April 2, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays in its final event before the Atlantic Coast Conference championship (April 20-22) as it plays in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate at the Saugahatachee Country Club in Opelika, Al. The Seminoles finished 12th in the event last season with current sophomore Peter Mitchell finishing in a tie for 36th place in the individual standings.
THE BILLY HITCHCOCK INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD
Florida State is joined by Alabama Birmingham, Auburn, Georgia State, Louisiana State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Florida, Southeast Louisiana, South Carolina and Vanderbilt at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.
FLORIDA STATE AT THE ALABAMA INVITATIONAL
Freshman Rusty Mosley (Vidalia, Ga.) finished in a tie for 15th-place in the individual standings and the Florida State men’s golf team finish in the 10th place in the team standings at the Conrad Rehling/University of Alabama Invitational at the `Ol Colony Golf course. Mosley carded a final score of 10-over par 226 for the three-round tournament. Mosley was followed in the Seminoles’ lineup by sophomore Andy Lewis (Garland, Texas) who finished with a 12-over par 228 for the tournament. It marked the third consecutive event that Lewis had shot 228 or below. Lewis finished in a tie for 26th-place. Senior Mark Donaldson (Kirkaldy, Scotland) and junior Rick Westbrook (Alton, Ga.) finished in a tie for 40th-place with identical scores of 18-over par 234.
MOSLEY WITH BEST CAREER OUTING AT ALABAMA INVITATIONAL
Rusty Mosley’s individual finish of tied for 15th-place at the University of Alabama Invitational was the best of his career as a Seminole. Mosley carded a final score of 10-over par 226 for the three-round tournament. His 15th-place finish was the best of his career topping a 23rd-place finish at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions in October. In addition, his 226 score was the second-best of his career and his second round score of 73 tied his career-low. Mosley is now averaging 76.6 strokes in six rounds this spring.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE TOP-10
As a team, Florida State has finished in the top-10 in each of its last three tournaments. The Seminoles finished in seventh at the Louisiana State University Spring Invitational, tied for sixth at the Florida State Seminole Intercollegiate and 10th at the Conrad Rehling/University of Alabama Invitational. It marks the first time since the spring 1998 season that the Seminoles have finished in the top 10 in three consecutive tournaments.
NOTES AND NUMBERS ON ANDY LEWIS…
…He leads the team with a 74.44 stroke average,
…Of the nine rounds he has completed this spring, five have been carded at 75 or below,
…He led the Seminoles with a one-under par score of 215 in his first career tournament – the Louisiana Spring Invitational.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Andy Lewis 3 9 3 5 70 670 74.44
Rick Westbrook 5 15 4 7 69 1,123 74.87
Mark Donaldson 5 15 3 7 71 1,131 75.40
Rusty Mosley 2 6 0 2 73 460 76.67
Kris Hannah 5 15 0 2 73 1,166 77.73
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
FLORIDA STATE NEWS AND NOTES…
…Senior Kris Hannah has shot two rounds at 75 or below in the last two tournaments after not shooting 75 or below during the first three tournaments
…Senior Mark Donaldson has shot at least one round of 75 or below in each of the first five tournaments of the years
…Sophomore Rusty Mosley improved his tournament score by eight strokes in the University of Alabama Invitational (226) from his last tournament outing (234) at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship.
DONALDSON LEADING SEMINOLES
Senior Mark Donaldson leads the Seminoles with two top-10 finishes this spring. He finished in a tie for seventh place at the Beau Rivage College Classic and finished in a tied for 10th place in the Seminole Intercollegiate. Prior to the 2001 spring season, Donaldson’s top finish was a tie for 12th at the 2000 Seminole Classic.
DONALDSON IMPROVING SCORES
Senior Mark Donaldson shot a season-low 219 in the three-round Seminole Intercollegiate. His 219 score tied his collegiate best as he also shot a 219 at the Coca-Cola Classic during the fall 2000 season. Donaldson has seen a marked improvement in his scores over the last three tournaments. He shot a 231 at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship, improved by six strokes to shoot at 225 at the Louisiana State Spring Invitational and improved by six more to shoot his 219 in the Seminole Intercollegiate. He has improved by a total of 12 strokes since the completion of the Mercedes Benz tournament.
WESTBROOK LEADS SEMINOLES
Junior Rick Westbrook leads the Seminoles in a number of statistical categories. He carded the Seminoles’ lowest individual round (69) in the first round of the Mercedes Benz College Championship, his score of 69 is the lowest score vs. par (minus 3) during the first four tournaments of the spring, his tournament score of 212 in the Mercedes Benz is the best gross score and best score vs. par (minus four) for the season.
HANNAH PLAYING WELL
Local hero Kris Hannah is one of only three Seminoles (Rick Westbrook and Mark Donaldson are the others) who have played in all five tournaments for the Seminoles this spring. He is averaging 77.73 strokes per round and shot a season-low 73 during the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate.
HANNAH MAKING THEM COUNT
During his four-year career at Florida State, Kris Hannah has seen 54 of his 58 total rounds played (93.1 percent) count toward the team score.
HAWVER LOOKING TO STICK IN STARTING LINEUP
Junior Brian Hawver (Americus, Ga.) played in the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship and the Louisiana State Spring Invitational and is looking to work his way back in to the Seminoles’ starting lineup. He averaged 82.17 during his first six rounds of the spring and shot a season-low 79 during the first and third rounds of the LSU tournament. Hawver shot a career-low score of 74 in the third round of the 2000 ACC championship tournament.
LOPEZ PLAYS WELL IN SEMINOLE
Senior Jason Lopez (Kingston, Jamaica) shot a season-low 235 in the Seminole Intercollegiate, the second of two events in which he has participated this spring. He improved by five strokes after shooting a three-round 240 at the Beau Rivage College Classic, the Seminoles’ first event of the spring season.
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 at 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. Combined with the SEC Championship performance and a first-place finish two weeks later at the Furman Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs received a bid in the NCAA East Regional. Mississippi State finished tied for 10th.
THE DON A. VELLER SEMINOLE GOLF COURSE
The Don A. Veller Seminole Golf Course is named for Dr. Veller in recognition of his fifty years of dedication to Florida State and the Seminole golf program. Veller came to Tallahassee in 1948 as Florida State’s first full-time head football coach. Veller propelled his first Seminole football team to the first bowl game in school history in 1949 and the first undefeated season in school history in 1950. In 1953, his career and passion turned to golf and he became the Seminoles’ head coach until his retirement in 1982. During his reign, Veller’s teams were routinely among the country’s best and went undefeated in 1957.