Bill Montigel has led TCU to eight conference titles in his 25-year career.
April 21, 2013
LIVE RESULTS | BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | TCU SEASON STATS
FORT WORTH -- Postseason play begins for TCU this week, as the squad travels to Hutchinson, Kan., for its inaugural appearance in the Big 12 Men's Golf Championship. Competition will be held Monday through Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
Each round of the three-day, 72-hole Big 12 Championship will be played at the par-70, 6,759-yard course at Prairie Dunes, which is hosting the event for the 11th time. Two rounds will be contested on the opening day followed by single rounds on both Tuesday and Wednesday. TCU, the championship's No. 2 seed, will be paired with No. 1 Texas and No. 3 Oklahoma State to open the tournament on Monday, teeing off at 9 a.m.
This week's team champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Championships, which will be played May 16-18 at six different national sites.
TCU will feature a five-man lineup consisting of sophomore Julien Brun; seniors Pontus Gad, Daniel Jennevret and Eli Cole; and sophomore Sarosh Adi. Freshman Paul Barjon, a lineup regular this season, will sit out the week while recovering from an injury.
The Horned Frogs should be a strong challenger in their first Big 12 Championship appearance. The squad enters the week rated No. 6 nationally according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national team performance index, the second-best ranking in the field behind only No. 3 Texas. Other challengers include No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 30 Oklahoma, No. 36 Texas Tech and No. 43 Baylor. The Frogs are second nationally in both overall scoring average (72.09) and score versus par (+0.64).
Brun, who last week was named a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award presented to the top collegiate golfer, leads TCU into the weekend with the nation's No. 4 individual ranking according to Golfweek. Only Texas' Brandon Stone (No. 3) holds a higher national ranking, although Brun's stroke average of 70.27, which is on pace to break the TCU single-season mark he set last year, leads the field. He has collected three individual titles already this year.
Three additional Frogs also currently hold down top-90 national rankings in Gad (No. 65), Jennevret (No. 80) and Cole (No. 81). Each golfer is producing a career-best season. Gad, who sat out the fall campaign in order to work on his game, owns a current stroke average of 71.75, more than 2.5 strokes better than any of his previous career figures. Jennevret has a mark of 72.20 in his final season (73.24 is his previous best), while Cole has recorded five top-10 finishes as a senior after entering the year with only one in his career. Cole sat out all of last season while recovering from a broken leg.
TCU will be looking to add the 10th conference championship in program history this week and its first since winning the Mountain West title in 2009. The Frogs placed runner up the last two years in the Mountain West and have finished no lower than fifth in any of their previous seven appearances at a conference tournament. TCU has seen four of its golfers win individual conference crowns all-time, including former standout Johan de Beer last season.
Live results for this year's Big 12 Championship will be available on Golfstat.com, while a championship central page will also be featured on the official Big 12 website, Big12sports.com.