Feb. 16, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State continues its spring season as it travels to play in the 11th annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship Feb. 18-19 at Sawgrass Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. The event is being played on the nationally renowned 6,895 yard, Par 72 Sawgrass course, which has been home to the PGA Tournament Players Championship. The tournament features four of the nation’s top-10 men’s golf teams and three of the nation’s top-15 ranked individuals players. The tournament gets underway Feb. 18 with 36 holes and finishes Feb. 19 with 18 holes.
MERCEDES-BENZ COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by Augusta State, Duke, Florida, Georgia State, Louisiana State, North Carolina, NC State, North Florida, Northwestern, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest
SEMINOLES OPEN SEASON AT GATOR INVITATIONAL
Junior Peter Mitchell (Miami, Fla.) finished in a tie for 24th-place with a career-best 216 tournament score to lead the Seminoles to an 11th-place finish at the Gator Men’s golf Invitational at the University of Florida Golf Course. Florida State performed well as a team with three strong scores of 289-291-296 for the three-round event. The Seminoles’ first round score of 289 and their second round score of 291 are the two lowest single round scores under second-year head coach Nicky Goetze.
MITCHELL ENJOYS BEST TOURNAMENT OF CAREER AT GATOR
Junior Peter Mitchell shot three scores of 72 during the 54-hole Gator Invitational tournament and finished with a six-over par score of 216. The single-round scores of 72, the tournament score of 216 and the overall finish of tied for 24th-place were all career-bests for Mitchell. He has played in eight tournaments during his Florida State career and averages 77.29 strokes per round in eight tournament and 24 rounds.
BEATY CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL IN INAUGURAL COLLEGIATE SEASON
Freshman Eric Beaty (Germantown, Tenn.) finished as the second ranked Seminole in the Gator Invitational as he continued to play like anything but a first-year player. He averaged 73.67 strokes for the three-round tournament with a low round score of one-over par 71 in round one. His first round score helped the Seminoles to a sixth-place finish after round one of the Gator Invitational. Beaty has played in five during his first season at Florida State and averages 74.33 strokes in 15 rounds during his first five collegiate tournaments.
BEERS CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Sophomore Alan Beers (Midlothian, Va.) shot his career-low round of 70 during the second round of the Gator Invitational. It marked the third time during his collegiate career he had shot 72 or under. Beers’ even-par score of 70 marked the lowest score shot by a Seminole player during the team’s first tournament of the spring. His previous low round score was 71 during the 2001 Kiawah Island Invitational.
WESTBROOK GETS BACK INTO THE SWING
Senior Rick Westbrook (Alto, Ga.), the Seminoles top returning golfer this year, continued his strong play as he averaged 74.00 strokes for the three rounds played during the Gator Invitational. He carded a personal tournament low 71 in the first round to help pace the Seminoles to a sixth place standing after round one of the event. Westbrook has competed in 20 tournaments and averages 75.15 strokes per round in 58 rounds.
FLORIDA STATE MEN’S GOLF STATISTICS
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Peter Mitchell 1 3 0 3 72 216 72.00
Eric Beaty 1 3 0 2 71 221 73.67
Rick Westbrook 1 3 0 2 71 222 74.00
Alan Beers 1 3 1 1 70 225 75.00
Brad Lusenhop 1 3 0 2 73 225 75.00