 12 round during four tournaments...
Spring 2008: An strong season as the No. 2 player in the Seminoles' line-up who helped lead the team to a No. 7 national ranking, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Regional Championship, the school's first team title at the ACC Championship and to two team victories at the Seminole Intercollegiate and the ACC Championship...was second on the team in stroke average, scores a par or better (9) and scores at 75 or better (14)...his score of 67 in the first round of the Gator Invitational and in the second round of the ACC Championship was tied for the lowest round among his teammates for the spring season...played the best event of the first three years of his career as he finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings in leading the Seminoles to the team title at the ACC Championship...set personal bests for 36-hole score (135), three round tournament score (208) and tournament score vs. par (-8) as he matched his career-low with a tied for third place finish in helping Florida State to its first ever ACC title in the sport of golf...was in a tie for second place after shooting a four-under par 68 in the first round of the ACC Championship...owned sole possession of second place with a two round total of 135 and finished in a tie for third place in the final individual standings...marked the second time during the spring season (also at the Jim Hackler Invitational) that he finished at the top of the Seminoles' leader board...finished tied with teammate Jonas Blixt in third place in the individual standings and finished only six strokes behind the ACC individual medalist Webb Sampson of Wake Forest...finished in a tie for sixth place with a 222 total at the General Jim Hackler Invitational...carded a 71 in the second round to land in a tie for seventh place after two rounds of play...he moved up one spot in the individual standings with a 74 in the final round...began the season on fire with scores of 212 in the Gator Invitational and 218 in the Seminole Intercollegiate...was a total of four over par after his first two tournaments...dropped to only five strokes over par after his first five events heading into the NCAA West Regional Championship...earned a top-15 finish with a three-over par total of 219 at the U.S. Collegiate Open...opened the event with a 72 and closed the event with a 71...was in a tie for 11th place after the first round and collected himself after the second round to earn a top 15 finish...six rounds in the 60's ranked second on the team for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons...averaged 73.06 strokes in 18 round during six events...
Fall 2008: Led Florida State to three top 10 team finishes including a fourth place standing in the Brickyard Collegiate Classic...led the team with four rounds of scores at par or better and was second on the team with seven rounds at 75 or less...Florida State's top finisher in two of the Seminoles' three events - the Fighting Illini and the Brickyard Collegiate...began the season with a tied for 11th place individual finish as he led the Seminoles to a seventh place team finish at the Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club...best round of the season, a three-under par 67, came in the third round and allowed him to achieve his best tournament score of the season (214)...moved up 17 positions in the individual standings with his 67 in the final round...began the round in a tie for 28th place and finished in a tie for 11th...played well at the PING / GolfWeek Preview as he finished in a tie for 21st place with a 218 total...totaled 72-71 in the first two rounds for a 36-hole total of 143 - his best of the fall season...he was in a tie for 13th place after the first two rounds of the event...closed out the season with scores of 74-72 in the second and third rounds of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship in leading the Seminoles to their highest team finish of the fall season...averaged 73.00 strokes in nine rounds during three tournaments...
Spring 2009: Earned All-ACC honors for the school record third time in his career as he led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in his career...set the school record with a nine under par 63 in the second round of the Florida State Spring Break Invitational at the Don A. Veller Seminole Golf Course...he carded scores of 69-63 for a career-low 36-hole total of 132 in earning the first individual victory of his career...he led the Seminoles to the team title in the event...tied for the team lead with 11 scores at par or better and tied for third on the team with 15 scores at 75 or better...Florida State earned four top five team finishes during the season - fourth at the Gator Invitational, third at the Seminole Intercollegiate, first at the Florida State Spring Break Invitational and tied for third at the Callaway Match Play Championships...finished in a tie for 23rd place at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a three-under par score of 210...he carded scores of 66-73-71 in finishing as the second highest ranking Seminole in the event...marked the fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament during his career...he helped the Seminoles reach the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive years of the first time since the 1980-83 seasons...averaged 70.00 strokes per round as Florida State finished in a tie for seventh place in the team standings...earned a tied for 32nd place finish as he played in his fourth career ACC Championship...played well as he carded scores of 71-76-74 and was in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings after the first round...earned four top 30 finishes in four career ACC Championship appearances...helped the Seminoles to a third place team finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate hosted by Florida State as he finished in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings...was even par 216 through the tournament with scores of 73-71-72...his tied for sixth place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate began a string of three consecutive top 10 finishes which included a first place finish in the Florida State Spring Break Invitational and a tied for 10th place finish in the stroke play portion of the Callaway Match Play Championship at the Farms Golf Course in Rancho Santa Fe, California...he was a total of minus 10 strokes under par in those three events with five of seven scores at par or better and two scores in the 60's including his school record score of 63 in the second round of the Florida State Spring Break Invitational...2-0-1 in the match play portion of the Callaway Match Play Championships to lead Florida State to a tied for third place finish in the team standings at the prestigious event...victories came over Santiago Rivas of Texas Tech ( 1 up) Erik Flores and UCLA (2 and 1)...tied for 17th in the individual standings at the Gator Invitational with a two-over par score of 212 which included a 69 in the second round of the event...carded at least one score in the 60's in three of his eight events with four of his 22 rounds being scored in the 60's...a total of six strokes over par in his first five events of the season...averaged 72.68 strokes in 22 rounds during eight tournaments...
Before Florida State: Graduated from St. Xavier in 2005...named the National Player of the Year and earned All-America honors by the National High School Coaches' Association as a senior in 2005...an AJGA All-America Honorable Mention selection his junior season...earned All-State First-Team honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004...led St. Xavier to it's 16th Kentucky State High School Golf Championship in 2004...won the individual state championship, also, in 2004...shot a 138 and won the championship on a one-hole playoff...played in the USGA Public Links Championship during the summer prior to his freshman season at Florida State...tied for seventh place during the two- round stroke-play portion with a 36-hole total of 140...in the match play segment, Savage advanced to the third round (round of 16) but lost to Ryan Keeney one-up in the 23 hole match...he holds a place in history, playing in PubLinks in the same tournament as Michele Wie...in 2005, Matt won the AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship award...a past champion on the Callaway Golf, PGA Junior Series.
Personal: Born April 21, 1987...Matt is the son of Judy and Gerald Savage...earned the senior award for outstanding leadership at St. Xavier in 2005...also earned an award for service to the school and its local community...advanced to the round of 16 (third round) as the U.S. Public Links tournament during the summer of 2005...named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll as a freshman in 2006...graduated in May of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies.