Sept. 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team opens its 2002-03 season as it plays in the Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate at the Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina, Sept. 9-10. The event will be played on the Turtle Point Course at the Kiawah Island Resort. Turtle Point is a Par 72, 7,000 yard course. The College of Charleston defeated Alabama by seven strokes to claim the team championship last season.
THE KIAWAH ISLAND INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 32 Alabama, No. 22 Baylor, No. 34 College of Charleston, Kent State, Kentucky, No. 29 Louisiana State, Maryland, Mississippi, No. 9 NC State, South Carolina, South Carolina Aiken, No. 27 Tulsa, Vanderbilt and No. 20 Virginia Tech in the 15-team tournament. The teams will play two rounds of 18 holds (36 total) Monday and 18 holes Tuesday for a total of 54 during the two-day event. The event includes seven teams ranked in the nation’s top 50 at the end of the 2002 spring season, four teams that played in the NCAA Division I Championship and two more that played in the NCAA Regionals last season.
FLORIDA STATE AT LAST YEARS KIAWAH ISLAND INTERCOLLEGIATE
Florida State’s Brad Lusenhop (Gloversville, N.Y.) shot a 73 in third round of the 2001 Cleveland Golf/Kiawah Island Invitational en route to score of 217 and a career-best finish of tied for 22nd-place. He led a trio of Seminole players with one-over par scores of 73 as the Seminole men’s golf team finished in 13th-place in the team standings. Lusenhop, who shot a near career-best two-under par 70 in the first round, played well in the Seminoles’ first tournament of the fall 2001 season. He established career-bests for single-round score (70), two-round score (144), tournament score (217) and tournament finish. It was his best tournament score by eight strokes and his best finish by 12 positions. Alan Beers (Midlothian, Va.) enjoyed a strong tournament as he finished in a tie for 27th-place with a score of 219. He shot a one-under par 71 in the second round and finished strong with a one-over par 73 in the final round.
2002-03 – AN OUTLOOK ON THE UPCOMING SEASON
With four seasoned starters returning to lead the Florida State men’s golf team, Seminole head coach Nicky Goetze has many reasons to be optimistic about the 2002-03 edition of his team. Goetze looks for his team to continue its overall improvement as he again adds to both the talent base and depth of his program through recruiting. In losing only one starter to graduation, the Seminoles are quickly building a solid foundation from which they plan to spring back into the national spotlight. Last year, Florida State recorded three top-10 finishes, including two in its final three tournaments and earned its highest ACC finish since 1995. The Seminoles averaged 75.33 strokes in their 12 tournaments during the 2001-02 season – improving on their 75.89 average during the 2000-01 season. The returning members of Florida State’s starting lineup (Peter Mitchell, Eric Beaty, Alan Beers and Brad Lusenhop) was solid throughout the Spring 2002 season and played together in all six of the Seminoles’ events during the season. The four players combined to average 74.96 strokes in 21 rounds, shot par or better 15 times, carded 45 scores of 75 or below and earned two scores of 68 or below. Goetze points out the accomplishments of two players – senior Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.) – who must continue to play well for the Seminoles to be successful this season. Mitchell enjoyed his best year in 2002 with a trio of top ten finishes while Beaty played well during his first year as a collegian. Mitchell and Beaty finished first and second on the team in nearly every statistical category including stroke average and scores of 75 or below.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2002 — FINAL)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Peter Mitchell 7 21 8 16 70 1,546 73.62
Eric Beaty 7 21 3 11 67 1,567 74.62
Rick Westbrook 7 21 5 10 70 1,584 74.43
Alan Beers 7 21 3 9 68 1,590 75.71
Brad Lusenhop 7 21 1 8 71 1,594 75.90
Matt Ackley 1 3 0 1 75 238 79.67