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Seminole Men’s Golf Team Set To Play At ACC Championship

April 14, 2004


The Florida State men’s golf team will play at the 51st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Golf Course at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. April 16-18. It marks the 13th time in the 51-year history of the conference the Seminoles will compete in the championship – each year since the school joined the ACC. The Seminoles are looking to improve on their eighth place finish in last year’s event.


THE 51ST ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 2 Clemson, No. 6 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Wake Forest, No. 23 Duke, No. 28 North Carolina, No. 48 NC State, No. 77 Virginia and No. 116 Maryland in the 51st annual ACC Championship at the Old North State Club. The format consists of 18 holes per day over a three-day period. The Seminoles are ranked No. 82 nationally according to the latest GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.


FLORIDA STATE’S ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HISTORY
Florida State finished sixth in the 2002 ACC Championship to mark its best finish since finishing fifth during the 1997 season. The Seminoles finished third in the 1994 Atlantic Coast Conference and fourth in the 1996 event for its two best finishes since joining the conference. The Seminoles participated in their first ACC Tournament in 1992 and this season will mark their 13th ACC tournament as a member of the conference. Bobby Cochran (second place, 212 score in 1994), Christian Raynor (second place, 211 score in 1995) and George McNeil (second place, 212 score in 1996) have earned the top individual finishes for the Seminoles during ACC Tournament play.

Seminoles' Team Finishes In The ACC Championship
1992    9th, 880    1998    7th, 866
1993    8th, 895    1999    9th, 919
1994    3rd, 877    2000    9th, 911
1995    5th, 870    2001    8th, 897
1996    4th, 873    2002    6th, 868
1997    5th, 897    2003    8th, 917


EARNING ALL-ACC HONORS
George McNeil, in 1998, is the most recent of five Florida State golfers to earn All-ACC honors since the Seminole joined the conference in 1992. Christian Raynor, in 1994 and 1995, is the only two-time All-ACC men’s golf selection from Florida State.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE 2003 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Florida State men’s golf team improved by one team position on the final day and finished in eighth place at the 50th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North State Golf Club at Uwharrie Point. The Seminoles shot their tournament best single-round score in the final round and moved ahead of ninth-place Maryland in the final standings. Florida State junior Tim Vickers carded a 74 in the final round and led the Seminoles in the individual standings with a finish of tied for 26th-place.

FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2004)
Name                Tourn.  Rounds   Par   -75   Low    Strokes   Avg.
Rusty Mosley        6       18       5     12    67     1,336     74.22
Bradley Ruch        6       18       4     13    69     1,341     74.50
Matt Adcock         6       18       1     12    70     1,348     74.89
Mark Sestilio       2       6        1     1     72     455       75.83
Alan Beers          4       12       2     4     71     922       76.83
Tim Vickers         3       9        1     3     71     693       77.00
Adam Wallace        3       9        1     3     70     716       79.56
Gonzalo Ibarraran   1       3        0     0     79     239       79.67

FLORIDA STATE'S SPRING SEASON Florida State earned four top-ten team finishes, had five different golfers shoot at least one round of below par golf, turned in two of its best three tournament scores of the year in its last two tournaments and arrives at the ACC Championship with its five best golfers playing their best golf of the year. The Seminoles averaged a season-low 72.75 strokes per round per player and finished with a season-low 873 team total at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. In Florida State's last two outings, the Seminoles finished tenth at the Atlanta Intercollegiate and tied their season's-best placing with a sixth place finish at the Hitchcock Intercollegiate. The Seminoles also finished in a tie for sixth place at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Junior Rusty Mosley led the team with five top-25 individual finishes while freshman Bradley Ruch earned a pair of top 20 finishes and junior Matt Adcock finished in the top 30 three times. With an 11th place finish in the individual standings in the Seminole Intercollegiate, Ruch earned the Seminoles' top individual finish of the season.

CURRENT SEMINOLES IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP Florida State's lineup at the 51st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship (Matt Adcock, Alan Beers, Rusty Mosley, Bradley Ruch, Mark Sestilio) brings a considerable amount of experience to the conference meet. Making his third appearance in the event is Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.), while Beers (Warner Robins, Ga.) and Adcock (Apopka, Fla.) and Sestilio (Punta Gorda, Fla.) are making their second appearances in the ACC's signature event. Only freshman Bradley Ruch (Lexington, Ken.) is the rookie among the Seminoles in this weekend's event.

2003/8th Place Team Finish
8/9    Florida State     311    305    301    917
T26    Tim Vickers       77     76     74     227
T29    Matt Adcock       77     77     77     229
T36    Adam Wallace      78     80     75     233
T39    Rusty Mosley      79     78     77     234
T39    Mark Sestilio     83     76     75     234

2002/6th Place Team Finish
6/9    Florida State     292    282    294    868
T9     Peter Mitchell    70     70     71     211
T23    Eric Beaty        75     69     74     218
T23    Rick Westbrook    72     70     76     218
T32    Brad Lusenhop     75     73     74     222
T36    Alan Beers        75     73     75     223

2001/8th Place Team Finish
8/9    Florida State     302    298    297    897
T22    Mark Donaldson    73     73     74     220
T31    Kris Hannah       75     74     73     222
39     Andy Lewis        78     76     73     227
40     Rick Westbrook    77     75     77     229
42     Rusty Mosley      77     77     78     232


ADCOCK A STANDARD IN SEMINOLES' LINEUP
Junior Matt Adcock has played in 18 consecutive tournaments for the Seminoles and has not missed playing in a tournament since the fall of 2002. He played in the final event of the fall of 2002, all seven during the spring of 2003, four during the fall of 2003 and all six this spring. Adcock earned a season's-best 20th-place individual finish at Gator Invitational to open the spring season.


SEMINOLES AT THEIR BEST
Florida State's nine golfers, all of whom have played in at least two tournaments during the 2003-04 fall and spring seasons, have recorded a combined 14 career bests in the statistical categories of low round, low tournament, stroke average and best finish. Freshman Bradley Ruch leads the team with four career best while Matt Adcock, Alan Beers, Mark Sestilio and Adam Wallace have record two career best statistics this year.

Seminoles Better Than Better
Player LR LT SA BF

Matt Adcock 68 213 72.17 T5
Alan Beers 68 218 74.64 T15
Gon. Ibarraran 73 225 75.88 T45
Brad Lusenhop 69 215 75.33 T23
Rusty Mosley 67 211 73.76 T10
Bradley Ruch 69 218 74.50 11
Mark Sestilio 70 218 76.94 T10
Tim Vickers 64 213 75.75 T14
Adam Wallace 70 223 77.00 T28

LR=Low Round; LT=Low Tournament; SA=Stroke Average; BF=Best Finish.


MOSLEY LEADS SEMINOLES IN SCORING COLUMN
Junior Rusty Mosley enters the 51st Annual ACC Championship as the Seminoles top golfer statistically for the first time in his career. He enters the ACC Championship averaging 74.22 strokes in eight rounds during six tournaments. Mosley was the Seminoles top golfer over the course of the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons combined but finished second (to Matt Adcock both times) during those individual seasons. Mosley is looking to lead the Seminoles in stroke average for the first time this spring.


MOSLEY DISPLAYS CONSISTENCEY THIS SPRING
Junior Rusty Mosley leads the Seminoles with five scores of par or better, is tied for second with 12 rounds of scores of 75 or better and shot the teams' lowest score of the spring - a 67 in the first round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. Mosley is averaging a team-leading 74.22 strokes per round entering the ACC Championship.


MOSLEY CARDS BEST SCORE IN NEARLY 10 YEARS
Senior Rusty Mosley shot a career-best five under-par 67 and was tied for first in the individual standings after the first round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate at Saugahatchee Country Club April 9. Mosley's individual score was the best single round score by a Florida State golfer since Christian Raynor shot a six-under par 66 in the second round of the Wofford Invitational May 13, 1995.


RUCH PERFORMING WELL AS FRESHMAN
Freshman Bradley Ruch leads the Seminoles with 13 single round scores of 75 or below this spring including a career-low single-round score of 69 in the second round of the Atlanta Intercollegiate. Since joining the team as a walk-on during the fall of 2003, Ruch has played in seven of the Seminoles' 11 events, averaged 74.52 strokes per round (third on the team) and carded four rounds at par or better. Ruch will compete as a freshman in Florida State's starting lineup at this week's ACC Championship.


SESTILIO EARNS HIS WAY INTO STARTING LINEUP
Junior Mark Sestilio earned his way into Florida State's starting lineup for the first time this spring at the Atlanta Intercollegiate and played very consistently during the last two events for the Seminoles. He carded three consecutive rounds of 76 and finished with a 54-hole total of 228 at the Atlanta event. A week later at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Sestilio carded a 227 marking the fourth time during his career that he had carded a tournament score of 228 or better.


BEERS AT HIGH LEVEL AT HITCHCOCK
Junior Alan Beers earned personal best 218 total and a tied for 15 place finish at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. His three-round total is a personal 54-hole tournament career best with his previous career best coming in at 219 total at both the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate during the fall of 2001 and the Gary Koch Intercollegiate during the spring of 2002.

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