May 6, 2013
2013 NCAA REGIONAL FIELDS
FORT WORTH - The TCU men's golf team received an at-large selection to the NCAA Regional Championships for its 24th consecutive postseason appearance Monday. The Horned Frogs will travel to Pullman, Wash., May 16-18 to compete as the No. 2 seed among a 14-team field.
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 28 through June 2 at The Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. 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 excited to get the opportunity to return to Regionals again this season," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "That's what our program builds towards each and every year. We've had a tremendous season so far, and I think we're going to be successful in Pullman."
TCU owns the nation's No. 7 ranking according to the most recent update from the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index. The squad has finished among the top-3 teams in seven of its nine spring tournaments to date with a victory at the Desert Intercollegiate in late February in Palm Desert, Calif.
Joining TCU in the West Regional at Washington State's Palouse Ridge Golf Club will be No. 1 overall seed Cal, USC, St. Mary's (Calif.), Virginia Tech, BYU, North Texas, Baylor, San Diego State, Ball State, Memphis, Pacific, Princeton and Saint Francis (Pa.). Each of the top-9 seeds is listed among the top 45 of Golfweek's national list.
With Montigel leading the TCU men's golf program, the Frogs are one of only four teams in the country to appear at NCAA Regionals with the same coach for each of the last 24 seasons. The Frogs are joined in the select company with Clemson, UNLV and Florida. The bid also continues a streak that ranks as the longest team postseason run in TCU history for all sports. The TCU women's golf program owns an active streak of 18 regional appearances to rank second, while the Frog men's tennis program advanced to 16 straight NCAA Regionals between 1991 and 2006.
"There are so many reasons why we have been able to continue this type of success here at TCU," Montigel said. "We are really fortunate to have such great support from our administration that allows us to play in some of the great tournaments in college golf each year. The Fort Worth community also provides us with overwhelming support, and our guys have the opportunity to play some outstanding courses on a daily basis."
TCU is expected to field a lineup in Pullman that features each of its five golfers ranked among the nation's top-125 individuals according to the Golfweek performance index. Sophomore All-American Julien Brun, a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award presented to the top competitor in college golf, leads the Frogs with his No. 4 ranking, while seniors Pontus Gad (No. 61), Daniel Jennevret (No. 70), and Eli Cole (No. 89) join him in the top 90. Freshman Paul Barjon, who is expected to return to the TCU lineup after sitting out the Big 12 Championship due to injury, is No. 122.
TCU and Cal will be the only teams in the Pullman Regional with five top-125 golfers. Brun will be the second-ranked individual behind only Cal's Michael Kim, the nation's top-ranked golfer.
TCU will attempt to return to the NCAA Championship for the third time in the last four years and the 13th time overall in Montigel's tenure.