April 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team, which has finished in the top-10 in four of its five tournaments this spring, travels to play in the 50th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 18-20 at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, N.C. The Seminoles are participating in the event for the 12th time having joined the conference at the beginning of the 1991-92 season. Florida State finished in sixth place at the 2002 ACC Championship to mark the highest Seminole finish at the conference championship since 1997 when it finished fifth.
THE 2003 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS
Florida State is joined by No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 10 North Carolina, No. 15 Georgia Tech, No. 30 Duke, Maryland and Virginia at the 50th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Florida State is ranked sixth among the nine ACC men’s golf playing schools with all nine ranked in the nation’s top 100. The event will be played at the par-72, 7,100-yard Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point course.
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 12th 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 Tournament
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
Florida State finished in sixth place in the team standings at the 49th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship – its best team finish since coming in fifth in 1997. Junior Peter Mitchell finished in a tie for ninth place in the team standings as he finished the event with a career-best 211 score for the 54-hole event. The Seminoles three-round stroke total of 868 was their best at the ACC championship since totaling an 866 in 1998 and was 29 strokes better than their team score during the 2002 tournament when the finished in eighth place. In addition, the Seminoles two-spot improvement in the team standings in the best of any of the nine ACC teams from the 2001 to the 2002 championship tournaments.
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 MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2003)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Matt Adcock 5 14 3 9 71 1,036 74.00
Rusty Mosley 3 8 3 5 71 593 74.13
Mark Sestilio 3 8 2 5 70 598 74.75
Peter Mitchell 2 6 2 3 70 450 75.00
Tim Vickers 4 11 1 5 71 838 76.18
Adam Wallace 4 11 1 5 70 845 76.82
Brad Lusenhop 4 12 0 2 74 929 77.42
Florida State will play with the following lineup at the 50th Annual ACC Championship – freshman Adam Wallace (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), sophomores Matt Adcock (Apopka, Fla.), Rusty Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.) and Mark Sestilio (Punta Gorda, Fla.) and junior Tim Vickers (Alpharetta, Ga.). It marks the second time this spring this particular quintet has played together. They played together at the Palmetto Intercollegiate (March 17-18, 2003). This particular combination of players carded a team-total of 287 in the second round of the rain-shortened event – the best team round of the spring for the Seminoles.
ADCOCK LEADS FSU WITH CAREER-BEST AVERAGE
Sophomore Matt Adcock enters the 2003 ACC Tournament averaging a career-best 74.00 strokes in 14 rounds during five tournaments this spring. He has registered two of the top five and six of the top 15 single round scores for the Seminoles this spring and leads the team with nine rounds of scores at 75 or below. Adcock carded his career-low single round score of 71 during the second and third rounds of the Florida State hosted Seminole Intercollegiate March 10-11.
Category Season Total Event
Best Finish Spring 2003 T11 Sem. Inter.
Low Round Spring 2003 71 (2) Sem. Inter
Low Tourn. Fall 2002 213 Mason Rudolph
Season Avg. Fall 2002 72.17 2 events/6 rounds
ADCOCK WITH CONSECUTIVE TOP-30 FINISHES
Sophomore Matt Adcock has earned three consecutive top-30 finishes in the last three Florida State events entering the 2003 ACC Championship. He finished tied for 11th in the Seminole Intercollegiate (March 10-11), tied for 15th in the Palmetto Intercollegiate (March 17-18) and tied for 26th in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. Adcock has now earned four career top-30 finishes with his first coming during the fall 2002 season (tied for 21st) at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Adcock’s Career Top 30 Finishes
Event Finish Score Season
Mason Rudolph Champ T23 220 Fall 2002
Seminole Intercollegiate T11 214 Spring 2003
Palmetto Intercollegiate T15 144 Spring 2003
Billy Hitchcock Inter. T26 223 Spring 2003
MOSLEY ENJOYING FINEST SEASON
Sophomore Rusty Mosley enters the ACC Championship playing the best golf of his Seminole career. He has a career-low 74.13 stroke average in eight rounds during three tournaments this spring. Mosley is averaging three strokes below his career average (76.15-74.13) this spring and has carded five rounds with scores of 75 or below. His previous single-season stroke average of 75.50 came during the fall 2000 season. Mosley did not play during the 2001-02 season and sat the year out as a redshirt. He has finished an average of only 6.3 strokes over par in his three outings this spring.
COMPARING MOSLEY’S TWO SEASONS
Sophomore Rusty Mosley is averaging 73.15 strokes in 19 rounds during seven tournaments this year. He played in four tournaments during the fall season and has played in three during the spring season. Mosley is averaging three full strokes less this year (73.15) in seven tournaments than he did as a freshman in nine tournaments (76.15). He earned his first career top-10 finish at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate during the fall of 2002.
Mosley’s Dramatic Improvement
Season Tournaments Rounds Stroke Avg.
2000-01 9 26 76.15
2002-03 7 19 73.15
SESTILIO GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS
Sophomore Mark Sestilio, the third second-year player in Florida State’s starting lineup, is competing in his first ACC Championship this weekend. After not competing in any events during his first two years as a Seminole, Sestilio has played in four events this year including three this spring. Sestilio enjoyed the best tournament of his career at the Seminole Intercollegiate this spring. He posted career-bests for top finish, low single round, low 36 hole and low tournament scores.
Sestilio’s Best During His First Season
Category Mark Event
Best Finish T20 Seminole Intercollegiate
Low Round 70 Seminole Intercollegiate
Low 36-Hole Total 145 Seminole Intercollegiate
Low Tournament 220 Seminole Intercollegiate
WALLACE HAS EARNED HIS PLAYING TIME
Freshman Adam Wallace will play in his first ACC Championship as he tees off Friday for the Seminoles. It marks the second consecutive year the Seminoles will play with a true freshman in their lineup at the conference championship. Wallace has played in six tournaments this year (four during the spring season and two during the fall season). He carded his career-best round of 70 during the second round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate and earned his career-best finish of tied for 28th at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate last fall.
SEMINOLE NEWS AND NOTES…
…Florida State’s best round in its five tournaments this spring has been the second round. The Seminoles average a team-score of 292 in the second round with five of its top single round scores coming in round two;
…Florida State’s golfers have carded 11 rounds of even-par or better golf this spring. The best single rounds scores (70) came from the clubs of three different players – Peter Mitchell (Gator Invitational), Mark Sestilio (Seminole Intercollegiate) and Adam Wallace (Palmetto Intercollegiate);
…Florida State has finished in the top-10 of four of its five events this spring;
…Florida State’s top two rounds vs. par came in the second and third rounds of the Seminole Intercollegiate when the team carded consecutive team scores of 288. Both team scores were even for the par 72 course at the Golden Eagle Golf Club in Tallahassee;
…Florida State’s best tournament score also came in its only home event of the season – the Seminole Intercollegiate – as the team totaled an 876 for the three-round event.
Sophomore Matt Adcock earned the prestigious Golden ‘Nole for men’s golf at the annual Golden ‘Nole banquet April 7. The awards were created to recognize the outstanding overall achievement by Florida State student-athletes and athletic teams and are presented annually.
GOETZE NAMED TO ACC 50TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Nicky Goetze, Florida State’s head coach, was been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary men’s golf team as announced by commissioner John Swofford. Currently in his third season as the Seminoles’ head coach, Goetze has led Florida State to 20 top-10 finishes during his first three years as head coach. Goetze was a three-time All-American during his career as a player at Clemson. He earned second-team honors as a senior, third-team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention All-America honors as a junior. He helped Clemson to a share of the ACC Championship in 1990 and finished second in the individual standings of the ACC championship as a senior in 1993. Goetze earned All-ACC honors in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Goetze is still ranked in Clemson’s top-10 in stroke average, rounds under-par and top-10 finishes. He has also played in more tournaments and more rounds than any player in Tiger history.