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Florida State Travels To Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Tournament

April 16, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Fresh from its season-high sixth place finish at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, the Florida State men’s golf team plays in the 49th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf tournament at the Old North State Country Club in Uwarrie Point at Badin Lake, N.C. The Seminoles are participating in the tournament for the 11th time since becoming members of the conference to begin the 1991-92 academic and athletic year. Florida State’s best team finish came at the Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount, N.C. when the Seminoles finished in third place. Seminole head coach Nicky Goetze, a 1993 Clemson graduate, finished second in the event as a senior.


THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT FIELD
Florida State is joined by Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia in the 49th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf tournament. The event is being played at the par 72, 7,100-yard Old North State Country Club in Uwarrie Point at Badin Lake, N.C.


FLORIDA STATE AT THE BILLY HITCHCOCK INTERCOLLEGIATE
Junior Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) finished in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings to lead Florida State to a sixth place finish in the team standings at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate at Saugahatchee Country Club. The seventh place finish marked the best of Mitchell’s collegiate career and the sixth place team finish was the best of the season for the Seminoles. Mitchell played consistently throughout the 54-hole tournament as he earned his second career top-10 finish and the second-best tournament score of his career. He finished ninth at the Seminole Intercollegiate last month as he carded a career-best 216 in that event. He has carded a 72 or better in four of is last eight rounds in his last three tournaments. Seminole senior Rick Westbrook (Alto, Ga.) finished in a tie for 18th place with a three-round score of 221. It was the best finish of the season for Westbrook and the fourth top-20 finish of his career. Westbrook’s 221 score is tied for the fourth best of his career and marked the second consecutive week he had carded a 220 or better for a 54-hole event.


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 11th 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 2001 8th, 897


EARNING ALL-ACC HONORS
George McNeil, in 1998, is the most recent of five Florida State golfers to earn All-ACC honors since the Seminole joined the conference in 1992.


FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.

Peter Mitchell 5 15 5 12 70 1,105 73.67
Eric Beaty 5 15 2 8 67 1,117 74.47
Rick Westbrook 5 15 3 8 71 1,130 75.33
Alan Beers 5 15 3 6 68 1,131 75.40
Brad Lusenhop 5 15 1 5 71 1,142 76.13
Matt Ackley 1 3 0 1 75 238 79.67


THE SEMINOLES’ LINEUP
Florida State’s lineup has remained consistent throughout the entire 2001 spring season with the same five players (Eric Beaty, Alan Beers, Brad Lusenhop, Mitchell and Westbrook) competing in all five events during the season. Beaty and Lusenhop have competed in all 10 events during the spring and fall seasons while Westbrook has played in nine of 10 and Beers has competed in eight of 10. Mitchell, Florida State’s top golfer this spring competed in only one event during the spring and has emerged as the team’s low scorer this spring.


IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
A trio of Seminoles, Eric Beaty, Alan Beers and Peter Mitchell will compete in the first ACC Tournament of their careers this weekend. Sophomore Brad Lusenhop (Gloversville, N.Y.) finished in a tie for 35th in the 2000 ACC Tournament while Westbrook finished in a tie for 40th-place at last year’s event.


MITCHELL AMONG THE ACC’S BEST THIS SPRING
Junior Peter Mitchell, who is averaging a career-low and team-leading 73.67 strokes per round this spring, leads the Seminoles in stroke average, rounds of par or better (five), rounds of 75 or better (12) and has carded the top three individual tournament scores of the spring.


CHARTING MITCHELL’S IMPROVEMENT
Junior Peter Mitchell has competed in as many events (six) and played as many rounds (18) during the fall and springs seasons this years as he did during the first two years of his career at Florida State. He has established personal bests for individual finish, low round score, low tournament score, score vs. par, best 54 hole score and stroke average.


Mitchell’s Bests’
Category Statistic Event

Individual Finish T7 Hitchcock
Low Round 70 Seminole
Low Tournament 216 Gator/Seminole
Score vs. Par Even Seminole
Best 54 Holes 143 Hitchcock
Stroke Average 73.67 Spring Season


BEATY IS THE SEMINOLES’ FRESHMAN LEADER
Freshman Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.), who is ranked second on the team with a 74.47 stroke average, is tied for second on the team with three rounds of par or better and eight rounds with scores of 75 or better. Beaty has performed consistently since joining the Seminoles’ lineup last fall and has a 74.40 stroke average through his the first 10 events of his collegiate career.


Beaty Maintaining His Consistency
Season Stroke Average

Fall 2001 74.33
Spring 2002 74.47
Combined 74.40


BEATY CARDS LOW SPRING SCORE FOR SEMINOLES
Freshman Eric Beaty carded a career-low and team best five-under par 67 in the third round of the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship March 19 at Sawgrass Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. His score is tied for the 11th lowest score by an ACC men’s golfer this season.


WESTBROOK FINISHING CAREER ON AN UPSWING
Senior Rick Westbrook has improved his game throughout the spring season and is playing his best golf as the ACC Tournament approaches. He finished in a tie for 18th-place (his top finish of the year) at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate and finished with a 219 score (his best tournament score of the year) at the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Championship in leading Florida State in its two most recent tournaments.


A Tale Of Two Seasons For Westbrook
Spring Tournaments Stroke Avg. Tournament Avg.

First 3 76.67 230
Last 2 73.33 220
Improvement -3.34 -10


LUSENHOP ENJOYING CAREER YEAR
Sophomore Brad Lusenhop, who has played in every tournament this year for Florida State, is enjoying the best year of his Seminole career. After redshirting in 2000-01, he averaged a career-best 74.53 strokes in 15 rounds last fall and is averaging 76.13 stokes in 15 rounds this spring. Lusenhop carded his low career round of 71in the first round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate and totaled his low tournament score of 215 during the Mason Rudolph Invitational. He finished in a career-best tying tie for 22nd-place during the fall season.


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


BEERS PERFORMING WELL IN FIRST SEMINOLE YEAR
Sophomore Alan Beers (Midlothian, Va.), who has carded three of the Seminoles’ six lowest scores this season, is ranked fourth on the team with a 75.40 stroke average during the spring season. He has finished among Florida State’s top two individual finishers in two of Seminoles’ five tournaments this spring. He earned his career-best finish of tied for 27th in his first tournament as a Seminole, the Kiawah Island Invitational in September.


BEERS AMONG THE SEMINOLES’ BEST
Sophomore Alan Beers is among the best of the best for the Seminoles this season. His top three rounds of the season rank among Florida State’s top six rounds.


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
70 E Alan Beers Gator Invite. Feb. 9
70 -2 Peter Mitchell Seminole Inter. March 11
71 -1 Alan Beers Cleveland Golf March 18


GOETZE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
Head coach Nicky Goetze, in his second season as Florida State’s head coach, is a three-time All-ACC selection and three-time All-American. He still holds Clemson golf records for most tournaments and most rounds played. Goetze earned a career-best second-place finish in the 1993 ACC Tournament.


DRIVING THE COURSE WITH THE SEMINOLES…
…Peter Mitchell is averaging a career-best 73.67 stokes per round this spring. His previous best season stroke average is 74.50 during the fall 2001 season,
…Eric Beaty’s 67 in the third round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship is the lowest score by a Seminole golfer since Christian Raynor carded a 65 in the Imperial Lakes Classic during the 1993-94 season,
…Florida State has earned eight top ten finishes during Nicky Goetze’s two-year tenure at Florida State,
…Sophomore Brad Lusenhop is averaging 75.00 strokes per round in his last six rounds after averaging 77.33 strokes during the first nine rounds of the spring season.

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