12th-Ranked Frogs Claim Second Place at the Ridges
Sept. 14, 2003
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - TCU posted the best final round of the 18-team field to easily secure second place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges. The Horned Frogs, rated 12th in the Golfweek preseason poll, were competing against 14 other teams rated among the nation's top 30. TCU finished five strokes behind tournament champion Florida, the third-rated team in the country, and with a three-round score of 859, the Frogs easily outdistanced top-rated Clemson (871) and No. 16 Southern California (871) for second place.
Colby Beckstrom, the 2003 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, got his sophomore campaign off to a fast start by grabbing fifth place at the event. Beckstrom posted a five-under 67, the best round by a TCU golfer in the tournament, in the final round. The North Muskegon, Mich. native sizzled to open Sunday's 18 holes, collecting birdies on six of the first seven holes. It was the best finish for Beckstrom since he tied for second place at the Sooner Invitational in October of 2002. Beckstrom, who shot five-over in the opening round, played the final two rounds at the Ridges at eight-under to finish with a 54-hole score of 213 (-3).
Finishing just behind Beckstrom was junior David Schultz, who tied for medalist honors at the Ridges last year. Schultz, an honorable mention All-American with the Frogs in 2003, carded a one-over-par 73 in the final round to finish with a two-day total of 215 (-1). Schultz, from Fargo, N.D., claimed a share of ninth place this year.
After back-to-back rounds of 71, senior Adam Meyer closed the Ridges with a 75 (+3). For the tournament, Meyer's three-round total of 217 (+1) was good for a share of 15th place. Meyer, an honorable mention All-American in 2002, was touted as a preseason third-team All-American this year, according to Golfweek.
Junior J.J. Killeen, who advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur last month, was the fourth member of the TCU team to gain entrance into the top 20. The Lubbock, Texas product finished with a share of 18th place after recording his second straight under-par round (71). Killeen's three-round sum of 218 was two-over-par.
Sophomore Drew Pigg tied for 41st place with a 223 (+7). Pigg, who had an 80 in round one and an even-par 72 in the second round, posted his best score of the tournament on Sunday with a one-under 71. Pigg double-bogeyed two of the first three holes, then played the final 15 holes at five-under-par.
Drew Stoltz, a redshirt freshman who made his first-ever appearance with the Horned Frogs, landed in a tie for 47th place after recording a 79 in the final round. Stoltz, who carded a three-round 224 (+8), did not figure into the team total since he was competing as an individual.
Of the top 30 teams in the 2003-04 Golfweek preseason poll, 15 played at the 18-team tournament this weekend. In addition to No. 12 TCU, the field included: No. 1 Clemson, No. 3 Florida, No. 5 Georgia, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 16 Southern California, No. 19 Wake Forest, No. 21 Auburn, No. 22 East Tennessee State, No. 23 South Carolina, No. 25 Tennessee, No. 26 Oklahoma, No. 27 Tulsa, No. 29 Illinois, Alabama, Kansas and Virginia Tech.
"I felt great the way we played," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "It was a total team effort. To have four guys finish in the top 20 is quite a feat. There were some outstanding teams and individuals here this weekend."
In the last four years, TCU has two first-place finishes (2000, 2001), one second-place finish (2003) and one third-place finish (2002) at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Additionally, Frog golfers Steve Shuert in 2001 and Schultz in 2002, won individual titles at the Ridges.
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