February 19, 2002 - by
Seminoles Improve Standing In Final Round Of Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Men’s Golf Championship

Feb. 19, 2002




PONTE VEDRA, Fla. –
Freshman Eric Beaty shot a career-low 67 in Tuesday’s third round and finished in a tie for 18th-place in the individual standings of the 11th Annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Sawgrass Country Club. Beaty’s stellar round led Florida State to a third round team total of 289 and elevated the Seminoles to an 11th-place finish in the team standings.


Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.), whose collegiate career-low prior to today’s stellar round was a 69 during last fall’s Mason Rudolph Invitational, earned the third lowest single round score of the tournament. Only two scores – a 64 by Jason Hartwick of Texas and a 66 by Camilo Villegas in round two – were better the Beaty’s during the 54-hole event. Beaty’s individual placement of tied -18th was the best of his career while his tournament score of 221 was his second best.


Junior Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) also finished the tournament well as he shot an even-par 72 and finished in a tie for 44th-place. Mitchell finished the tournament with two rounds under 75 and improved his individual position by five positions during the final round of competition.


Florida placed three individuals in the top ten and claimed its fourth consecutive Mercedes-Benz team title. The Gators defeated Tennessee by two strokes. The Volunteers shot a team tournament best 277 and made up 10 strokes in the final round. Camilo Villegas finished with a six-under par score of 210 to claim medallist honors.


Florida State plays host to the Seminole Intercollegiate March 11-12 at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee in its next event.


Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship/February 18-19, 2002
Sawgrass Country Club/Ponte Vedra, Fla./(Final Individual Results)

11/15 Florida State University 307 307 289 903
T18 Eric Beaty 78 76 67 221
T39 Alan Beers 76 77 74 227
T44 Peter Mitchell 74 82 72 228
T56 Brad Lusenhop 79 76 77 232
T64 Rick Westbrook 82 78 76 236
T68 Matt Ackley 82 81 75 238*

*Ackley played as an individual


Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship/February 18-19, 2002
Sawgrass Country Club/Ponte Vedra, Fla./(Final Team Results)

1. Florida 872 9. North Carolina 896
2. Tennessee 874 10. Duke 902
3. North Florida 884 11. Florida State 903
4. Wake Forest 887 12. Vanderbilt 904
5. NC State 890 13. Georgia State 908
6. Augusta State 891 14. South Carolina 911
7. Louisiana State 892
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