Goetze-Ackerman, Hull to join WGCA Hall of Fame

Katherine Hull celebrates with caddie Vern Tess after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Katherine Hull will be inducted into the Players Hall of Fame in December. Goetze-Ackerman played for Georgia and Hull played for Pepperdine.

Goetze-Ackerman came to Georgia as the most decorated junior golfer in U.S. history. Before she arrived on campus, Goetze-Ackerman already had claimed the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur title, low-am honors at two U.S. Women’s Opens, was a six-time AJGA All-American and was a three-time National Junior Golfer of the Year.

She won four or shared four titles as a freshman, including the 1992 NCAA Championship. She had to overtake Arizona’s Annika Sorenstam to do it. 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, she returned to Georgia and won three more titles. Her seven individual victories is a school record that still stands.

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

Hull is the only female golfer from a non-BCS school in the past 26 years to win Ping National Player of the Year honors from the WGCA. She earned the honor in 2003. Hull also won the Dinah Shore Award in 2003 and was a three-time WGCA All-American.

Hull won medalist honors at seven tournaments during her Pepperdine career. In winning the San Jose State Spartan Invitational in 2003, she set NCAA records with a 16-under 200 and a first-round, 9-under 63. She still holds the top two spots on Pepperdine’s single-season records list for scoring average, with a 72.19 in 2001-02 and a 72.82 in 2002-03. For her career, she ranks second at Pepperdine with a 73.52 average.

Hull turned professional following her senior year, first playing on the Futures Tour in 2003 before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2004. She has over $3 million in career earnings including two victories.

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