June 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s golf team recorded three top-10 finishes, including two in its final three tournaments and finished in sixth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in the second season under head coach Nicky Goetze. The Seminoles averaged 75.33 strokes their 12 tournaments during the 2001-02 season – more than .50 strokes per round less than their 75.89 average during the 2000-01 season.
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 ENJOYS FINEST SEASON
Junior Peter Mitchell cemented his position in the Seminoles starting lineup with an outstanding Spring 2002 season. He averaged nearly 3.2 strokes fewer during the 2001-02 season (fall and spring combined) than he did during the first two years of his Seminole career. Mitchell did so while playing in more events, more rounds and earning more top 10 individual finishes as a junior than he did as a freshman and a sophomore combined.
SEMINOLES’ LINEUP WAS STRONG DURING SPRING 2002 SEASON
Florida State’s starting lineup (Peter Mitchell, Eric Beaty, Rick Westbrook, Alan Beers and Brad Lusenhop) was solid throughout the Spring 2002 season and played as a quintet in all six of the Seminoles’ events during the season. The players combined to average 75.06 strokes in 21 rounds, shot par or better 20 times, carded 55 scores of 75 or below and earned two scores of 68 or below. In addition, the Seminoles 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.
Junior Peter Mitchell, sophomore Brad Lusenhop (Gloversville, N.Y.) and freshman Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.) led the Seminoles with two top-25 individual finishes during the 2001-02 fall and spring seasons…Mitchell had three top-25 finishes in seven tournaments during the Spring 2002 season…senior Rick Westbrook (Alto, Ga.) shot nearly three strokes better during the spring 2002 than he did during the fall 2001 season (77.33-74.43)
HEAD COACH NICKY GOETZE
Nicky Goetze, one of the most respected young coaches in the nation, completed his second season as the men’s golf coach at Florida State. He came to Florida State in 2000 with his sights set on rejuvenating the Seminole program, one that is long on tradition and has a history of championship players and teams. During his first two years at Florida State, Goetze led the Seminoles to nine top-10 finishes.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
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
ALL ABOUT MITCHELL’S SPRING SEASON
Junior Peter Mitchell enjoyed an outstanding Spring 2002 season. He led the team in numerous categories including stroke average (73.62), rounds of par or better (eight), rounds with scores at 75 or below (16 of 21) and top-10 individual finishes (three). Mitchell established career bests for tournaments played in a single season (seven), rounds played in a single season (21), low round score (70), best 54-hole score (140 at the ACC Championship), low tournament score (211 at the ACC Championship) and with his three top 10 finishes. Mitchell averaged a career-low 73.62 strokes in 21 rounds during seven tournaments.
A LOOK AT MITCHELL’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Peter Mitchell’s best career outing came at the ACC Championship as he finished in a tie for ninth place with a career-low 211 score to help Florida State to a sixth place finish. He was under par in all three rounds as he carded a pair of two-under par scores of 70 and finished the event with a one-under par score of 71. Mitchell’s 140 score after 54 holes is the best two-round score of his career. He finished the event with a career-low tournament score of 211 that was five strokes better than his previous low tournament score and finished with a career-best minus-5 score vs. par that was five strokes better than his previous best low score vs. par. In addition, he shot three consecutive rounds below 72 for the first time in his career.
Breaking Down Mitchell’s Career
Category First Two Years This Year
Events 6 8
Rounds 18 24
Top 10 Finishes 0 3
Stroke Average 77.44 74.25
Low Round 73 70
Low Tournament 226 211
BEATY SHINES AS A FRESHMAN FOR SEMINOLES
Freshman Eric Beaty was the only freshman (and one of only two players) to participate in all 12 tournaments for the Seminoles during the 2001-02 Fall and Spring seasons. He was Florida State’s top individual finisher in two events during his freshman season – the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship and the Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate and ranked first on the team in rounds at 75 or below (21), low-round score (67) and score vs. par (minus five), while tying for the team lead in tournaments competed in (12) and rounds played in (36). He also ranked second with six rounds of par or better during the 2001-02 Fall and Spring seasons combined.
WESTBROOK CLOSES OUT SEMINOLE CAREER
Senior Rick Westbrook, a two-year member of Florida State’s starting lineup who played in 22 events during the course of his Seminole career, earned two top-10 and six top-25 finishes during his Seminole career. His Seminole career-low round of 69 came during the Fall 2000 season at the Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate and during the Spring of 2001 at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship. Westbrook shot a season and near-career-low round of 70 during the second round of the 2002 ACC Championship.
WESTBROOK A TEAM LEADER IN FINAL SEASON
Senior Rick Westbrook competed in all seven events for the Seminoles as a member of the starting lineup and ranked second on the team with five rounds of par or better in his final season as a member of the Florida State men’s golf team. He finished third on the team with 10 rounds at 75 or below. Westbrook’s best finish of the season, tied for 18th, came at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate as he finished the event with a 221 overall total for a +5 score vs. par. His best tournament score of the season, 218, came at the ACC championship in leading the Seminoles to a sixth place finish. At the ACC Tournament, he shot an even-par 72 in the first round and a two-under par 70 in the second for a 142 54-hole total. He ended his career with ranked third on the team with a 74.43 stroke average in 21 rounds during seven tournaments this past spring.
BEERS ENJOYS STELLAR SEASON AS A SEMINOLE
Sophomore Alan Beers (Midlothian, Va.) was one of the Seminoles’ top five golfers during the 2001-02 season. He became a member of Florida State’s starting lineup and competed in 11 of 12 tournaments during the Fall and Spring seasons. Beers ranked third on the team in tournaments played (11), third in total rounds played (33), fourth in stroke average among starters (75.36), fourth in rounds of 75 or better (17) and tied for fourth with four rounds of par or better. He shot a career-low single-round score of 68 in the third round of the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate during the Spring of 2002 that was the second lowest score of the entire year for the Seminoles. Beers’ best career tournament finish (tied for 27th) came at the Kiawah Island Invitational — his first career tournament. He finished the tournament with a career-low tying 219 three-round score. He also finished with a 219 tournament score at the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate during the Spring 2002 season.
LUSENHOP ENJOYS BEST SEASON
Sophomore Brad Lusenhop cemented his position as a member of the Seminoles’ starting five as he participated in a career-high 12 tournaments during the 2001-2002 Fall and Spring seasons. He played in twice as many events in 2001-02 than he had during his first two years as a member of the team. Lusenhop ranked second on the team as he carded 19 rounds with scores of 75 or under and established career-low scores for a single round (69), tournament (215) and tournament score vs. par (+1) during the Fall 2001 Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship. He averaged 75.90 strokes per round during 21 rounds in seven tournaments.
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
GIEBLER CLOSES OUT HIS SEMINOLE CAREER
Senior Al Giebler (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), who earned two varsity letters as a member of the Florida State men’s golf team, closed out his career as he participated in one tournament during his senior season. He competed in one event, the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, and was the Seminoles low-scorer and top finisher. He carded career-low scores for a tournament (222) while tying his career-best for 54 holes (147). Giebler led the Seminoles with a +6 score vs. par and an individual finish of tied for 48th place.
FOUR PLAYERS AMONG SEMINOLES’ BEST
Led by Eric Beaty’s five-under par 67 during the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, three Seminoles carded single round scores of 70 or better during the Spring 2002 season. Beaty led the team with three scores below 70 while Alan Beers recorded two scores of 70 or below.
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