Summer 2004: Competed at the Western Amateur Championship ... Shot a 71 in the Western Amateur Qualifier ... Advanced to match play at the Michigan Amateur Championship.
2003-04: Competed in all 11 events ... Posted the lowest stroke average on the squad (74.16) to rank fifth on MSU's single-season chart ... Recorded five top-20 finishes, including three in the top 10 ... MSU's top finisher in the last five events, including a tie for seventh at the Kepler Invitational and Big Ten Championship and a tie for ninth at the Bruce Fossum/TaylorMade Invitational ... Tied for 12th at the Adams Cup of Newport (222) and tied for 16th at the Duke Classic (221) ... Shot a 215 (70-70-75) and tied for 12th at the Border Olympics ... First top-10 finish of the year with a tie for seventh at the Kepler Invitational (220) and followed up in a tie for ninth at the Fossum (221) ... Equaled 54-hole tournament low with a career-best 213 (69-71-73) at the Big Ten Championships en route to a tie for seventh place.
Summer 2003: Advanced to the Sweet 16 at the Michigan Amateur Championship ... Finished stroke play with a with a two-round score of 134 (70-64), 6-under-par to take medalist honors ... In doing so, set three Michigan Amateur Championship records: lowest two-round total to earn medalist honors (134); lowest single round in a Michigan Amateur Championship (64); and competitive course record at Belvedere Golf Club (64) ... In addition, tied the course record (casual round of 64 made by Chuck Kocsis on October 6, 1964) ... Won the Muskegon City Match Play Tournament ... Qualified for the U.S. Open sectionals ... Tied for eighth at the 2003 GAM Championship ... Fourth at the Michigan Medal Play/Horton Smith with a 70-66-72-71 at the Detroit Golf Club.
2002-03: Competed in 11 of 12 events ... 74.58 stroke average was third lowest on the team ... Posted five top-20 finishes beginning with a 14th-place showing at the Northern Intercollegiate ... At the Northern Intercollegiate, turned in his lowest 54-hole score of the season with a 213 (74-72-67) ... 4-under 67 in the final round of the Northern Intercollegiate was his lowest-round of the season and tied for his lowest career round ... First top-10 finish of the season at the Big Red Classic when he shot a 69-74--143 on his way to ninth place ... Tied for 20th at the Conrad Rehling Alabama Spring Invitational when he posted a 78-74-69--221 ... Finished 12th at the Fossum/Taylor Made Classic with his second-lowest 54-hole total this season (71-70-75--214) ... Tied for 37th at the Big Ten Championships with a 299 (74-72-76-77) ... Shot a 223 (70-80-73) at the NCAA Central Regional.
Summer 2002: Placed second at the GAM Championship ... Also finished second at the Michigan Amateur Championship.
2001-2002: Competed in nine tournaments including the NCAA East Regional where he turned in the team's second-best performance ... Compiled a 75.11 stroke average ... Fired a season-low round of 67 in only his second collegiate tournament, the Adams Cup of Newport ... Carded a season-low tournament score of 218 (74-67-77) and tied for 19th place at the Adam's Cup of Newport ... Posted another top-20 finish at the Big Red Classic where he shot 219 (72-74-73), good for a share of 12th place ... Tied for second place at the Iowa Dual match.
High School: A three-time all-state selection at Muskegon Mona Shores ... As a senior, he had a 72.9 stroke average and was a member of the state championship team ... A four-year letter winner ... Named to the All-State Super Team ... Runner-up to Michigan's Mr. Golf ... Also earned three letters in hockey.
Personal: Son of George Ruthkoski and Terri Clock ... IDS-human resource management major ... Lists his father as his biggest golf influence and Tiger Woods as his favorite golfer.
Best Year Rnds Strokes Avg. Round Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 2001-02 27 2,028 75.11 67 1 1 3 2002-03 33 2,461 74.58 67 - 1 5 2003-04 32 2,373 74.16 69 - 3 6 Career 92 6,862 74.59 67 1 2 8
Low Round: 67, two times, last at 2002 Northern Intercollegiate
Low Tournament: 213, two times, last at 2004 Big Ten Championships