Aug. 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State sophomore golfer Matt Savage won the individual title at the Kentucky State Open Championship while incoming freshman golfer Cameron Knight won the individual championship at the Florida State Amateur Match-Play Championship in events that crowned the current members of the Seminole men's golf team champions in mid-August.
Savage, who helped lead the Seminoles to an appearance in the NCAA East Regional Championship in 2006, won the Kentucky State Open Championship with a 54-hole record for the event with a score of 16-under par 197 to win the championship on Aug. 10 at the University Club of Kentucky. Despite finishing with a bogie on the final hole of the event, Savage won the championship by a near-record seven shots. He missed tying the tournament record by one shot.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) played well throughout the event and led wire-to-wire. He shot a seven-under par 64 in the first round, a six under-par 65 in round two and finished with a three-under par 68 in the final round to claim the championship. Savage defeated one of his high school teammates, Robby Shaw, for the title.
Savage will play in the U.S. Amateur in beginning Aug. 21 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. It marks the first time during his career that he will play in the U.S. Amateur.
Knight (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) defeated Brent Dorman, one-up, in the final match of the championship flight to win the Florida State Amateur Match Play Championship at the Country Club of Ocala on Aug. 12. He took control of the championship match with a birdie on the 13th hole and held on to win the match one-up in 18 holes. Knight led the match two-up entering the 17th hole but carded a bogie while his opponent pared the hole to extend the match to the final hole. He gained the championship victory as both players bogied the final hole to give Knight the championship.
Knight will be a freshman on the Seminole men's golf team beginning this fall.
Florida State earned nine top 10 team finishes and finished 14th in the NCAA East Regional Championship during the fall 2005 and spring 2006 seasons as it enjoyed its best year under third-year Head Coach Trey Jones and its best year since 1998 - the last time the Seminoles appeared in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles finished in second place at the spring 2006 Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate for their best team finish of the year and finished in third place at both the fall 2005 Tennessee Tournament of Champions and spring 2006 Gator Invitational. Junior Torstein Nevestad led the Seminoles with two top-10 finishes - tied for sixth at the Gator Invitational and sixth at the Lexus/Naples Intercollegiate to claim the top individual finishes of the year for the Seminoles.