May 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State closes out its 2002 season as it travels to play in the third annual Atlanta Intercollegiate presented by Warehouse 1 and hosted by Georgia State University. The event will be played at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga. The teams will play 54-holes over a two day period with 36 being played Thursday and the final 18 being played Friday. Tee times are set for 8 a.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday. Georgia earned the team championship last season with an 18-stroke victory over Florida. A total of seven top-25 ranked individual players are scheduled to participate in the event which is the last warm-up prior to the NCAA regional tournaments that begin May 16.
THE ATLANTA INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by Auburn, Augusta State, Duke, East Tennessee State, Florida, Georgia, Georgia State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Florida, Tennessee, and UAB.
FLORIDA STATE AT THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Florida State University men’s golf team finished in sixth place in the team standings at the 49th annual Atlantic Coast Conference championship – its best team finish since coming in fifth in 1995. Junior Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) finished in a tie for ninth place in the team standings as he finished the event with a career-best 211 score for the 54-hole event. The Seminoles finished the tournament with three of its top seven single round team scores this season including a season-best 282 in the second round. The Seminoles three-round total of 868 was their best at the ACC championship since totaling an 866 in 1988 and was 29 strokes better than their team score during last year’s tournament when they finished in eighth place. In addition, the Seminoles’ two-spot improvement in the team standings was the best of any of the nine ACC teams from last season to this season.
MITCHELL CONTINUES HIS SEASON LONG ROLL
Peter Mitchell, who has finished in the top 15 of three of his last four tournaments, completed the best tournament of his career at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. He tied his career-low score for a single round with identical scores of 70 in rounds one and two; completed his top 36-hole (140) and 54-hole (211) scores and finished a career-best five-under par for the tournament. Mitchell is a combined four-under par over the last two tournaments and has shot five of his last six rounds at 72 or below.
BEATY AND WESTBROOOK ENJOY STRONG OUTINGS AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Freshman Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.), who shot his tournament-best 69 in round two, came on strong in the final two rounds of the tournament and finished in a tie for 23rd place. He finished tied with teammate Rick Westbrook (Alto, Ga.) who carded a two-under par 70 in round one and an even par 72 in round two.
SEMINOLES’ LINEUP HAS BEEN STEADY THIS SPRING
Florida State’s starting lineup (Mitchell, Beaty, Westbrook, Alan Beers and Brad Lusenhop) has played as a quintet in all six of the Seminoles’ events this spring. The players have combined to average 74.63 strokes in 18 rounds, shot par or better 20 times, carded 54 scores of 75 or below and earned two scores of 68 or below. In addition, the Seminoles have earned a pair of top ten finishes and earned the best finish for a Florida State men’s golf team in the ACC Championship since 1995.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Peter Mitchell 6 18 8 15 70 1,316 73.11
Eric Beaty 6 18 3 11 67 1,335 74.16
Rick Westbrook 6 18 5 10 70 1,348 74.89
Alan Beers 6 18 3 9 68 1,354 75.22
Brad Lusenhop 6 18 1 8 71 1,364 75.78
Matt Ackley 1 3 0 1 75 238 79.67
TAKING A LOOK AT MITCHELL’S SEASON
Junior Peter Mitchell is enjoying his best season as a Seminole with a career-low 73.11 stroke average in 18 rounds and three top-10 individual finishes. He enjoyed his best tournament at the ACC Championship with a tied for ninth-place finish in the individual standings to mark the second top-10 individual finish. Mitchell finished in a career-best tied for seventh place in the individual standings at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.
MITCHELL’S FINISH AT THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP…
…Mitchell finished in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings in his first ever ACC Championship appearance;
…Mitchell finished with a career-low tournament score of 211which was five strokes better than his previous low tournament score;
…Mitchell finished with a career-best minus-5 score vs. par that was five strokes better than his previous best low score vs. par;
…Mitchell shot three consecutive rounds below 72 for the first time in his career;
…Mitchell’s back-to-back scores of two-under par 70 tied his career low round that he has now shot three times this season.
PRACTICE MAKES FOR A BETTER GOLFER
Junior Peter Mitchell is averaging more than 3.5 strokes fewer during the 2001-02 season (fall and spring combined) than he did during the first two years of his Seminole career. He has played in more events, more rounds and has more top 10 individual finishes this year than he did as a freshman and a sophomore combined.
Breaking Down Mitchell’s Career
Category First Two Years This Year
Events 6 7
Rounds 18 21
Top 10 Finishes 0 3
Stroke Average 77.44 73.90
Low Round 73 70
Low Tournament 226 211
BEATY TOPS SEMINOLES’ STELLAR FRESHMEN CLASS
Freshman Eric Beaty, who is ranked second on the team with a 74.16 stroke average, has become the leader of Florida State’s very talented 2001-02 class of newcomers. He has posted three of the Seminoles’ top four single round scores and two of the top 10 tournament scores this spring. Beaty’s third round score of 67 (minus five) is the best single round score by a Seminole and helped him finish in a career-best tie for 18th-place in the individual standings at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship.
BEATY CONSISTENT ALL YEAR LONG
Freshman Eric Beaty, who finished as the second highest-ranking Seminole at the ACC Championship, has been very consistent during both the fall and spring seasons during his first year at Florida State. He has carded only one round (out of 33) above a 78 and has finished with six rounds of par or better. Beaty is one of only two Seminoles (he is joined by sophomore Brad Lusenhop) who have played in all 11 events for the team this year. He is averaging a solid 74.24 strokes in 33 rounds during his inaugural collegiate season.
WESTBROOK CLOSING OUT YEAR ON HIGH NOTE
Senior Rick Westbrook is playing the best golf of his Seminole career as the weather heats up and the competition gets better. He has finished a combined total of 13 strokes over par in his last three tournaments as compared to his 16 over par finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate. Westbrook has carded four rounds at par or better, seven rounds at 75 or better and only two rounds above 75 in his last nine rounds. His highest single round score in his last three tournaments is a 76.
BREAKING WESTBROOK’S SEASON IN TWO
Senior Rick Westbrook can remember the spring season of his senior years in two different ways. He can look at the second half of the spring and wish he’d played it like he did the second half of the season. Westbrook has finished in an average finishing place of 27th-place with an average single-round score of 73.11 and an average tournament score of 219.3 in the Seminoles’ three most recent events (Cleveland Golf, Billy Hitchcock/ACC Championship) as compared to an average finish of 56th-place, an average round of 76.67 and an average tournament score of 230.0 in Florida State’s first three events (Gator/Mercedes-Benz and Seminole Intercollegiate).
A Tale Of Two Seasons
Events Avg./Round Avg./Tourn.
First 3 76.67 230.0
Last 3 73.11 219.3
Improvement -3.56 -10.7
LUSENHOP ENJOYING CAREER YEAR
Sophomore Brad Lusenhop, who has played in every tournament this year for Florida State, is enjoying the best year of his Seminole career. After redshirting in 2000-01, he averaged a career-best 74.53 strokes in 15 rounds last fall and is averaging 75.78 stokes in 18 rounds this spring. Lusenhop carded his low career round of 71in the first round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate and totaled his low tournament score of 215 during the Mason Rudolph Invitational. He finished in a career-best tied tie for 22nd-place during the fall season.
Breaking Out Lunsenhop’s Year
Category 01-02 Best 99-00 Best
Best Finish T22 (twice) T34
Single Round Score 69 72
Tournament Score 215 226
Score vs. Par +1 +9
Best 54 Hole Score 141 147
Stroke Average 74.53 (fall) 76.71
BEERS PERFORMING WELL IN FIRST SEMINOLE YEAR
Sophomore Alan Beers (Midlothian, Va.), who has carded three of the Seminoles’ six lowest scores this season, is ranked fourth on the team with a 75.22 stroke average during the spring season. He has finished among Florida State’s top two individual finishers in two of Seminoles’ six tournaments this spring. He earned his career-best finish of tied for 27th in his first tournament as a Seminole, the Kiawah Island Invitational in September.
BEERS AMONG THE SEMINOLES’ BEST
Sophomore Alan Beers is among the best of the best for the Seminoles this season. His top two rounds of the season rank among Florida State’s top five rounds.
Seminoles’ Top Spring Rounds
Score vs. Par Player Event Date
67 -5 Eric Beaty Mercedes-Benz Feb. 19
68 -3 Alan Beers Cleveland Golf March 19
69 -2 Eric Beaty Cleveland Golf March 19
69 -3 Eric Beaty ACC Champ March 20
70 E Alan Beers Gator Invite. Feb. 9
70 -2 Peter Mitchell Seminole Inter. March 11
70 -2 Peter Mitchell ACC Champ. April 19
70 -2 Peter Mitchell ACC Champ. April 20
70 -2 Rick Westbrook ACC Champ April 20
NOTING FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF…
…Florida State’s best team finish (tied for sixth), lowest team tournament score (868), lowest team score vs. par (+4), lowest single round team score (282, 2nd round) and lowest individual tournament score (211 by Peter Mitchell) all came at the ACC Championship.