UGA roundup: Goetze-Ackerman elected to WGCA Hall of Fame

Goetze-Ackerman elected to WGCA Hall of Fame

Former Georgia great Vicki Goetze-Ackerman was voted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Assocation Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of the organization’s annual convention in Las Vegas.

Goetze-Ackerman and Pepperdine’s Katherine Hull became the 59th and 60th members, respectively, of the Hall of Fame.

“When I received the call I was kind of stunned,” Goetze-Ackerman said in a news release. “It’s been a great year. In January, I was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and now I’m going into the Women’s Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. It’s been sort of surreal.”

Goetze-Ackerman, a native of Hull, captured the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur title during the summer after her sophomore year of high school at Athens Academy. Before she arrived on campus, Goetze-Ackerman also already had claimed low-am honors at two U.S. Women’s Opens, was a six-time AJGA All-American and three time National Junior Golfer of the Year. She then rewrote the Georgia record book in her two seasons with the Lady Bulldogs.

As a freshman, Goetze-Ackerman won or shared four tournament titles, the last of which was the biggest. With a record-setting, 7-under-par 65 on the final day, Goetze-Ackerman overtook defending champion Annika Sorenstam of Arizona to claim 1992 NCAA medalist honors with a three-stroke victory. Her single-round and 72-hole tallies (8-under 280) were NCAA championship records.

She was then named National Golfer of the Year by Golfweek and won the Honda/Broderick Award, was voted SEC Golfer and Freshman of the Year and also earned SEC Female Athlete of the Year recognition for all sports.

After winning a second U.S. Amateur crown and finishing as low am at the U.S. Women’s Open for a third time in the summer of 1992, Goetze-Ackerman returned to Athens and secured the PING WGCA Player of the Year honors. She did so after winning three more individual championships, setting a school record of seven titles that still stands as the record for Georgia women’s golf. Goetze-Ackerman wrapped up her collegiate career with the fifth-place showing at the 1993 NCAA championships at the UGA Golf Course.

Goetze-Ackerman turned professional in 1993 and played on the LPGA Tour until 2009.

Goetze-Ackerman is Georgia Golf’s sixth inductee into the WGCA (formerly the National Golf Coaches Association) Hall of Fame, following coach Liz Murphey (charter member in 1986), Cindy Schreyer (1999), coach Beans Kelly (2000), Terri Moody (2000) and Shauna Estes (2009).

Coach Kyprianou to speak at convention

For the third consecutive year, a Georgia track and field coach will be representing the Georgia program at the annual U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention.

Petros Kyprianou is scheduled to speak at the event, which runs from Dec. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla., on the symposium’s first day. With more than 25 collegiate coaches from across the country presenting, Kyprianou will be focusing on jumps, specifically “Utilizing Mechanical Advantages in the Weight Room.”

Georgia men’s sprints/hurdles coach Jon Stuart spoke at the 2011 convention and Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt spoke two years ago at the event.

—Staff reports

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