Sept. 25, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Florida State men's golf team, led by sophomore Matt Savage, is tied for third place in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate at the Shoal Creek Golf Club. The Seminoles finished the first round in third place and held their position through the second round of the afternoon and trail first-place Alabama by 11 strokes and second place UCF by two strokes. Savage is tied for first in the individual standings with a 36-hole total of 141.
Alabama shot identical rounds of 288 and holds the team leading entering Tuesday's third and final round. The Crimson Tide leads UCF by nine strokes and is the highest ranking of the four SEC teams in the field. Florida State is the highest ranking of the three ACC teams in the 15-team field. The Seminoles are tied with Tennessee in the team standings. Savage is tied for first in the race for individual medalist honors with Gator Todd of Alabama. Jonas Blixt, a Florida State junior is tied for seventh with a two-round total of 144.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) carded a three-under par 69 in round one and finished the afternoon with an even par score of 72 to finish with a 141 total. He was in third place (one stroke behind Blixt and Todd) after the first 18 holes and moved into a tie for the lead as he carded a 72 and Todd finished with a one-over par 73 in the afternoon round. Savage enters the final round looking to claim the first individual title of his collegiate career.
Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) shot a career-low tying 68 and was tied for first after the first round. He returned in the second round and shot a disappointing four-over par score of 76 for a two-round total of 144. He enters the final round looking for the third top-10 finish of his career. Blixt claimed medalist honors at the spring 2005 Gator Invitational.
Freshman Cameron Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) played well in the second round as he carded a two-under par score of 70. He is tied for 31st in the individual standings with a two-round total of 150. Also competing for the Seminoles are Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) who finished the first two rounds with a 153 total and Tommy Rymer (Hastings, Minn.) who carded a total of 157.
Shoal Creek Intercollegiate/Par 72/Sept. 25-26, 2006 Shoal Creek Golf Club/Birmingham, Ala./Two of Three Rounds Complete 3/15. Florida State 293 294 587 T1. Matt Savage 69 72 141 T7. Jonas Blixt 68 76 144 T31. Cameron Knight 80 70 150 T51. Torstein Nevestad 77 76 153 T65. Tommy Rymer 79 78 157
Shoal Creek Intercollegiate/Par 72/Sept. 25-26, 2006 Shoal Creek Golf Club/Birmingham, Ala./Two of Three Rounds Complete 1. Alabama 576 9. Baylor 596 2. UCF 585 10. SMU 597 T3. Florida State 587 11. UAB 599 T3. Tennessee 587 12. Virginia 603 5. Michigan State 589 13. Georgia Southern 604 T6. Auburn 591 14. North Florida 606 T6. NC State 591 15. Samford 611 8. LSU 595