February 11, 2001 - by
Florida State Men’s Golf Team Opens 2001 Spring Season Monday

Feb. 11, 2001

The Florida State men’s golf team begins its 2001 spring schedule as it travels to play at the Beau Rivage College Classic hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi. A shotgun start will begin the event on Feb. 12 at 7:30 a.m., with 36 holes being played on the opening day. Another shotgun start on Feb 13 at 7:30 begins the final 18 holes.

In addition to the Florida State Seminoles, Cincinnati, Denver, Louisiana Monroe, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Sam Houston State, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, South Florida, Southern Mississippi Troy State, Tulane and Wyoming will participate in the Beau Rivage Classic.

On August 16, 2000, the Florida State men’s golf program entered into a new era. Nicky 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. Goetze has made a significant impact on all the programs he has worked with. He began his coaching career at the University of Florida as an assistant to Buddy Alexander. Following his time at Florida, Goetze went to University of Texas-El Paso where the Miners claimed one tournament championship and did not finish lower than fifth during the fall season. Goetze was hired as the head coach at Mississippi State University in 1998. The Bulldogs claimed the team title in his first tournament as the head coach at MSU. Goetze has also achieved success as a player at the collegiate and professional levels. A 1993 graduate of Clemson, he competed in more tournaments and more rounds than any other player in Tiger history. He was a 3-time NCAA All-American selection from 1991-93, four-time All-ACC selection, earned MVP honors three times, and was an NCAA Academic All-American in 1992. Goetze’s sister, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, has played on the LPGA since 1994.

Head coach Nicky Goetze has high hopes for his first Florida State squad as it begins the spring season. He inherited a veteran team when named head coach in July of 2000 and feels the team is on the cusp of being able to perform well both in the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally. “Our team continues to improve each day,” said Goetze. “The players have all been receptive to the new training strategies and ideas I have implemented as their new head coach. I have been pleased with their effort and I feel it will be just a matter of time before success comes our way. We need to be focused each day we are on the golf course and victories and championships will become a reality for us. A pair of upperclassmen, Rick Westbrook and Mark Donaldson, is expected to lead the Seminoles. Westbrook and Donaldson were the team’s most consistent golfers during the fall season and are expected to lead the team through a tough spring schedule and into post-season play for the first time since 1996. Junior Rick Westbrook, who earned the teams’ top stroke average during the fall season, enters the spring season as the Seminoles’ top golfer and team leader. Westbrook earned a seventh place finish at the Kiawah Island Invitational and crafted a 73.75 average during four tournaments. He led the team with four rounds of par or better during the fall.

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