Oct. 19, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, coming off its best finish of the fall season, travels to the 2001 Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The event will be played on the Par-72, 6,307-yard Cherokee Country Club Course. Florida State finished 10th in the team standings in this same event last year. Louisiana State is the defending tournament team champion and Alan Morgan of LSU is the defending tournament individual champion.
THE COCA-COLA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FIELD
Florida State is joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, the College of Charleston, Georgia State, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisville, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Virginia in the 2001 Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions field.
SEMINOLES PLAY WELL AT GARY KOCH/CLEVELAND IN TERCOLLEGIATE
Junior Matt Ackley (Lake Mary, Fla.) shot a career-low tying two-under par 70 in the third round, and the Seminoles finished in ninth place in the team standings at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate last week. Ackley led the Seminoles with a 32nd-place finish in the individual standings. A trio of Florida State golfers followed Ackley – Brad Lusenhop (Gloversville, N.Y.) , Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) and Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.) – who all finished tied for 42nd-place.
LUSENHOP CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
Junior Brad Lusenhop played well for the third consecutive tournament and enters the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions as the Seminoles leading golfer with a 72.89 stroke average in nine rounds. After an uncharacteristic five-over par 77 in the first round of the Gary Koch Intercollegiate, Lusenhop gained 19 spots in the individual standings in round two with an even par score of 72 and was tied for 38th-place after 36 holes. He finished in a tied for 42nd place in the individual standings. His 72.89 stroke average this fall (in nine rounds) is nearly four strokes lower than his career averaged of 76.89 entering the season. He has carded nearly as many rounds at 75 or below this fall (eight) as he did during his first two years as a Seminole (nine).
ACKLEY RETURNS TO LINEUP
Junior Matt Ackley enjoyed a stellar outing at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate. He was competing in his first tournament since the spring of 2000. Ackley shook off the rust and played well throughout the tournament. His best round of the tournament after posting consecutive scores of 76 in the first two rounds. Ackley’s 54-hole total of 222 was the second best of his career. Ackley shot a career-best 219 at the 1999 Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate. He entered the Gary Koch Intercollegiate averaging 76.66 strokes in 18 previous career rounds and averaged 74.00 strokes in the three rounds last week. His individual finish was his highest since finishing in 27th place in the 1999 Louisiana State Invitational.
MITCHELL EARNS HIS PLAYING TIME
Junior Peter Mitchell shot a career-low 71 in the third round of the Gary Koch Intercollegiate and finished in a tie for 42nd-place in the individual standings with a score of 224. His tournament score of 224 marked the best of his career and his finish in the individual standings was the second best of his career. Mitchell stood in a tie for 64th–place in the individual standings after the first round of play and averaged 72.50 strokes in rounds two and three to improve his placement by 22 positions.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Brad Lusenhop 3 9 3 8 69 656 72.89
Matt Ackley 1 3 1 1 70 222 74.00
Eric Beaty 3 9 2 6 69 666 74.00
Alan Beers 2 6 1 5 71 442 73.67
Peter Mitchell 1 3 1 2 71 224 74.67
Matt Adcock 2 6 0 1 73 460 76.67
Rick Westbrook 3 9 0 2 73 692 76.89