Sept. 24, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team travels to Franklin, Tenn., to play in the 2004 Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate at the Ropers Knob Golf Course at the Legends Club of Tennessee Sept. 27-28. It marks the fourth consecutive season Florida State will participate in the event where it has earned three consecutive top-15 team finishes. The Seminoles finished in seventh place during the fall 2002 tournament. The event will be played on the 6,990 yard Ropers Knob Course which was recently named as the third best public course in the state of Tennessee. A pair of pre-season top 25 teams – Vanderbilt and Southern Methodist – headline the 15-team field. The Blazers of UAB look to defend their team title from a season ago.
THE MASON RUDOLPH INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, the College of Charleston, Central Florida, Georgia State, Kansas, Louisiana State, Middle Tennessee State, North Florida, Ole Miss, Southern Methodist, Vanderbilt, Virginia and UNC-Wilmington in the fourth annual Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate.
FRESHMAN Jonas Blixt LEADS IN SEASON OPENER
Freshman Jonas Blixt (Nassjo, Sweden) led the Seminoles in his first tournament as collegiate player. He led the team in the individual standings as he finished in a tie for 35th place. Blixt finished with a six-over par score of 222. After scoring a five-over par in the first round he shot a two-under par for the second round. On the final day Blixt carded a three-over par, 75 to start his collegiate stroke average at an even 74.00 after the first 54 holes of what promises to be an outstanding Seminole career.
SEMINOLE THREESOME BREAK PAR
A trio of Seminoles broke par with a two-under par score of 70 in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Senior Matt Adcock (Apopka, Fla.) and Jonas Blixt shot their two-under par in the second round, while sophomore Bradley Ruch (Louisville, Ky.) added his in the third round. Adam Wallace (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) shot an even par 72 in the first round of play.
WALLACE PLAYS WELL AT BANK OF TENNESSEE INTERCOLLEGIATE
Junior Adam Wallace enjoyed one of the top days of his Seminole career over the first 36 holes of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. He carded an even-par 72 in round one and a one-over par 73 in the round two. Wallace’s 145 total tied his best score for 36 holes which he also earned during the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate in the fall of 2002 and in the Gator Invitational in the spring of 2004. Wallace finished as the third highest ranking Seminole in the final individual standings with a 224 total during the three round event – a total which is tied for the second best tournament score of his career. He missed beating his career-best tournament score, a 223 at the spring 2004 Gator Invitational, by two strokes.
RUCH NEARLY ENJOYS CAREER ROUND AT BANK OF TENNESSEE
Sophomore Bradley Ruch, who joined the team as a walk-on during the fall of 2003, carded a near-career best 70 in the third round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Ruch came within one stroke of tying his career-best single round score – a 69 in the second round of the spring 2004 Atlanta Intercollegiate. Ruch played the final 36 holes of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in one-under par total of 143.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2004 SEASON)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jonas Blixt 1 3 1 2 70 222 74.00
Bradley Ruch 1 3 1 2 70 223 74.33
Adam Wallace 1 3 1 2 72 224 74.67
Matt Adcock 1 3 1 2 70 226 75.33
Mark Sestilio 1 3 0 0 77 241 80.33