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Ari Savolainen
  • Senior
  • Helsinki, Finland

At Florida --
(2002-03)
Tied for 28th with a five-over 77 at the Auburn Multi-Match...Collected second top-10 finish of the season with a tie for ninth with a score of 212 (-4) at the Schenkel Invitational...Tied for 54th at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate with a +10 (226)...Shot a +3 (213) to finish third (the highest finish of his career) at the Gator Invitational...One of three Gators to shoot an even or under par round by shooting a second round 70 (E)...Saw first action of the season, as he went 1-1 at the Hooters Match-Play Championship...Lost to Augusta State's Jay Haas Jr. in the second round 1-up and defeated Texas' Jeff Bell in the third round 6 and 5...

(2001-02) In his first year as a Gator, played in all 13 tournaments, including post-season...Set a course record in his first outing, with his second-round 66 at the NCAA Preview hosted by Ohio State...Led the Gators at the tournament finishing tied for sixth...Was the third of six Gators to finish in the top-15 at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate...Tied for seventh at the tournament with 2-under 214...Finished tied for 10th at the UNF/Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship where team won their second title...Had his second lead of the Gators at the Schenkel E-Z-Go with his 1-under 215 and T5 place...Was one of only three Gators to play all 40 possible rounds tallying 14 even-or under-par rounds and 75.8 percent counting toward the team score.

Amateur Competition -- Won the Titans Intercollegiate and NCAA Regional in 2001...placed third at the 2001 Bevill State Collegiate Classic, shooting 68-69...Shot 69-73 to take second at the Gadsden State Invitationals in 2000...Claimed title of the Finnish Junior Match Play Championships in 1997...Scored second place at 2000 Finnish Stroke Play Championships and third at the 2001 tournament...Qualified at the British Amateur but was eliminated in first round of match play...Shot 69-71 to finish 11th at the 2001 European Men's Team Championships.

Prep -- Four-year letterwinner for Makelanrinteen Urheilulukco school in Finland.

Personal -- Born January 2, 1979 in Helsinki, Finland...Parents are Aimo and Terttu Savolainen...Has one older brother Jari...considers Florida to have the best facilities, which is why he chose the Gators...majoring in Business Management.


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