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August 9, 2012

21012-13 MEN'S GOLF PREVIEW

Senior Curtis Lubic will be counted on for leadership on a young Augustana team for the 2012-13 season. He was fourth on the squad in stroke average in 2011-12.

GENERAL INFORMATION

NAME: Augustana College

CITY/ZIP: Rock Island, Illinois 61201

FOUNDED: 1860

NICKNAME: Vikings

SCHOOL COLORS: Blue & Gold

ATHLETIC AFFILIATION: Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA)

CONFERENCE: College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW)

PRESIDENT: Steven Bahls

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Mike Zapolski

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PHONE: (309) 794-7521

GOLF HISTORY

FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1947

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN CHAMPIONS: 1955 - 1964 - 1966 - 1969 - 1972 - 1973 - 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1997 - 1999

ALL TIME DUAL MEET RECORD: 251-192 .567

SPORTS INFORMATION

SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR: Dave Wrath

SID OFFICE PHONE: (309) 794-7265

SID FAX: (309) 794-7525

CELL PHONE: (309) 737-5306

E-MAIL ADDRESS: davewrath@augustana.edu

AUGUSTANA INTERNET ADDRESS: www.augustana.edu

SID MAILING ADDRESS: Dave Wrath, Sports Information Director, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Carver PE Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

COACHING STAFF

HEAD COACH: Paul Del Vecchio: 2nd year as head coach at Augustana...The Vikings posted a 37-88-2 head-to-head record and finished eighth at the CCIW Championship in his first season.

TEAM INFORMATION

2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS: The Vikings finished eighth in the CCIW Championships with a four-day total of 1308 (339-316-333-320) ...Vikings finished with a head-to-head record of 37-88-2, ranked 163rd in Division III by Golfstat.com... Jeff Paustian, who finished tied for 26th (321-87-79-79-76), was the top Augustana finisher at the CCIW tournament...Jake Groselak's  tie for 5th-place (78) at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular was the Vikings' best individual finish...The team's best individual round was Grant Murphy's 73 in the first round of the Blueboy Invitational (4/21/2012).

2011-12 AUGUSTANA AWARDS

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER - Jake Groselak 
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER - John Stone
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Grant Murphy

INDIVIDUAL TOP TEN FINISHERS IN INVITATIONALS

T-10th, Max Channon (80-75-155) - Blueboy Invitational, 04/21-22/12  
T-5th, Jake Groselak (78) - Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular, 09/22/11

LETTER WINNERS LOST - Two:

Greg Karesh (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.)...2011-12: Averaged 88.3 strokes over three rounds  of play...Best round was 87 at Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...2010-11: Averaged 88.7 strokes over 7.5 rounds...Best finish was a tie for 14th at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular with a round 81, which was also his best round of the season.

Marko Loncar (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.)...2011-12: Shot a 91 at the Vike-Fire Scot Triangular in his only round of the season...2010-11: Averaged 89.7 strokes over 6.5 rounds...Best finish was a tie for 46th (177-88-89) at the Shootout in Aguila...Best round was an 80 at the Scot-Fire Invitational.

LETTER WINNERS RETURNING - 10:

Steve Beisswenger (Seneca HS, Seneca, Ill.), Sophomore...2011-12: Averaged 88.0 strokes over two rounds...Best round was 83 at Duane Chaney Invitational.

Max Channon (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.), Sophomore...2011-12: Averaged 84.4 strokes over 17 rounds...Best round was a second-round 75at the Blueboy Invitational, where his two-round total of 155 tied for 10th place.

Jake Groselak (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.), Sophomore...2011-12: Voted Vikings' Most Outstanding Player...Played in all 23 rounds and averaged a team-best 81.5 strokes...Best round was 77 at the Duane Chaney Invitational and Illinois Wesleyan Invitational...Best finish was a tie for fifth at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular.

Zeke Hartman (Eastland HS, Lanark, Ill.), Sophomore...2011-12: Shot a 92 at the Loras Fall Invite in his only round of the year.

Josh Kukla (Zion-Benton HS, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.), Sophomore... 2011-12: Averaged 88.4 strokes over 19 rounds...Best round was a 74 at the Duane Chaney Invitational, where his tie for 14th place was his best finish of the season.

Alex Lawson (Dakota HS, Davis, Ill.), Senior...2011-12: Averaged 92.7 strokes over three rounds with a best of 91 at the Loras Fall Invite.

Curtis Lubic (Kaneland HS, Sugar Grove, Ill.), Senior...2011-12: Played 20 rounds and was fourth on the team with an 83.3-stroke average...Best round was a 77 at the Duane Chaney Invitational...Best finish was a tie for 14th at the Elmhurst Invitational...2010-11: Averaged 83.5 strokes over 10.5 rounds...Best finish was a tie for 16th at Duane Chaney Invitational with a round of 79, which was also his best round of the season.

Grant Murphy (Dunlap HS, Peoria, Ill), Sophomore...2011-12: Voted Vikings' Newcomer of the Year...Played in all 23 rounds and was second on the team with a per-round average of 82.2 strokes...Had Vikings' best round of the season with a 73 at the Blueboy Invitational...Best finish was a tie for 14th (78) at the Elmhurst Invitational.

Jeff Paustian (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), Senior...2011-12: Third on the team with an average of 83.1 strokes over 19 rounds of play... Best round was a 74 at the Augustana Invitational...Best finish was a tie for 18th at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...Vikings' top finisher at the CCIW Championship with a four-round total of 321 (tie for 26th) ...2010-11: Viking "Most Improved Player"...Averaged 80.9 strokes over 15.5 rounds...Best finish was a tie for fifth (77) at the Red Poling Classic...Best round was a 75 at the Augustana Invitational.

John R. Stone (Rockridge HS, Reynolds, Ill.), Junior...2011-12: Voted Vikings' Most Improved Player...Averaged 86.7 strokes over three rounds...Best round was an 83 at the Duane Chaney Invitational...Tied for 21st at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...2010-11: Viking "Newcomer of the Year"...Averaged 90.7 strokes over 7.5 rounds...Best finish was a tie for 27th (89) at the Vike-Fire-Scot Triangular...Best round was 81 at the Scot-Fire Invitational.