Goetze-Ackerman won seven individual titles, including the 1992 NCAAs, during her two seasons at UGA.
Dec. 11, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Former Georgia great Vicki Goetze-Ackerman was into the Women's Golf Coaches Assocation (WGCA) Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of the organization's annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev. 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. "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. I was pleasantly surprised. I never thought about anything like this happening but I'm happy it's happening and I'm happy my family is here to share this experience with my."
Goetze-Ackerman's husband, Jim; her seven-year-old son, Jake; and her mother, Irene, all were in Las Vegas for the ceremonies.
A native of Hull, Ga., just outside Athens, Goetze-Ackerman arrived at the University of Georgia as one of the most decorated junior golfers in history. During her two seasons of collegiate golf, she only furthered her legend.
Goetze-Ackerman 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 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 University of Georgia Golf Course.
Goetze-Ackerman turned professional in 1993 and played on the LPGA Tour until 2009.
The funny thing about it is as I think back on my memories of Georgia Golf really none of them have to do with wins or scores. My memories are of the experiences I had with the team and the things Beans had us do as a team. The whole experience at the University of Georgia quite honestly had little to do with time on a golf course...but they were great times that I remember so fondly.
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).