March 25, 2007
AWENDAW, S.C. - 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