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GOLF TEAM CONTINUES STRONG FALL, PLACE SIXTH AT TEMPLE INVITATIONAL
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
MOOSIC, PA (10/05/02) - Expectations were high for the Saint Joseph's University golf team at the outset of its fall season and the squad continued to show why with an excellent sixth place finish at the competitive Temple Invitational. First-round leader Maryland played just well enough in the second round to hold off Central Connecticut, Princeton and Georgetown and win the 13-team event, which concluded today at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Freshman Billy Stewart led the way for the Crimson and Gray, finishing tied for fourth place in the individual competition. Stewart, who carded a 73 on Friday and a 72 on Saturday to shoot 145, finished just one stroke out of medalist contention, as three players were tied at 144 at the end of 36 holes, including freshman Andrew Gallo of George Washington, junior Nick Cook of Georgetown and freshman Jason Gerken of Princeton. Gallo and Gerken scored par on the first playoff hole to eliminate Cook, who saw his five-foot par attempt slide to the left of the hole. On the second playoff hole, Gerken left his second shot in the water hazard protecting the 358-yard, par-four 18th green. On his approach that followed, Gallo flew the green, but received a fortunate bounce off a footbridge to have a playable lie for his third shot. Gallo won it with a tap-in bogey five. In addition to Stewart, senior Mike Bosica also turned in a top 20 finish, his first of the season. Playing consistently, Bosica tallied a 75 on each day to finish with a 150 to tie for 20th place. Junior Brian McDermott and freshman Sean Seese also played well for SJU. McDermott (75, 77 - 152) tied for 25th place, while Seese (77, 78 - 155) tied for 35th. Rounding out the five man team for St. Joe's was junior Tom Spano (83, 87 - 170), who finished 62nd overall. Fellow junior Bill Devlin (85, 78 - 163) competed individually for the Hawks, placing 58th. The final team standings (two-round totals): 1. Maryland (588), 2. Central Connecticut State (591), 3. Princeton and Georgetown (592), 5. the host Temple Owls (596), 6. Lehigh and Saint Joseph's (602), 8. George Washington (603), 9. Duquesne (623), 10. Rutgers (626), 11. Villanova (627), 12. St. Bonaventure (631) and 13. Drexel (634). SJU returns to the links October 14 and 15 at the Xavier Invitational in Mason, Oh.