Frogs' Season Ends With 20th-Place Finish at NCAAs
June 3, 2004
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The TCU Horned Frogs saw their season come to a close on Thursday as the team shot a 24-over-par score of 304 to fall from a tie for eighth into 20th at the NCAA Championships at the Homestead's Cascades Course (6,679 yards, par 70). Tenth-ranked TCU finished with a three-round score of 877 (+13), six shots off the cut line.
It was TCU's 10th appearance at the NCAA Championships in the past 14 years under head coach Bill Montigel and the 13th trip in school history. The 20th-place finish was the ninth top-20 placement in TCU golf annals.
TCU struggled from the outset in the third round, as only Adam Meyer found the fairway on the first hole. Ultimately, playing from the deep rough was too much for the Frogs, who were unable to avoid big numbers. The five players combined for four double-bogeys and two triple-bogeys in the round.
"It was a very frustrating day," Montigel said. "We obviously had goals of finishing a lot higher, but the one thing that I can say is that every single one of our guys fought until the very end. There are a lot of schools who would like to say that they finished 20th in the nation."
Meyer, the Conference USA Player of the Year, posted a third-round 74 to finish the event with a six-over 216. The senior from China Spring, Texas, tied for 32nd place among the 156 competitors and nearly reached Friday's final round as an individual competitor. Meyer, who is a strong candidate for All-America honors for the second time in his college career, closed the season with an impressive 71.82 stroke average.
Junior David Schultz, who was a first-team All-Conference USA performer, had a final-round 74. He tied for 55th position with a three-round 219 (+9). The Fargo, N.D., native finished the campaign with a scoring average of 73.06.
Sophomore Colby Beckstrom, a fellow first-team All-C-USA golfer with a 72.95 stroke average, was one of three TCU players to post an eight-over 78 on Thursday. Beckstrom (North Muskegon, Mich.) finished tied for 95th at 223 (+13).
Second-team all-league player J.J. Killeen's 78 gave him a total of 225 (+15) over the three days. His standout season culminated in a career-best 73.23 average.
Senior Stephen Polanski closed out his career with a 78 to place in a share of 114th at 225 (+15). The native of Livonia, Mich., and the lone four-year letterwinner on the Horned Frogs, began the tournament with a one-under 69.
"This was really a super group of guys to work with," Montigel said. "It was a special year for us and a great accomplishment to qualify for the NCAAs. We are really going to miss Adam and Stephen next year. They are outstanding people who did so much for TCU golf."