May 17, 2008
BREMERTON, Wash. - The Florida State men's golf team finished in 21st place in the team standings as play in the NCAA West Regional Championship on the Olympic Course at the Golf Mountain Golf Course came to a close Saturday. The Seminoles were led in the individual standings by senior All-American Jonas Blixt who finished in a tied for 30th place. Neither the Seminoles as a team nor Blixt as an individual qualified to advance to next week's NCAA Championship finals.
No. 2 ranked Southern California won the regional championship with a two stroke victory over Oregon and a five stroke margin over Clemson of the ACC. The Trojans trailed the Ducks after the first round but took over the lead in the second round and held on to win the event. The top five team finishers had a decidedly Pac-10 flavor with Southern California, Oregon, Washington and UCLA taking four of the five final team finishes. Joey Benedetti of Oregon won the individual championship with a nine-under par score of 207.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) led Florida State in the final standings with a five-over par score of 221 and led the Seminoles during the final round of the event with a two-under par score of 70. It marked the third time in his last five regional championship rounds that he had carded a single round score of even par or better. Blixt's score of 70 tied his regional championship career-low score; he also carded a 70 in the third round of the 2007 NCAA East Regional Championship.
Blixt closes his Florida State career as one of the most decorated golfers in school history. He is certain to earn All-America honors for the second time this season, is a two-time All-ACC honoree, became the first ACC individual Champion in school history in 2007 and led the Seminoles back to national prominence. Blixt helped the Seminoles to the 2008 ACC Championship - the first ACC championship in school history.
Sophomore Seath Lauer (Huntington, Ind.) finished in second among his Seminole teammates and in a tie for 71st place in the individual standings. He carded scores of 74-76-78 for a three round total of 228. He was followed in the team standings by freshman Drew Kittleson (tied for 114th place), sophomore Cameron Knight (tied for 114th place) and junior Matt Savage (tied for 121st place).
Florida State and ACC Coach of the Year Trey Jones enjoyed one of the top seasons in school history. In addition to advancing to the NCAA regional championship for the third consecutive season the Seminoles won three events this season - the Inverness Intercollegiate in the fall and the Seminole Intercollegiate and the ACC Championship in the spring. The Seminoles' victory at the Inverness Intercollegiate was Florida State's first team championship since the 1998 season. The three team wins for the Seminoles this year marked the first time since the 1994-95 fall and spring seasons that they have won at least three tournaments in a single year.
Additionally, Jones was named the ACC Coach of the Year and Blixt and Savage earned All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles, who lose only Blixt to graduation, earned six top-five team finishes in its six events during the spring 2008 season. The Seminoles finished in the top five in eight of their 10 tournaments during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons.
NCAA West Regional Championship/Par 72/Final Florida State Results Gold Mountain Golf Club/Olympic Course/Bremerton, Washington 21/27. Florida State 304 305 305 914 T30. Jonas Blixt 74 77 70 221 T71. Seath Lauer 74 76 78 228 T114. Drew Kittleson 80 77 78 235 T114. Cameron Knight 79 78 79 236 T121. Matt Savage 77 75 84 236
NCAA West Regional Championship/Par 72/FinalTeam Results Gold Mountain Golf Club/Olympic Course/Bremerton, Washington 1. Southern Cal 862 15. North Carolina 895 2. Oregon 864 16. Oregon State 898 3. Clemson 867 17. Kentucky 900 4. Washington 864 18. Kansas State 902 5. UCLA 876 19. UCF 903 6. Stanford 878 20. California 904 7. St. Mary's 884 21. Florida State 914 8. Arizona State 885 22. LSU 916 T9. Pepperdine 888 23. Denver 919 T9. San Diego State 888 24. UNLV 920 T9. Texas 888 25. San Diego 927 12. Texas Tech 889 26. Navy 931 13. Oklahoma 892 27. Columbia 950 14. Wisconsin 894