TCU Heads to NCAA Regionals for 25th-Straight Year
May 5, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's golf team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Championships on Monday, marking the program's 25th-straight postseason appearance. The Horned Frogs will compete at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, as the No. 9 seed on May 15-17.
The top-five finishes from each of the nation's six regional sites will advance to compete at the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 23 through May 28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. In addition to those teams, the top individual finisher not on one of the advancing squads will also earn a bid to compete at nationals.
"We're very excited to be heading to NCAA Regionals for the 25th-straight season," head coach Bill Montigel said. "These guys have worked extremely hard this season to get back to the postseason and to continue the tradition that so many in the past have helped build. We're looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do."
Joining TCU in the San Antonio Regional is No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 UCF, No. 18 UCLA, No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 30 USF, No. 31 SMU, No. 42 Georgia Southern, No. 44 Georgia State, Northwestern, College of Charleston, VCU and Columbia. The San Antonio Regional is the only regional site with four programs ranked in the top 20.
Under the direction of Montigel, the Horned Frogs have reached the NCAA postseason for 25-straight years, joining Clemson and UNLV as the only programs to achieve the feat under the same head coach. The streak also ranks as the longest postseason run in TCU history for all sports.
The Frogs, ranked No. 48, finished the season strong with a fifth-place showing at the Big 12 Championship for their fifth top-five performance of the season.
Julien Brun turned in one of the most dominating performances in Big 12 Championship history, claiming the individual title by nine strokes with a Whispering Pines Golf Club 72-hole course record of 277. The victory was Brun's eighth of his career, a TCU record, while freshman Chelso Barrett also shined with a ninth-place showing to join his teammate on the all-tournament team.
Brun will be the third-highest ranked individual in the field in San Antonio according to Golfstat at No. 17 and one of nine competitors ranked in the top 50 nationally.
TCU will attempt to return to the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in the last five years and the 14th time overall in Montigel's tenure.