Rubinson Places Second, Frogs Tie for 11th at NCAA Championships
June 1, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio - TCU junior Adam Rubinson missed an individual national title by just one stroke and the Horned Frogs ended up tied for 11th at the 2002 NCAA Championships. The Frogs registered a nine-over par 293 in the last round and had a total of 1152 for the 72-hole event. Minnesota claimed the team crown with a score of 1134 after shooting a final-round six-under score of 278.
"We really had an unbelievable year," head coach Bill Montigel said. "To finish in the top 11 in the country out of all the Division I golf programs is pretty special. These guys played really well under the pressure of the NCAAs. Obviously we would have liked to have played better today, but when you look back at the tournament and the year from start to finish, it is going to go down as one of the best in TCU history."
Rubinson, whose second-place landing matched the best national finish for a Horned Frog golfer ever (J.J. Henry in 1998), left the course atop the leaderboard with a seven-under par 277. However, after spending an hour-and-a-half as the leader, Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson, who made three birdies on the back, posted a birdie on No. 16 and pars on 17 and 18 to edge the Frog star by one stroke.
"Adam was outstanding all four days and I'm so happy of what he accomplished," Montigel said. "He has worked so hard ever since he has been here. What a fitting way it was for him to finish a great season."
The junior from Fort Worth began Saturday's play in a tie for fourth place, but played brilliantly on the final day and made the turn at one-under. He birdied No. 7 thanks to a 182-yard seven-iron shot that left him less than two feet from the pin. Rubinson reached three-under for the day, and -8 for the tournament following a birdie on No. 15. However, when his five-footer for par lipped out, he dropped back to seven-under. It was just his second bogey of the day, but it was enough to allow Matteson to slip by.
Bret Guetz closed the day, and his TCU career, with a two-over 73. The all-region performer played the front nine at one-under par, carding a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. He grabbed a share of 38th place individually with a 72-hole 287 (+3). Fellow senior Andy Doeden finished in fine fashion, grabbing a birdie on No. 18 after sticking a seven iron close to score a three-over 74. He landed in a tie for 74th place at eight-over par.
Freshman J.J. Killeen carded a 77 for the Horned Frogs. After firing back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17, the freshman double-bogeyed the closing hole to finish the day at +6 and the tournament at +13 (297). He grabbed a share of 111th in his first championship appearance. Senior Steve Shuert posted a seven-over 78 for the Frogs in his final tournament. Shuert's Saturday highlight was an approach on No. 7 that hit the flag and left him with a short birdie putt, which he converted. He wound up with a 303 (+19) for the tournament and placed tied for 142nd.
TCU began Saturday in a tie for ninth place. The 11th-place showing equaled the third-best finish ever for a Horned Frog men's team. It also is the fourth time in the last six years that TCU has finished among the top 12 at the NCAA Championships.
"It was an emotional day for me, losing three awfully special seniors who have meant so much to this program," Montigel said. "There is so much parity and so many good teams that it is great to just make it to nationals. To do this well is just an added bonus."
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