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  Michael Buttacavoli
Michael Buttacavoli

Hometown:
Miami Beach, Fla.

High School:
Ransom Everglades

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 150

Experience:
4L


At Rice
2009-10: Led Rice with seven, Top 10 finishes during the year including four during the spring campaign ... had a 73.74 strokes per round average for the year ... helped lead the Owls to a tie for second at the Conference USA Golf Championship ... was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team ... headlined the Conference USA All-Academic Team as a unanimous selection ... named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Third-Team ... also named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America ... began the year with a second-place individual finish at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational as the Owls won the tournament by two strokes ... victory was Rice University's first tournament championship in 11 years ... one of three Rice golfers to birdie the final hole of the tournament as the Owls won the tournament by two strokes ... was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week following a six-under performance at the UTA-hosted event ... carded a three-round score of 210 (70-68-72) ... event marked the senior's return to golf after missing the 2009 spring season with a knee injury ... followed up the performance at UTA with a tie for ninth at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate ... shot an even-par 216 (74-70-72) as the Owls posted a fourth-place finish ... tied for eighth individually at the final event of the fall, the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate ... again shot an even par 216 (72-71-73), helping the Owls to a second-place team finish ... tied for sixth as the Owls won the 10th Annual Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon ... carded a three-round score of 224 (74-75-75) at the home event ... in the Owls' second event of the spring carded a two-round score of 145 (76-69) as Rice posted a second-place finish at the weather-shortened J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate ... earned his second Conference USA Golfer of the Week honor following the event ... grabbed his second Top 10 finish of the year at an event hosted by Squire Creek Country Club, finishing 10th at the Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic with a 224 (75-75-74) ... tied for ninth at the Jim West Intercollegiate as the Owls finished third at the event played at Victoria Country Club ... shot a three-over par 219 (75-73-71) ... shot a 10-over par 226 at the Conference USA Golf Championship to tie for 32nd individually.

Michael Buttacavoli


2008-09: Led Rice with a 73.64 strokes-per-round average during the fall season ... missed the spring season after knee surgery following the fall ... during the injury-shortened season, helped lead the Owls to a tie for third at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. to cap the fall season ... shot a three-under 210 (70-67-73) at the tournament played at Brookside Country Club ... his 67 during the second round of the tournament tied for the fifth-best, 18-hole score at Rice since 1985 ... was three-under par on the back nine to move to the top of the leader board heading into the final round ... went on to finish a stroke back of the individual medalist ... named the Conference USA Co-Player of the Week following the Pacific Invitational ... also had a top-20 finish at the Kansas Men's Invitational ... shot a 71 during the tournament's final round to move into a tie for 18th ... shot a six-over par 222 (77-74-71) ... Rice tied for eighth at the Kansas Men's Invitational ... named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America ... academically, was also named to both the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll as well as received the Commissioner's Medal for carrying better than a 3.75 grade point average.

2007-08: Played in 10 of 12 events during the year and led the squad with a 74.08 stroke average ... posted a pair of Top 15s as well as a runner-up finish during the spring season ... was a unanimous selection to the Conference USA All-Academic Golf Team ... received the Conference USA Academic medal for the second straight year ... was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Men's At Large Team as selected by the membership of the College Sports Information Directors of America at the end of the season ... opened the spring with a two-round score of 137 (-7) to place second at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Southern Utah ... the following week finished in a tie for 12th at the 8th Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon ... carded a 68 during the tournament's second round to tie a Rice Intercollegiate record for the lowest second-round score ... had a three-round score of 221 (+5) as the Owls posted an eighth-place finish ... went on to start the spring season with a third straight Top 20, finishing in a tie for 16th at the Cuthbert Cup at Kiawah Island, S.C., carding a two-round score of 146 (+2) at the weather-shortened event ... played in all five events of the fall season ... top finish was a tie for 34th at the two-round Memphis Intercollegiate (76-74=150) ... after shooting six-over par for the Memphis tournament, was five-over par at the Squire Creek Classic hosted by Louisiana Tech ... opened the tournament with a 77 and 73 but carded a fall, season-low 71 during the tournament's final round to finish in a tie for 35th ... for the fall averaged 74.58 strokes over 12 rounds, second-best on the squad.

2006-07: Played in seven tournaments as a freshman including five during the spring season ... in first collegiate tournament shot a 243 (80-83-80) to finish in a tie for 74th at the Scenic City Invitational played on The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. ... first spring action came playing as an individual at the Rice Intercollegiate ... shot a three-round score of 236 (80-78-78) to finish 20-over par and finish in a tie for 36th ... top performance in the spring was a tie for 43rd at the Bruce Fossum Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State ... was seven-over par, carding a three-round score of 223 (76-74-73) ... closed out the spring with a 50th-place finish at the Conference USA Championship.

Amateur Highlights
2009: Tied for 11th at the Spriit of America Golf Classic held at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur, Ala. ... opened the tournament with a 69 and closed the four-round event with a one-over par 72 to shoot a 289 (+5) ... also played in the Southern Amateur held at Colonial Country Club outside of Memphis ... opened the tournament with a 69 and shot a three-under par 28 to tie for 27th at the Southern Golf Association's premier event.

2008: Tied for 21st at the Spirit of America Golf Tournament held at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur, Ala. ... shot a four-round score of 285 (74-67-74-70) ... also tied for 25th at the Florida State Amateur held at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla. ... had a four round score of 299 (79-74-72-74). 2007: Was a USGA Amateur Qualifier with a win (66-67=133) ... also played in the Southern Amateur, carding a 73-72-71-77=293. 2005: Captured the Southern Junior championship (70-70-70=210) ... was an AJGA All-America honorable mention selection ... placed 10th at the First American Title Junior Classic after carding a 65 during the tournament's final round (77-72-65=214) ... was 27th at the Golf Pride Junior Classic (72-78-74=224) and 33rd at the Ping Junior at Mirasol ... also placed 41st at the HP Boys Junior Championship.

Ransom Everglades High School
Selected First-Team All-Dade County ... placed fourth at the Future Collegians World Tour event held on the Silver Course at Doral (75-72-69=216) ... qualified for state as a freshman by placing second at Regional tournament with a 69.

Personal
Born March 26, 1988, in Miami Beach, Fla. ... son of Frank and Mayra Buttacavoli of Miami Beach, Fla. ... has two brothers ... older brother Frank was a four-year golf letter winner at Rice ... ... the weekend prior to the Owls' return to the NCAA Regionals, had his bachelor's degree in Economics (minor in Business conferred during Rice University's commencement on May 15.

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