PHILADELPHIA (7/01/03) - With arguably the most talented tandem of newcomers in program history leading the way, the Saint Joseph's University golf team soared to new heights in 2002-03. Freshmen Billy Stewart and Sean Seese indelibly etched their names in Hawk lore by guiding the team to its best-ever Atlantic 10 Championship finish and within a whisker of the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. Stewart provided a glimpse of his immense talent when he earned A-10 Player and Rookie of the Week honors by placing 13th in his first collegiate tournament. His steady and often stellar play continued the rest of the season, as the Hawks competed against an upgraded invitational schedule. Stewart led the team during both the fall and spring seasons and notched an impressive 74.5 stroke average for the year, while recording five top-20 finishes during the year. Stewart capped the year in grand fashion by becoming the first player in program history to earn individual medalist honors at the Atlantic 10 Championship. The newcomer shot a two-over par 215 (74-70-71) for the three-day tournament to win the event by a stroke. His victory marked the first time in A-10 history a rookie had captured the medalist award. He garnered A-10 Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie accolades, as well as all-conference honors for his effort. Joining Stewart on the all-conference team was Seese. A two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week choice during the season, he finished the year with the team's second best stroke average (76.1). He had four top-20 finishes and capped the year by placing third at the A-10 Championship, the third-highest finish by a Hawk at the event. Co-captains junior Brian McDermott and senior Mike Bosica ranked with Stewart and Seese as the only Hawk linksters to play all 27 rounds during the year. McDermott, who was honored as the team's most valuable player for the second time in three years, was again a steady presence. He placed third on the team with a 76.3 stroke average and placed in the top 20 five times during the year. Bosica, who received the team's Vazquez Award for loyalty, closed out his college career by averaging 78.8 strokes per outing. Juniors Bill Devlin and Tom Spano split time in the final slot in the team's rotation. Devlin averaged 78.9 strokes in 19 rounds of play and capped the year with a career-best 29th place finish at the A-10 Championship. Spano, meanwhile, averaged 80.2 strokes in 15 rounds. Junior Ryan MacDonald and sophomores Steve Curry and Tom Flatley rounded out the Hawk roster. Head coach Bob Lynch was recognized as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year after guiding SJU to second place at the A-10 Championship. His vision was critical to the team's upgraded schedule which featured the longest road trip for any team in school history - a trip to Kauai, Hawaii to compete in the Collegiate Cup.