Horned Frogs Run Away With Prestige Title
Nov. 5, 2002
LA QUINTA, Calif. - The TCU men's golf team, rated sixth in the most recent Golfweek rankings, claimed its second tournament title of the fall season on Tuesday, cruising to a 15-stroke victory at The Prestige At PGA West. TCU had three players finish among the top six individuals, matching a feat set earlier this season during the Frogs' victory at the Sooner Invitational.
"Our goal coming in was to win the tournament, and after a slow start in the first round, our guys played great," said TCU head golf coach Bill Montigel. "We played exceptionally well over the last two rounds and I am really proud of the guys."
TCU led the tournament from wire-to-wire and finished with a three-round total of 853 (-11). The Horned Frogs were the only team to play all three rounds under par. UC Irvine came in second with a 54-hole score of 868 (+4).
Individually, senior Adam Rubinson paced the Horned Frogs with a three-day score of 208 (-8). After opening Monday with a 72, he fired back-to-back rounds of 68 to move into sole possession of second place. It was the fourth runner-up finish of his career, and second this season. Rubinson wound up just one stroke behind tournament medalist Chris Marshall of Kansas (207).
A pair of Frogs, sophomores David Schultz and J. J. Killeen, shared sixth place after recording two-under-par scores of 214. Schultz, rated 20th in the nation individually, has finished in the top 12 in four of the fall's first five events, while Killeen has landed in the top 20 in each of the last two tournaments. The sixth-place finish is the best of Killeen's career.
Junior Stephen Polanski (221) also had his best performance of the season, as he tied for 25th place. He was consistent over all three rounds (73-74-74) and ended with a five-over-par score of 221. Freshman Colby Beckstrom, who was Conference USA's October Co-Golfer of the Month, bounced back from a disappointing tourney start to post a two-under-par 70 in the final round to move up into a tie for 42nd with a three-round 225.
The Prestige At PGA West, hosted by UC Davis and Stanford, is in its third year of bringing together 18 of the nation's top academic and golf-playing universities. The tournament was played on the par-72, 6,841-yard La Quinta Resort Mountain Course.
The Horned Frogs are next in action at the Collegiate Match Play Championships on Nov. 8-10 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Horned Frogs, seeded sixth, will face the 11th-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first round. The tournament is TCU's final event of the fall season.