No. 7 TCU Finishes 10th at PING/Golfweek Preview

Freshman Colby Beckstrom's strong rookie campaign continued with a tie for sixth at the NCAA Preview.

Freshman Colby Beckstrom's strong rookie campaign continued with a tie for sixth at the NCAA Preview.

Oct. 8, 2002

STILLWATER, Okla. - The TCU men's golf team, rated seventh in the most recent Golfweek poll, moved up one position to finish in 10th place at the PING/Golfweek NCAA Preview at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek Golf Course, the site of the 2003 NCAA Championships. TCU freshman Colby Beckstrom continued his tremendous start, tying for sixth place. The Horned Frogs posted a final-round score of 301 to complete the tournament with a 54-hole sum of 912 (+48).

"Playing in the Preview will benefit this young team," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "Our guys had a chance to play with the best teams in the country, on the course that we hope to play on again in May. We had our ups and downs, but we'll come out of this a better team."

Beckstrom, who played the course at even-par in each of the last two rounds, began the day in a tie for 13th place. His three-over-par total of 219, was just six strokes out of first place, and three behind the tournament runner-up. It was the second consecutive top-10 finish for Beckstrom, who tied for second at the Sooner Invitational in mid-September.

"I can't say enough about Colby. For a freshman to place as well as he did says a lot," Montigel said. "Most of the top college golfers played in this tournament, and to finish tied for sixth is quite an accomplishment."

Senior Adam Rubinson and sophomore David Schultz shared 25th place for the Frogs. Rubinson had a four-over 76 on the final day, while Schultz carded a 74 (+2) to jump up nine spots in the standings. It was the first time this season that either of the two TCU golfers finished below the top 20.

Junior Stephen Polanski had a 79 on the final day to score a 240 for the tournament (+24). He topped sophomore teammate J.J. Killeen (241) by one stroke.



Augusta State claimed the tournament title with a 16-over-par 880 over the Preview's 54 holes. Among the highly-rated teams competing were No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Florida, No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 12 USC and No. 16 Minnesota. The top 12 teams at the 2002 NCAA Championships, along with three other "at-large" schools competed in the annual fall tournament.

The Horned Frogs are next in action at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 14-15.

Team Totals:
1. Augusta State 300-291-289=880 (+16); 2. Clemson 299-293-294=886 (+22); 3. Arizona 300-295-298=893 (+29); 4. Auburn 304-292-298=894 (+30); 5. Texas 309-287-301=897 (+33); 6. Wake Forest 304-296-298=898 (+34); 7. Oklahoma State 312-284-303=899 (+35); 8. Minnesota 317-286-299=902 (+38); 9. Washington 306-296-307=909 (+45); 10. TCU 317-294-301=912 (+48); T-11. Florida 305-296-315=916 (+52); T-11. Georgia Tech 307-307-302=916 (+52); 13. USC 317-298-314=929 (+65); 14. North Carolina State 321-299-312=932 (+68) 15. Purdue 316-302-323=941 (+77).

Individual Totals:
T-6. Colby Beckstrom 75-72-72=219 (+3); T-25. Adam Rubinson 79-71-76=226 (+10); T-25. David Schultz 75-77-74=226 (+10); T-62. Stephen Polanski 84-77-79=240 (+24); T-66. J.J. Killeen 86-74-81=241 (+25).

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