Men's Golf Team Scoots Into Seventh Place Tie at NIT
March 29, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - The TCU men's golf team moved into a share of seventh place at the National Invitational Tournament thanks to the day's best score, a five-under-par 283, at the Tucson National Golf Course (Par 72; 7,094 yards). TCU started Monday's play in last place among the 11 teams, but the Frogs played 14 strokes better in round two than on the first 18 holes (297).
On Monday, all five TCU golfers logged rounds of 73 or better, after no Horned Frog bested 74 in round one. The Frogs, who were four strokes better than the next best school, were one of just three teams to shoot better than par on day two. TCU is now just four strokes out of fifth place after beginning the day 11 shots out of a top-five finish.
Senior Adam Meyer led the way for TCU, posting a three-under 69. The China Spring, Texas, product carded four birdies and just one bogey to move up from a share of 35th place into a tie for 15th at 143 (-1). Meyer has put himself within striking distance of his sixth top-10 finish in TCU's last seven events.
Colby Beckstrom's 70 (-2) on day two propelled the sophomore into a share of 18th place with a two-round score of 144 (E). Beckstrom got off to a great start on Monday morning, as he was three-under through his first six holes.
J.J. Killeen registered TCU's third under-par round of the day, as he finished with a 71 (-1). Killeen, a junior from Lubbock, Texas, has a two-round score of 145 (+1) and sits in a tie for 21st place.
Senior Stephen Polanski (T-32nd) improved by two strokes on Monday, exchanging a 75 for a 73. His 36-hole sum of 148 is four-over-par. David Schultz bounced back from his first 80 as a TCU player to also notch a one-over 73. The junior has moved into a tie for 51st place.
Of the 11 teams at the National Invitational Tournament, nine are ranked among the top 25 in the most recent GCAA/Precept Coaches' Poll. The tournament's ranked teams include: No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 9 TCU, No. 10 UNLV, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 13 Arizona, No. 15 New Mexico, No. 20 Southern California and No. 22 Washington.
The Horned Frogs begin final round play on Tuesday. The 8:10 a.m. (MT). Live scoring will be available on www.golfstat.com.