Men's Golf Team Snags Seventh at PING/Golfweek Preview
Sept. 27, 2004
BALTIMORE, Md. - No. 14 TCU placed seventh among 15 teams at the highly-competitive PING/Golfweek NCAA Preview on Monday. The Horned Frogs began the day with a share of second place, but posted a 17-over-par score of 297 to slide down the standings.
TCU's three-round score of 864 (+24) was 15 shots off the winning number of 849 posted by sixth-ranked Oklahoma State. No. 5 Georgia Tech placed second with an 852. The Horned Frogs finished just three strokes behind third-place Georgia (861), two behind No. 1 Florida and No. 10 Texas (862), and one behind No. 4 Arizona State (863). The tournament took place at the Caves Valley Golf Course (Par 70; 7,124 yards) in Baltimore, Md., the site of the 2005 NCAA Championships.
"I'm really proud of the way the guys competed," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "It was a very tough test early in the season, and we hung in there with the best teams in the country. Our goal every year is to make it to the NCAA Championships, and we'd love nothing more than to play Caves Valley again next May."
J.J. Killeen, a senior from Lubbock, recorded the best finish for the Horned Frogs, placing 11th individually. He carded a three-over 73 on the final day to finish the event at 213 (+3). It was Killeen's fifth top-20 placement in his last six tournaments dating back to last year. He wound up seven shots off the winning score of 206 achieved by Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin.
Senior David Schultz completed the tourney with a two-day total of 216 (+6) after a final-round 74. A native of Fargo, N.D., Schultz (T-19th) snuck into another top-20 placement, his 11th as a Horned Frog.
Junior Drew Pigg finished two spots behind Schultz after a nine-over 79 in round three gave him a total of 217 (+7). He began the day in a share of second place after a pair of 69s on Sunday.
Junior Colby Beckstrom matched Killeen's 73 to tie for team-best honors in the final round. For the tournament, the North Muskegon, Mich., native tied for 43rd with a three-round 222 (+12). True freshman Franklin Corpening shared 50th place with a 224 (+14). The Fort Worth Paschal H.S. graduate posted a 77 on Monday.
Thirteen of the participating teams were rated among the nation's top 20 according to the GCAA/Precept Coaches' Poll, and the field included nine of the country's top 10 schools. In addition to No. 14 TCU, No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Texas, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 UNLV, No. 19 California, Pepperdine and host Loyola College participated.
TCU is next in action at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala., from Oct. 11-12. It is the third of five fall tournaments scheduled for the Horned Frogs.
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