April 16, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to the 48th annual Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf championship at the Magnolia Golf Course at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The Seminoles have competed in the ACC championship each year since 1992 with their participation this season marking their 10th consecutive.
THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State, ranked 91st in the nation is joined by No. 2-ranked Georgia Tech No. 3 Clemson, No. 9 NC State, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 22 Duke, No. 32 North Carolina, No. 47 Virginia and No. 95 Maryland in the nine-team tournament. In addition, the event features 18 of the nation’s top 100 individual golfers.
FLORIDA STATE’S ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HISTORY
Florida State finished third in the 1994 Atlantic Coast Conference and fourth in the 1996 event for its two best finishes since joining the conference. The Seminoles participated in their first ACC Tournament in 1992 and this season will mark their tenth ACC tournament as a member of the conference. Bobby Cochran (second place, 212 score in 1994), Christian Raynor (second place, 211 score in 1995) and George McNeil (second place, 212 score in 1996) have earned the top individual finishes for the Seminoles during ACC Tournament play.
Seminoles' Team Finishes In The ACC Tournament
1992 9th, 880 1997 5th, 897
1993 8th, 895 1998 7th, 866
1994 3rd, 877 1999 9th, 919
1995 5th, 870 2000 9th, 911
1996 4th, 873
FLORIDA STATE AT THE BILLY HITCHCOCK INTERCOLLEGIATE
Florida State senior Mark Donaldson (Kirkaldy, Scotland) shot a season-low tournament score of 218 and finished in a tie for 17th-place and led the Seminole men's golf team to a ninth place finish at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate at Saugahatchee Country Club. Donaldson shot a three-over par 75 and the Seminoles closed the event with a team score of 300 in the final round. Auburn, the tournament host, won the event with a 13-under par team score of 851.
DONALDSON IN THE BILLY HITCHCOCK INTERCOLEGIATE
Florida State senior Mark Donaldson shot a near career-low 218 in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. Donaldson came within three stokes of tying his all-time best tournament of 215 during the 1999 Seminole Classic. He shot a career-low three-under par 69 during the tournament's second round. Donaldson finished only six stokes behind the tournament's medallist, Allen Thompson of Georgia State.
FLORIDA STATE MEN'S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Mark Donaldson 6 18 4 10 69 1,349 74.94
Andy Lewis 4 12 3 6 70 900 75.00
Rick Westbrook 6 18 4 8 69 1,357 75.38
Rusty Mosley 3 9 0 3 73 688 76.44
Kris Hannah 6 18 0 3 73 1,397 77.61
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...
...Florida State has finished in the top 10 in four consecutive tournaments. The Seminoles finished seventh at the LSU Spring Invitational, tied for sixth at the Seminole Intercollegiate, 10th at the University of Alabama Intercollegiate and ninth at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate,
...The Seminoles achieved their top team score of 894 at the LSU Spring Invitational (March 5-6) and finished in seventh place,
...Mark Donaldson, Andy Lewis and Rick Westbrook have combined to shoot 80 percent (24 of 30) of the Seminoles individual rounds of 75 or below,
...Mark Donaldson has had all 18 of his rounds (100 percent) count towards the team's overall tournament scores this spring,
DONALDSON LEADS SEMINOLES
Senior Mark Donaldson enters the ACC Tournament with a career-low 74.94 strokes per round average. He has shot 75 or below in nine of his last 11 rounds dating to the second round of the Louisiana Spring Invitational on March 5. He is averaging an even better 74.36 stokes per round in his last 11 rounds.
DOTING ON DONALDSON
...He has shot a team high-tying four rounds of par or better,
...His three-under par 69 is tied for the Seminoles' lowest single-round score of the season,
...He has shot three of the Seminoles' five lowest tournament scores of the season (218 at the Hitchcock Intercollegiate), 219 at the Seminole Intercollegiate and 222 at the Beau Rivage Classic,
...He has earned two top-10 finishes this spring (seventh at the Beau Rivage College Classic and tied for 10th at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
ONALDSON EARNS PRESTIGIOUS GOLDEN NOLE
Senior Mark Donaldson earned the prestigious Golden Nole for the men's golf team at the annual Golden Nole banquet on April 9, 2001. The award is given for excellence in athletics and academics.
MOSLEY CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL
After shooting a one-over par 73 in the first round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, freshman Rusty Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.) finished in 47th-place with a three-round score of 228. It marked the second consecutive tournament that Mosley had carded 228 or better.
MOSLEY IN THE SEMINOLES' STARTING FIVE
Freshman Rusty Mosley has worked his way into the Seminoles' starting line-up and has played in the last two events this spring. He led Florida State with a career-best tied-for-15th-place finish at the Conrad Rehling/University of Alabama Invitational (March 23-24) and gained his second consecutive top-50 individual finish with a 47-place standing at the Hitchcock Intercollegiate.
...He tied his season career-low with a one-over par 73 in the first round of the Hitchcock Intercollegiate. He also shot a 73 in the first round of the Coca-Cola Classic during the fall of 200 and second round of the University of Alabama Intercollegiate,
...He carded a season-low round of 226 in finishing in a career-best tied for 15th-place at the University of Alabama Intercollegiate,
...He has shot at least one round of 76 or below in each of his three tournaments this spring.
HANNAH CONTINUES TO SCORE WELL
Senior Kris Hannah (Tallahassee, Fla.) shot a three-over par 75 in the final round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate and finished with a 231 score for the tournament. His 231 was his second lowest tournament score of the season. His best three-round score of the season was a 230 at the Seminole Intercollegiate.
LEWIS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
Freshman Andy Lewis (Garland, Texas)shot his best round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, a two-over par 74, in the final round of the event. Lewis finished in a tie for 52nd-place with a three-round score of 230. Lewis currently ranks third on the team with three rounds of par or better and six rounds with scores of 75 or below. Lewis shot a career-low two-under par 70 in the third round of the Louisiana State Spring Invitational.
LATCHING ONTO TO LEWIS...
...His is averaging 75.00 strokes per round and has competed in four of the Seminoles six tournaments this spring (including each of the last four),
...He earned a fourth place individual finish at the Louisiana State Spring Invitational. His fourth place finish is his career-best and the best by a Seminole this spring,
...He has shot a team leading three under par scores this spring. He shot a two-under par 70 in the third round of the LSU Spring Invitational, a one-under par 71 in the third round of the LSU Spring Invitational and a one-under par 71 in the third round of the Seminole Intercollegiate.
WESTBROOK REMAINS CONSTANT
Junior Rick Westbrook (Alto, Ga.) continued his consistent play during his first year at Florida State with two scores 76 or below during the Hitchcock Intercollegiate. He shot a three-over par 75 in the first round and a four-over par 76 in the third round. He has finished in the top-50 in five of the six tournaments in which he has competed this season. In addition, he is one of only three Seminole golfers (he is joined by Mark Donaldson and Kris Hannah) who has been in the Florida State starting five in all six tournaments this spring.
HEAD COACH NICKY GOETZE
On August 16, 2000, Florida State Men's Golf 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 inherited a program enthusiastic to become nationally dominant. Goetze, who was head coach at Mississippi State for 2 years, is ready to get the program back to competing for the national title. Athletic director Dave Hart, comments on appointing Goetze. In his rather new coaching career, Goetze has made a significant impact on all the programs he has worked with. Goetze 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.