April 7, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which has earned three top-10 team finishes in its five events this spring, travels to the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate at Saugahatachee Country Club in Opelika, Ala., April 9-11 as it closes out its regular season. Following their participation in the Billy Hitchcock, the Seminoles travel to play at the 51st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 16-18. The Seminoles finished 10th at the high-powered Atlanta Intercollegiate in their last outing as junior Rusty Mosley finished in a tie for 18th place in the individual standings.
THE BILLY HITCHCOCK INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by Alabama Birmingham, Auburn (the host school), College of the Charleston, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M in the 17th annual Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. The event is being played at the Par 72, 6,689 yard Saugahatchee Country Club Course. Alabama Birmingham won the team championship while the Blazers’ Nathan Turner won individual medalist honors as last year’ tournament.
FRESHMAN RUCH LEADS SEMINOLES THIS SPRING
Freshman Bradley Ruch (Louisville, Ken.), who carded a career-low three-under par 69 in the second round of the Atlanta Intercollegiate, is the Seminoles top golfer this spring with a 74.47 stroke average in 15 rounds during five tournaments. He has carded two of the Seminoles’ three lowest rounds of the spring with his 69 at Atlanta and an even par 70 in the second round of the Gator Invitational. Ruch was the Seminoles’ top individual finisher at both the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate (11th place) and the Palmetto Intercollegiate (tied for 31st) and has finished among the team’s top three finishers in four of five events this spring. Ruch leads the team with 11 single-round with scores of 75 or better.
MOSLEY SUSTAINS HIGH LEVEL OF PLAY
Junior Rusty Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.), who has finished either first or second for the Seminoles in four of five tournaments this spring, enters the 2004 Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate averaging 74.53 strokes in 15 rounds during five events this spring. He led the Seminoles with a one-under par score of 215 at the Atlanta Intercollegiate marking the second time during his career he had finished under par for a tournament. Mosley shot a three-under par 141 at the rain-shortened Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate during the fall of 2002. He is tied for first on the team with three single-round scores of par or better and is second on the team with 10 rounds of 75 or below this spring. Mosley came within four strokes of tying his career-low score for a tournament as he carded two of three rounds during the Atlanta Intercollegiate at par or better. He finished the tournament two-under over the final 36-holes after carding a one-over par 73 in the first round.
SESTILIO EARNS HIS WAY INTO THE STARTING LINEUP
Junior Mark Sestilio (Punta Gorda, Fla.) earned his way into Florida State’s starting lineup for the first time this spring and played very consistently during the Atlanta Intercollegiate. He carded three consecutive rounds of 76 and finished with a 54-hole total of 228. It marked the third time during his career that he had carded a tournament score of 228 or better. Sestilio has earned his way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup along with Ruch, Mosley, Matt Adcock (Apopka, Fla.) and Alan Beers (Warner Robbins, Ga.) for this weekend’s Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Bradley Ruch 4 12 1 9 70 898 74.83
Rusty Mosley 4 12 1 7 71 903 75.25
Matt Adcock 4 12 0 7 71 904 75.33
Tim Vickers 3 9 1 3 71 693 77.00
Alan Beers 2 6 0 1 74 469 78.00
Adam Wallace 3 9 1 3 70 716 79.56