Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Campus Corner

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Campus Corner

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

KUDOS FOR GOLF FACILITY

When Senior PGA Tour players Hubert Green and Bob Duval were teeing it up for the Seminoles in the 1960s, Florida State's golf course was a nondescript 9-hole track with a snack bar stuck out in the middle of a field.

It has taken a long time, but FSU's golf program should reap huge benefits following the completion of the $7-million Dave Middleton Golf Center at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course.

"I think now Florida State has joined the 21st century in golf," Duval said at last week's dedication of the new facility.

Duval, Green and other notable former 'Noles were on hand for the grand opening of the facility, which bears the name of recently-retired Merrill-Lynch executive Middleton, who has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach for the past 17 years. Middleton, a former Seminoles player, helped make the dream of a first-rate golf facility a reality with a $1 million gift.

"If we don't have a good program now, the coach has to look at himself," Green said. "We've got good weather, good facilities, good courses, all the video stuff. It's all here."

In addition to the facility, FSU recently announced its partnership with Arvida, which will provide the Seminoles golf teams with access to the Fred Couples-designed SouthWood Golf Club under construction in Tallahassee.

VOLLEYBALL TEAM ON A TEAR

After a sluggish start, Cecile Reynaud's Florida State volleyball team (12-9, 8-4 ACC) has six consecutive victories, capped by Sunday's five-game win against Georgia Tech. Norisha Campbell hammered the Yellow Jackets with 22 kills, good enough to allow the senior middle hitter to collect her second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week award.

Not only did the Seminoles avenge a three-game September sweep by the Yellow Jackets, they also scored their first home win over their neighboring ACC rivals since 1998. …

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