TCU Men Claim Third Straight Conference Crown
April 23, 2003
DADE CITY, Fla. - Thanks to an outstanding afternoon by all five golfers, the TCU Horned Frogs picked up their third straight conference championship and the program's fifth in the last seven years. The fifth-ranked Frogs, who entered the day with a one-shot lead over Houston, defeated second-place UAB by seven strokes at the 2003 Conference USA Men's Golf Championships. Junior Adam Meyer paced TCU for the week, placing second individually, but all five golfers ranked placed among the top 21.
"We were very excited to win this tournament," said TCU head coach Bill Montigel. "There are a lot of great teams and individuals in this league. We knew it was going to come down to the final day and the final holes, and we're happy to come out with the win. It was a total team effort all week."
Meyer was one of just two players to finish the tournament under par. He posted a final-round 73 (+2) to finish with a one-under 212, three strokes off the pace of Charlotte's Russell Killough (209). Meyer's last round consisted of five birdies, and his play in the spring semester helped him earn first-team all-conference honors.
Adam Rubinson, who earned his third championship ring in his four seasons, finished in sole possession of sixth place with a one-over 214. He posted a 73 on the final day, and following the round, was named first-team all-conference as well as the Conference USA Golfer of the Year.
Sophomore J.J. Killeen turned in the Frogs' second-best round of the day, an even-par 71, to earn a tie for 13th place. He played well throughout the round, which included a birdie after a great approach shot on No. 7.
Colby Beckstrom, who was named C-USA Freshman of the Year, turned in a stellar round on Wednesday. His two-under 69 was highlighted by a difficult, downhill eight-foot par-saving putt on the eighth hole. With his performance, Beckstrom moved up from a tie for 40th into a tie for 18th.
Sophomore David Schultz finished in a share of 21st place with a 54-hole 221 (+8). He played much of the final round under par before finishing with a one-over 73. Schultz, was TCU's third member of the Conference USA first team, which was made up of just five players.
Following the event, Montigel received his second consecutive Conference USA Coach of the Year award, and the fourth league honor of his career. He now has won seven conference titles at TCU, five in golf and two as an assistant in basketball.
"This team really played well all three days, and I'm proud of them," he said. "This is a tough championship course, and we hung in there and played hard. It was a great tournament and a strong test for us heading into the NCAAs."