TCU Men Match All-Sport School Record With Fourth Straight League Title
April 21, 2004
DADE CITY, Fla. - The TCU men's golf team tied an all-sport school record by registering the squad's fourth consecutive conference championship today at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Fla. Senior Adam Meyer claimed medalist honors as the Horned Frogs swept the team and individual crowns after both led the tournament wire-to-wire.
Meyer, who was the conference runner up in 2003, posted his third straight round in the 60s and was the only player in the 70-person field to break par all three days. The native of China Spring, Texas, cruised to a nine-stroke victory with a three-round 206 (-10), which was the second-best score in Conference USA Championship history, behind only a 205 by former TCU player Bret Guetz at the 2002 Championship. It was Meyer's second individual title as a TCU player and the fourth of his college career.
"I'm very happy, " Meyer said. "But the most important thing is that our team won. That's our goal starting every year. It was just an added bonus that I was able to win medalist honors."
Junior David Schultz joined Meyer on the all-tournament team after tying for fourth place with a 54-hole sum of 218 (+2). Schultz, who began the round with a share of third, carded a one-over 73 on the final day. It was his second-best placement of the season and the fifth top-five landing of his career.
Colby Beckstrom (220) wound up with a share of 11th after a final-round 75. It was the seventh time in 11 events this season that the sophomore, who was the 2003 C-USA Freshman of the Year, has placed in the top 20.
After a final-round 71, senior Stephen Polanski leaped into a tie for 15th place with a 221 total. It was the best finish of his career and his second top 20 this year. Junior J.J. Killeen closed out TCU's top-20 finishers with a three-round 222 (+6). Killeen posted a two-over 74 in the final round to earn his second consecutive top 20 and fourth this year.
By virtue of the victory, TCU receives an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Regionals, which will mark the 15th straight regional appearance for the Horned Frogs under head coach Bill Montigel. According to available archives, the men's golf team has become just the second TCU team ever to win four straight league titles, joining only the men's tennis team (1994-1997).
"It was an absolute team effort," Montigel said. "The course was in great shape and the greens were really fast. We were very consistent all three rounds and every one of our guys played well."
TCU also dominated the awards in a ceremony following the tournament. Meyer, who was a first-team all-conference selection last season, was honored as the league's 2004 Player of the Year. He was joined by TCU teammates Beckstrom and Schultz on the first team, giving the Horned Frogs three first-team picks for the second straight year. In addition, Killeen was named to the C-USA second team. Montigel earned Coach of the Year honors for the third year in a row as a member of C-USA, and the fifth time in his career.
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