Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
DAYTON, OH (4/04/03) - Paced by the brilliant play of freshmen Billy Stewart and Sean Seese the Saint Joseph's men's golf team placed second overall at the 2003 Atlantic 10 Golf Championship held on the South Course of the NCR Country Club. Stewart was named both the Most Outstanding Player and the Most Outstanding Rookie after capturing individual medalist honors after carding a two over-par 215 for the 54-hole event. SJU's Bob Lynch was named the conference Coach of the Year. Seese (221) finished third overall and was named to the A-10 All-Conference team. The Hawks -- leaders after Saturday's second round -- shot a final-round 303 and finished at 902 (+50) for the tournament. The University of Rhode Island closed with a solid 295 Sunday and finished third at 908 (+56). Host University of Dayton, which shared the lead with Xavier after Friday's first round, finished tied for fourth with the University of Richmond at 913 (+61). Rounding out the 2003 field were: George Washington University (914), Temple University (920), St. Bonaventure University (922), Duquesne University (964), Fordham University (977) and La Salle University (996). The venerable course, which saw Raymond Floyd win the PGA Championship in 1969, was dominated by rookies on the weekend. Stewart shot a two-over par 215 (74-70-71) for the three-day tournament and edged XU freshman Andy Pope (Glen Ellyn, PA) by a stroke for medalist honors. Stewart's victory marked the first time in A-10 history a rookie has captured the medalist award. Stewart and Pope were in Sunday's final pairing with yet another freshman -- Dayton's Adam Myers. Stewart (74, 70, 71 - 215) edged Xavier's Andy Pope (70, 73, 73 - 216) by one stroke for top honors. Seese (76, 70, 75 - 221) was six strokes back in third place. Juniors Brian McDermott (77, 79, 76 - 232) and Bill Devlin (75, 79, 82 - 236) placed 20th and 29th, respectively. Senior Mike Bosica (82, 78, 81 - 241) tied for 37th to round out the Hawks' five man contingent. The second place finish was the highest for SJU at the A-10 Championships. The Hawks previous best effort was third place in 1993, 94 and 95. Stewart is the first Hawk to earn medalist honors at the event, while Seese's third place finish is tied for the third best finish at A-10's. The previous best individual Hawk finishes were a second place effort by Mike McDermott in 1997 and third place by Jason Buccino in 1993.