TCU Opens Play at NCAA Golf Championship

Senior Daniel Jennevret

Senior Daniel Jennevret

May 28, 2013

LIVE RESULTS

MILTON, Ga.—TCU began competition Tuesday at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course. The Horned Frogs are making their 17th all-time appearance at the national tournament.

TCU struggled in its opening round played in Tuesday’s afternoon wave, finishing in 30th place at +14 overall. The top-8 squads following three rounds of stroke play will advance to the match-play portion of the national championship.

The Frogs currently trail eighth place by 15 shots but, despite their position, still have plenty of time to make up ground in the team standings. They trailed the final qualifying position by double digits in their opening round at the NCAA Pullman Regional two weeks ago before rallying to grab second place at the tournament.

TCU’s five-man lineup suffered the most damage to its opening-round efforts on the final four holes before making the turn at 18, combining to go +10 on holes 15 through 18. Only one Frog, senior Pontus Gad, played the stretch better than +2. The squad was only +2 on its second nine.

“Today was a rough round for us, but we have a veteran group of guys here with a lot of pride,” head coach Bill Montigel said. “We obviously would have liked to start out better. I’ve seen teams that were down early before in this tournament that were able to regroup and finish high. Tomorrow will be an important day for us.”

“It was a tough way for us to start this tournament, but I’m not worried about our position,” senior Daniel Jennenvret said. “We have a lot of talent on this team and we’ve come back from starts like this before. The focus just needs to be on playing one hole at a time and not thinking about our start.”

Jennevret finished Round 1 as the top Frog on the individual leaderboard, firing a 2-over-par 72 to grab a share of 66th place. He regrouped from a poor start that featured four bogeys in his opening nine holes by carding three birdies against one bogey down the final stretch.

TCUs three other golfers who counted towards the team score, Gad, sophomore Julien Brun and freshman Paul Barjon, each finished with 4-over rounds of 74, good for a share of 137th place. Like Jennevret, Barjon finished strong by recording birdies on holes 6 and 7 to shake off a five-over-par stretch on holes 14 through 17. Brun started his day by draining a 30-foot birdie putt on hole 10 but was unable to keep his game in sync from there. Gad also posted one birdie on his round.

Senior Eli Cole rounded out TCU’s competitors with a 6-over 76. He is tied for 138th.

Arizona State, behind a course-record competition round by Jon Rahm, tops the team leaderboard at -10 overall. Rahm fired a 61 in his morning round, four strokes better than the previous mark, and holds a four-shot advantage in the individual standings. Georgia Tech (-6), Alabama (-5), Illinois (-4) and Cal (-3) round out the top 5 in the team race.

The Frogs continue their run at the NCAA Championship with Wednesday’s second round. The squad is scheduled to start play off the No. 1 tee at 7:50 a.m.


2013 NCAA MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
The Capital City Club – Crabapple Course (Milton, Ga.)
May 28, 2013
Round 1 Results

TEAM LEADERBOARD (30 teams)
1. Arizona State – (-10; 270)
2. Georgia Tech – (-6; 274)
3. Alabama – (-5; 275)
4. Illinois – (-4; 276)
5. Cal – (-3; 277)
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30. TCU – (+14; 294)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD (156 competitors)
1. Jon Rahm, Arizona State – (-9; 61)
2. Abraham Ancer, Oklahoma – (-5; 65)
3. Brandon Hagy, Cal – (-4; 66)
4. Ian Davis, Oklahoma State – (-3; 67)
    Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State – (-3; 67)
    Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech – (-3; 67)
    Justin Thomas, Alabama (-3; 67)
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t66. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (+2; 72)
t113. Paul Barjon, TCU – (+4; 74)
t113. Julien Brun, TCU – (+4; 74)
t113. Pontus Gad, TCU – (+4; 74)
t138. Eli Cole, TCU – (+6; 76)


 

 


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