Feb. 5, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team begins its 2003 spring season as it travels to the Gator Invitaitonal Feb. 8-9. The Seminoles earned four top-10 finishes in five events as they played one of the nation’s toughest schedules during the fall 2002 season. The Seminoles’ earned their best team finish (seventh place) at the Mason Rudolph Classic as two players finished in the top 25 and four players in the top 50 of the individual standings. Florida State competed in five of the toughest tournaments of the fall and played the 44th toughest schedule of the nations 288 NCAA teams. The Seminoles were one of six Atlantic Coast Conference teams with a strength of schedule ranking in the nation’s top 50.
SEMINOLES OPEN SPRING AT GATOR INVITATIONAL
Florida State begins its spring 2003 season as it plays at the highly competitive Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 8-9. The Seminoles will be joined by Alabama, Alabama Birmingham, Augusta State, the College of Charleston, Florida, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, North Florida, Ohio State, Purdue, South Florida and Vanderbilt in the 26th annual event which annual tees off Florida State’s spring season.
MOSLEY LEADS SEMINOLES DURING FALL SEASON
Sophomore Rusty Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.) enjoyed the best season of his Seminole career during the fall as he led the team with a career-best 72.45 stroke average. He entered the season with a career averaged of 76.15 strokes in 26 rounds. With a team-leading six rounds of par or better, nine rounds with scores of 75 or lower and a team-low and career-best round of 68, he averaged 3.70 strokes better per round this season than he had for the first nine tournaments of his collegiate career. Mosley earned his career-best finish of tied for 10th in the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate as he finished with a career-best three-under par score of 141 for the rain shortened two-round tournament. It marked the first time he had finished under par in 13 collegiate tournaments.
LUNSENHOP CONTINUES TO BE A SEMINOLE MAINSTAY
Junior Brad Lusenhop (Gloversville, N.Y.) continued to be one of the Seminoles top golfers as he averaged a near-career best 74.63 strokes in eight rounds during three tournaments in the fall 2002 season. Lusenhop earned the third top 25 finish of his Florida State as he place tied for 25th at the Windon Memorial with a three-round score of 223. His 223 score is the third best tournament score of his 21 tournament career. Lusenhop has played the best golf of his Seminole career during the last three seasons (fall 2001, spring 2002 and fall 2002) as he has competed in 14 tournaments and averaged 75/20 strokes in 44 rounds during 15 tournaments.
BEERS AND BEATY CONTINUE TO BE STEADY FOR FLORIDA STATE
Junior Alan Beers (Midlothian, Va.) and sophomore Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.) continued to be two of the steadiest players in Florida State’s lineup during the fall 2002 season. The pair competed in four tournaments each and finished among the team leaders in numerous categories. Beers and Beaty were among the team leaders in rounds played (11 and 12 respectively), scores of 75 or better (seven and eight), low round score (71 by both players) and average score (74.64 and 75.25). Beers and Beaty were two of three Seminole players who competed in at least four events.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2002)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Matt Adcock 2 6 2 6 69 433 72.17
Rusty Mosley 4 11 6 9 68 797 72.45
Tim Vickers 1 3 0 3 73 221 73.67
Adam Wallace 2 5 2 4 72 369 73.80
Brad Lusenhop 3 8 2 5 71 597 74.63
Alan Beers 4 11 3 7 71 821 74.64
Eric Beaty 4 12 1 8 71 903 75.25
Gonzalo Ibarraran 3 8 0 4 73 607 75.88
Peter Mitchell 1 3 0 1 75 237 79.00
Mark Sestilio 1 3 0 0 76 239 79.67
VICKERS AND WALLACE ENJOY STRONG SEASONS
Junior Tim Vickers (Alpharetta, Ga.) and freshman Adam Wallace (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) enjoyed strong first seasons as members of the Seminole men’s golf team. Vickers competed in one event (The Mason Rudolph Championship) and averaged 73.67 strokes in three rounds and finished in a tied for 48th place in the individual standings. Wallace competed in the final two events of the season for the Seminoles and earned the first top-30 finish of his career in the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate. Wallace shot an even par 72 in his first collegiate round and a one over par 73 in his second to finish with a one-over 145 total during the rain shortened event.
ADCOCK STATES HIS CASE FOR PLAYING TIME
Sophomore Matt Adcock (Apopka, Fla.) stated his case for inclusion in the Seminoles’ starting five as he led the Florida State with a 72.17 average in two tournaments during the fall season. He finished in a career-best tied for 21st place in the Mason Rudolph Championship and in a tie for 32nd place in the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions. Adcock earned career-bests for best finish (tied 21st), career-low round (69, second round) and career-best tournament score (231) at the Mason Rudolph in helping Florida State to a seventh place finish in the team standings.
IBARRARAN GETS HIMSELF ON THE COURSE
Freshman Gonzalo Ibarraran (Saltillo, Coahulia, Mexico) earned his way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup for the first time during his two-year Seminole career and participated in three events during the fall 2002 season. The redshirt freshman was one of Florida State’s top performers in the Mason Rudolph Championship, Windon Memorial and Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate tournaments. He carded four scores (in eight rounds) of 75 or better and averaged 75.88 strokes in those eight rounds.
SESTILIO MAKES HIS FIRST APPEARANCE
Sophomore Mark Sestilio (Punta Gorda, Fla.) made his first appearance as Seminole as a member of Florida State’s starting lineup during the Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Invitational during the fall 2002 season. He shot a career-best 76 in the second round of the tournament and totaled a career-best 36 hole total of 154 after the first day of play.
CHIPPING ONTO THE GREEN…
…Florida State averaged a cumulative score of 75.62 strokes in 70 rounds during five tournaments during the fall…Rusty Mosley (68) and Matt Adcock (69) carded the two best single round scores of the fall season for the Seminoles – both were career low scores.
CLEVELAND GOLF/KIAWAH ISLAND INVIT RECAP
Sophomore Eric Beaty finished in 16th place to lead the Seminole men’s golf team to a ninth place finish in the team standings at the Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Invitational at Turtle Pond Golf Course. Beaty and teammate Brad Lusenhop (tied for 23rd-place) led Florida State as both finished in the top 25 to lead the team to its first top-10 team finish of the season. Beaty finished the tournament with a three-over par 75 in the third round for a three-round total of 222. His individual finish of tied for 16th is two places better than his previous best finish if 18th at the 2001 Mason Rudolph Championship. He averaged 74.00 strokes per round for the event. Beaty’s tied for 16th-place individual finish marks the best finish of his career.
MASON RUDOLPH COLLEGIATE CHAMP RECAP
Sophomore Rusty Mosley shot a career-low 68 in the final round to help the Florida State men’s golf team finish in seventh place in the team standings at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship at the Legends Club Golf Course. Mosley finished in a tie for 14th place in the individual standings as he established career-bests for individual finish, single round score and tournament score. The Seminoles finished in seventh place in the team standings to mark their second consecutive top-10 finish of the season. Florida State improved each of its single-round team scores during the course of the three-round event and finished with a 54-hole total of 863.
WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC RECAP
The Florida State men’s golf team finished in 10th place in the team standings at the Windon Memorial Classic at the Glen View Club. Junior Brad Lusenhop earned the fourth top-25 finish of his career as he led the Seminoles in the individual standings. Lusenhop carded a three-over par 75 in the third round to finish with a 223 total for the 54-hole event. The three-round score was the fourth best of his collegiate career and marked the fourth time in his last nine tournaments that he has averaged 75.00 strokes per round or better for a 54-hole event. Sophomore Alan Beers also carded a 75 in third round action and finished in 30th place. His three-round total of 224 was only one stroke from Lusenhop’s team leading total. Beers carded two rounds of 75 or better during the event.
GARY KOCH/CLEV. GOLF INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP
Florida State finished in 10th place in the team standings and sophomore Rusty Mosley finished in a tie for 10th-place in the individual standings as the rain-shortened Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Invitational. The event was shortened to two rounds and 36 holes (from three rounds and 54 holes) because of inclement weather. The second round was halted Monday because of lightning in the area. Sophomore Rusty Mosley led the Seminoles with a two-round total of 141 and finished in a tie for 10th-place in the individual standings. Mosley carded a 70 in the second round. Mosley’s finish was the first top-10 finish during his 12 tournament collegiate career.
COCA-COLA TOURAMENT OF CHAMPIONS RECAP
Florida State closed out its fall season with an 11th-place finish at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions at the Holston Hill Country Club. Sophomore Rusty Mosley fired two consecutive even par rounds of 72 and finished in a tie for 23rd-place in the individual standings to mark the third time in four fall events he had finished in the top-25 of the individual standings. Junior Alan Beers led the Seminoles with a one-under par 71 while Mosley and sophomore Matt Adcock carded even-par scores of 72. The Seminoles’ team score was tied for the fifth-best of the final round. Mosley carded scores of even-par 72 in the second and third rounds of the tournament and finished with a 218 total for the 54-hole event. The 218 total is the second best of his career and sits right behind his career-best 211 total during the Mason Rudolph Classic.
FORIDA STATE HOSTS SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE
The Florida State men’s golf team will play host to the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., March 10-11, 2003. The three-round, 54-hole event is held on one of the top golf courses in the southeastern United States.