Frogs Finish Second at MWC Championship

TCU senior Tom Hoge

TCU senior Tom Hoge

May 7, 2011


TUCSON, Ariz.—TCU finished runner-up Saturday during the final round of the Mountain West Conference Men’s Golf Championship at OMNI Tucson National Resort.

The Horned Frogs will now await a possible at-large selection to NCAA Regionals, whichwill be held at six different sites May 19-21. TCU will be looking to earn its 22nd consecutive NCAA regional bid when selections are announced Monday at 5 p.m. CT.
The Frogs, who entered the day in third place trailing leader San Diego State by a six-stroke deficit, shot even-par 284 Saturday to fall just two strokes shy of the Aztecs, who won their first MWC title. TCU finished with a cumulative total of -3 while playing consistent golf throughout the weekend. The squad was the only group among the field to place each of its five players in the final top 26.
Two Frogs placed high among the field’s individual finishers in senior Tom Hoge and junior Johan de Beer, who both shared fifth place at -3. UNLV’s Derek Ernst took top medalist honors with a final score of -6 after winning a three-hole, three-way playoff against Colorado State’s Ryan Peterson and Travis Ross.
Hoge, who shot even par both of the first two rounds, fired a 3-under 68 Saturday to climb from outside the top-10. Hoge was +1 through seven holes before rallying with four birdies over the next eight holes. The final placing marked the second top-5 finish at the MWC Championship in four career attempts for the Fargo, N.D.,native. He tied for third as a sophomore in 2009.
Joining Hoge in the top-5 was de Beer, who played par or better for the third straight day Saturday with an even-par 71. He totaled four birdies and four bogeys in his third round to also earn a second career top-5 placing at the MWC Championship. He previously matched Hoge for third place as a freshman in 2009.
Rounding out the Frogs’ final-round scoring were sophomores Pontus Gad (+1) and Daniel Jenenvret (+3), who earned ties for 15th and 17th places, respectively. Gad shot a 1-over par 72 Saturday, while Jennevret totaled a 2-over 73. None of TCU’s top-4 finishers recorded scores of higher than 73 throughout the weekend.
Junior Eli Cole tied for 26th at +6 following a 5-over 76 to round out the weekend.

OMNI Tucson National Resort
Catalina Course (par 71, 7,144-yards)
Tucson, Ariz.
Final Round
May 7, 2011
1. San Diego State – (-5; 278-281-288-847)
2. TCU – (-3; 283-282-284-849)
3. UNLV – (+2; 287-273-294-854)
4. Colorado State – (+4; 286-287-283-856)
5. New Mexico – (+6; 291-284-283-858)
6. BYU – (+8; 283-285-292-860)
7. Utah – (+22; 297-291-286-874)
8. Air Force – (+23; 289-294-292-875)
9. Wyoming – (+33; 286-294-305-885)
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (45 competitors)
1. Derek Ernst, UNLV – (-6; 71-64-72-207)
2. Ryan Peterson, Colorado State – (-6; 67-70-70-207)
    Travis Ross, New Mexico – (-6; 71-67-69-207)
4. Alex Kang, San Diego State – (-4; 68-72-69-209)
5. Johan de Beer, TCU – (-3; 70-69-71-210)
    Tom Hoge, TCU – (-3; 71-71-68-210)
15 (tie). Pontus Gad, TCU – (+2; 71-72-72-215)
17 (tie). Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (+3; 73-70-73-216)
26 (tie). Eli Cole, TCU – (+6; 71-72-76-219)



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