April 6, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore Matt Adcock is playing the best golf of his collegiate career at the most important time of the season. With just one tournament remaining before the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, Adcock has earned two consecutive top-15 finishes and led the Seminoles to a pair of top-10 team finishes this spring.
Adcock is in his second season as a member of the Florida State men’s golf team. He has worked hard and persevered through some trying times to earn his position in the Seminoles’ starting five. Adcock was not a highly touted prep player but playing golf was deeply imbedded in his genes.
Considering Adcock’s family history, it was only natural for him to be drawn to the sports of tennis and golf. His mom, Betsy, lettered for two years in tennis at Mississippi State for four years while his dad, Mitch, lettered in golf as a Bulldog and enjoyed a successful career on the PGA.
Adcock, too, was drawn to Mississippi State. During the recruiting process he met Seminole head coach Nicky Goetze. Goetze was the head coach at Mississippi State in 1999 and 2000 and the two developed a strong player-coach relationship while Adcock was making his collegiate academic and athletic plans. Adcock decided to play for Goetze and the Bulldogs and begin his academic career at Mississippi State.
“I really wasn’t thinking about going to Mississippi State when I was in high school,” said Adcock. I grew up in Orlando and have lived there my whole life. Coach Goetze and Mississippi State were a great fit for me to begin my collegiate career.”
Unfortunately for Adcock, Goetze left Mississippi State to become the head coach at Florida State before his arrival as a freshman. Adcock was a member of the Bulldog team during the 2000-01 academic year but did not compete in any events. At the end of the year, he decided to follow Goetze to Tallahassee and joined the Seminoles in 2001.
“I decided to transfer to Florida State for a number of different reasons,” said Adcock. “My relationship with Coach Goetze was important to me when I made my decision. Also, the proximity to my family and the fact that I have lived in Florida all my life played a role in me making my decision. It was a bold move but it has worked out for myself.”
“Coach Goetze is very much a players coach and he has helped me improve my game every time I step onto the golf course,” said Adcock. “I struggled a bit when I first got to Florida State but Coach has worked hard to help me improve. The work he has done with me has really paid off. I’ve finally got my swing down and I am thinking more positively on the golf course. My scores have come down a little bit but there is quite of bit of a way to go for me to get to where I want to be.”
Goetze concurs with Adcock’s assessment of his game.
“Matt has made tremendous strides from last season and is currently playing the most consistent golf for our team.” said Goetze. “His poise under pressure as well as his excellent course management has allowed him to capitalize on improved swing mechanics and strong short game skills. Matt commands the respect of his teammates by showing a dedicated work ethic and a positive attitude toward his golf and studies.”
After competing in only three tournaments during his first year as a Seminole, Adcock has shown improvement as a redshirt sophomore. He has been the Seminoles’ top individual finisher in each of the last three events (and three of four this season) and leads the team with seven scores of 75 or below. After finishing out of the top 50 in the individual standings in the first three events of his career, Adcock has earned two consecutive top-15 finishes. He finished in a career-best tie for 11th-place at the Seminole Intercollegiate and tied for 15th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Adcock works as hard on his studies as he does on the golf course. He is working toward a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in business and has earned Dean’s List honors two of the three semesters he has been at Florida State. He barely missed earning the honor for a third time during the fall 2002 semester. In addition, he was named to the ACC honor roll in 2002 and is an Academic All-America nominee this season.
Adcock has struck quite a balance in his quest to excel in both areas.
“Engineering has been great for my golf game and golf has been great for my engineering studies,” said Adcock. “Because I need to work so hard at both of them, they each allow me to get away from the other one. When I am in the classroom, I am able to get away from the pressures of the golf course and when I am on the golf course I am able to get away from the pressures of my engineering classes.”
Pressure is something Adcock has always adjusted to well. Whether it has been choosing between tennis and golf in high school, playing and studying at Mississippi State or Florida State or balancing his time between his athletic and his academic careers, he has always made the right choice.
Similar to the way he is selecting the right club from his bag as he leads the Seminoles to new heights on the golf course.
by Chuck Walsh
Florida State Sports Information Office