June 1, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team enjoyed a strong season during the spring of 2001as it showed improvement each time it ventured onto the course. Under first-year head coach Nicky Goetze, the Seminoles earned six consecutive top-10 finishes to close out the season. The season was highlighted by a sixth-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee. Three of the Seminoles’ top five golfers from this spring season are scheduled to return to the lineup for the 2001-02 season.
DONALDSON EARNS FIRST CAREER VICTORY AT CAVALIER CLASSIC
Florida State’s Mark Donaldson (Kirkaldy, Scotland), competing in his 27th and final collegiate tournament, earned medalist honors at the 2001 Cavalier Classic at the Birdwood Golf Course. Donaldson finished the 36-hole tournament with a three-under par 141 score to finish ahead of a group of three golfers who completed the tournament with one-under par scores of 143. Donaldson’s individual victory was the first by a Seminole golfer since George McNeil finished first in the Tennessee Tournament of Champions during the fall 1997 season. Donaldson shot a one-under par 70 in the second of two rounds to complement his two-under par 70 in the first round. He trailed Chris Wisler of East Tennessee State by one stroke when play began in Monday’s second round. Donaldson shot one-under par for the second round, while Wisler shot a two-over 74 and finished in a tie for second place
SEMINOLES FINISH IN THIRD PLACE AT FINAL EVENT OF SPRING SEASON
Senior Mark Donaldson’s first-place finish at the Cavalier Classic led Florida State to a third place finish in the team standings. The Seminoles shot a seven-over par 295 in the first round and totaled a 592 for the two-day tournament. The 295-team score marked the best single-round team score for the Seminoles this spring. Senior Kris Hannah (Tallahassee, Fla.) closed out his collegiate career with an 11th-place finish in the individual standings. He carded a five-over par 149 for the two-day event. Junior Rick Westbrook (Alto, Ga.) shot an even-par 72 in the tournament’s second round and finished in a tie for 16th-place with a two-day total of 151. Westbrook moved from 27th place after the first round to 16th in the final standings as he improved his scored by seven strokes.
FLORIDA STATE WITH SIX TOP 10 FINISHES
Florida State earned six top-10 finishes in its last six tournaments of the 2001 spring season. The Seminoles finished in a season-best tied for sixth place at the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., and in seventh place at the Louisiana Spring Invitational in Baton Rouge. La.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE SEMINOLE GOLF COURSE
…Senior Mark Donaldson led the team in scoring in five of the team’s eight tournaments during the spring
…Four different Seminoles (Donaldson, Westbrook, Lewis and Mosley) topped Florida State’s team leader board during the spring season.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Mark Donaldson 8 23 6 15 69 1,710 74.35
Rick Westbrook 8 23 5 9 69 1,737 75.52
Andy Lewis 6 17 3 7 70 1,285 75.59
Rusty Mosley 5 14 0 3 73 1,074 76.71
Kris Hannah 8 23 0 7 73 1,768 76.87
Jason Lopez 2 6 0 0 77 475 79.16
Peter Mitchell 1 3 0 0 76 245 81.67
Brian Hawver 2 6 0 0 79 493 82.17
NOTING THE FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF TEAM
…Three Seminoles (Donaldson, Hannah and Westbrook) competed in all eight events and all 23 rounds for Florida State during the spring season
…Sophomore Andy Lewis carded 10 rounds (out of 17) at 75 or below
…Senior Kris Hannah shot six consecutive rounds of 75 or less to close out the season. He shot only one round of 75 or less during the first five tournaments of the spring season
…Senior Mark Donaldson shot eight consecutive rounds of 65 or below in his final three tournaments to close out the season. He averaged 72.38 strokes in the final eight rounds of his collegiate career
…The Seminoles’ 295 team scoring in the final round of the Cavalier Classic (the final round of the season) was their best of the spring season.
DONALDSON LEADS SEMINOLES DURING SEASON
Senior Mark Donaldson was Florida State’s top golfer during the 2000-01 season and was one of the top team members during his four-year career. He shot a career-low four-under par 68 in the second round of the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions during the Fall 2000 season and a near career-low three-under par 69 three times during his career (Bridges All-American, Spring 1999, Seminole Classic, Spring 2000, Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Spring 2001). Donaldson’s career-low tournament score of one-under par 215 came at the 2000 Seminole Classic in leading Florida State to an 11th-place team finish. He shot a near career-low three round tournament score of 218 three times (Keswick Club Classic, Fall 1998, Puerto Rico Classic, Spring, 1999, Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Spring 2001) and averaged 74.98 strokes for his 84-round career from 1998-2001.
WESTBROOK ALSO A SEMINOLE LEADER
Junior Rick Westbrook, one of three Seminoles (joined by Mark Donaldson and Kris Hannah) who played in all eight events during the season, finished as the second ranked Florida State player on the team with a career-best 75.52 strokes average. He tied his career-low round with a three-under par 69 in the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship this spring and finished with a career-low four-under par 212 in finishing in a career-best tied for eighth place in the individual standings in the event. Westbrook was spectacular throughout the event with a 69-73-70 trio of scores to lead the Seminoles. His three-under par 69 tied for the Seminoles’ lowest round while his four-under par tournament score was the best of any Seminole (by three strokes) during the spring season. For the spring season, 22.5 of his 26 rounds (86.5 percent) were counted toward the team score during the season. He carded only one round in the 80’s during the season and averaged 75.52 strokes in 23 rounds during the season.
HANNAH GOES OUT ON A STRONG NOTE
Senior Kris Hannah enjoyed a standout four-year varsity career for the Seminoles. He participated in a single-season career-high eight tournaments including the third ACC Championship of his four-year varsity career this spring. Hannah closed his career on a high-note with a five-over par 149 score for the two-round Cavalier Classic and finished in a season-best tied for 11th-place in the event. His top career finish of tied for third came during the Seminole Classic in the Spring 2000 season. He carded seven career rounds of par or better for his career. He also recorded 38 rounds of scores of 75 or below and averaged 75.84 strokes per round during 87 rounds of 30 career events.
HANNAH ENJOYS STRONG ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Kris Hannah (Tallahassee, Fla.) shot a personal season-best six-over par 222 at the ACC Championship. It marked his lowest score of the spring and best score by five strokes. In addition, he earned the best ACC Championship score of his career and top spring 2001 finish (Tied-31st).
LEWIS PERFORMS WELL IN FIRST SEASON AT FSU
Sophomore Andy Lewis (Garland, Texas) enjoyed a strong season as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup. His best career outing came at the Louisiana State Spring Invitational where he carded a career-low one-under par 215 score and finished in a tie for 14th-place. He shot two outstanding rounds of one-under par 71 in the first round and a career-best two-under par 70 in the third round. During the season he finished his five three-round events with scores of 230 or better and shot at least one round of 74 or better in five of six events. Lewis finished in 39th-place during his first ACC Championship with a score of 11-over par 227. He carded a one-over par 73 for his best round at the ACC Championship. Lewis finished the season ranked third on the team with a career-low 75.59 strokes per round average in 14 rounds.
MOSLEY CONTRIBUTES AS A FIRST-YEAR PLAYER
Freshman Rusty Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.) was a regular in the Seminoles’ starting lineup as a freshman and should contend for a starting spot as a sophomore. He competed in five of six events as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup during the spring season and was the only freshman to compete in the ACC Championship for Florida State. Mosley finished in 42nd-place with a three-round score of 232 at the ACC Championship. During the season, he finished in a career-high 15th-place at the Alabama Spring Invitational with a season-best 226 score for the 54-hole event. His 15th-place finish at the Alabama Spring Invitational led the Seminoles individually and helped the team to a 10th-place finish. He averaged 76.71 strokes in 14 rounds that was the fourth best average in on the team.
MITCHELL COMPETES FOR SEMINOLES
Junior Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) competed in one event during the spring season, the Beau Rivage College Classic, where he helped the Seminoles to an 11th-place finish. He carded a season-low score of four-over par 76 in the second round to finish with a three-round tournament score of 245.
HEAD COACH NICKY GOETZE
The Florida State men’s golf team completed its first season under first-year head coach Nicky Goetze this spring. Goetze, who guided the Mississippi State men’s golf team to a 19th place finish at the 2000 NCAA Regional Championship in just his second year of coaching, was named head coach for the men’s golf team on Aug. 16, 2000. He began his coaching career at the University of Florida as an assistant to Buddy Alexander. There he assisted with recruiting and team instruction. He was also responsible for coordinating the Gator Golf Camps. Following his time at UF, Goetze went to the University of Texas-El Paso where the Miners claimed one tournament championship and did not finish lower than fifth during the fall season. In 1998, Goetze was hired as the head coach at Mississippi State University. In his first tournament as head coach, State claimed the team title at the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate. Individually, the Bulldogs claimed top-15 finishes on 14 occasions, and placed fourth at the SEC Championships.