March 15, 2013
FORT WORTH--The TCU men's golf team will make its second trip of the spring to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend to play in the annual National Invitational Tournament at Omni Tucson National Golf Club.
Three rounds will be contested Saturday through Sunday, with 36 holes on the opening day. Both days of competition will tee off at 8 a.m. MST. The Frogs will play a practice round at Omni Tucson National on Friday.
TCU will be traveling to a familiar site, as the squad has played nine events at the course over the last five seasons. In addition to making four previous appearances in the National Invitational Tournament, the Frogs also played in the Mountain West Championship each season at Omni Tucson National. The course for this weeekend's tournament will measure 7,094 yards and feature a par score of 72.
As it does every year, the event will welcome a strong group of challengers featuring seven of the top-40 teams from the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national ratings, including No. 3 New Mexico, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 18 SMU, No. 19 Arkansas, No. 27 Texas A&M, No. 37 UNLV. TCU will enter the weekend with the second-best ranking among the field at No. 8, its highest position of the season. Filling out the field will be Arizona, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Diego, San Diego State, UTEP and Wyoming.
TCU will play in the National Invitational Tournament for the first time since 2011. The squad has seen its fair share of success at the event over the years with two team championships in four appearances since 2008 (2008, 2010). Three different Frogs have posted top-5 finishes during that time (James Sacheck, second in 2009; Franklin Corpening, fourth in 2008; and Tom Hoge, tied for fourth in 2011). Current TCU senior Daniel Jennevret led the team to its last National Invitational Tournament title in 2010 by tying for seventh place.
TCU has extended its excellent start to the season into March, earning its fourth top-3 finish in five spring tournaments last week with a runner-up showing at the San Diego Classic following a dual-match victory over Pepperdine in Los Angeles, Calif. Freshman Julien Brun (tied for eighth) and seniors Eli Cole and Pontus Gad (tied for 10th) each earned top-10 finishes in San Diego. The trio, along with senior Daniel Jennenvret, continues to hold down top-80 individual national rankings with Brun leading the team at No. 4 overall.
Following their trip to Tucson, the Frogs take 10 days off from competition before returning to action March 28 through 30 at the Stanford Invitational.