Feb. 18, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. –
SETTING THE SCENE
The Florida State men’s golf team plays in its second tournament of the 2001 spring season as it travels to Jacksonville, Fla., to participate in the 10th annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Golf Championship. The University of North Florida hosts the event that is played on the 6,895-yard, par 72 Sawgrass Country Club Course. The event is a two-day event with 36 holes played on Monday Feb. 19 and 18 holes played on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
THE MERCEDES-BENZ COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
The 2001 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship field features 15 of the nation’s top collegiate programs and six teams that are included in the MasterCard Top 25 rankings. Florida State will compete against No. 4 South Carolina, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 11 Duke, No. 12 NC State, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 23 Florida, Alabama, Augusta State, Georgia State, Louisiana State, North Carolina, North Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. David Bennett, a senior at North Florida, returns to defend his individual championship that he won in a one-hole playoff. Florida won the team championship last season with a three-round score of 871 (seven-over par).
SEMINOLES AT THE BEAU RIVAGE COLLEGE CLASSIC
Senior Mark Donaldson (Kirkaldy, Scotland) shot a two-over par 74 on the final day of the Beau Rivage College Classic to finish sixth in the individual standings and lead Florida State to a 12th place team finish. It was the Seminoles’ first tournament of the 2001 spring season. Florida State shot its best team score (306) in the second round of the tournament.
DONALDSON LEADS SEMINOLES IN FIRST TOURNAMENT
Senior Mark Donaldson fired a three-round total of 222 to finish in sixth place in the individual standings at the Beau Rivage College Classic during the first tournament of the season. He shot three strong rounds of 72-76-74 to finish six strokes over par. The sixth place finish was the best of his career.
WESTBROOK SHOOTS PAR IN FINAL ROUND
Junior Mark Westbrook (Alto, Ga.) shot an even-par 72 in the final round of the Beau Rivage College Classic and finished in a tie for 22nd place in the individual standings of the tournament. The round of 72 was his second best during his short Seminole career. He shot a 70 in the first round of the Kiawah Island Invitational on Sept. 11, 2000. Westbrook is in his first year as a student-athlete as Florida State after transferring from Central Alabama Community College. While at Central Alabama, he led the Trojans to a pair of junior college national championships and earned All-America honors during the spring 2000 season.
HEAD COACH NICKY GOETZE
On August 16, 2000, the Florida State men’s golf program 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 was hired as the head coach at Mississippi State University in 1998. The Bulldogs claimed the team title in his first tournament as the head coach at MSU.