May 14, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas -
The TCU men's golf team will make its 25th-straight appearance in postseason play at the 2014 NCAA Regional Championships on Thursday through Saturday at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
The NCAA San Antonio Regional is one of six qualifying events for this year's NCAA Championships, which will be played May 23 through May 28 at Prairie Dunes Golf Course in Hutchinson, Kan. Only the top-five teams from each regional will advance to the national tournament, along with the top individual finisher from each site not playing for a qualifying team.
Briggs Ranch will play to a par of 72 over 7,206 yards during this week's tournament and has been ranked as Golfweek's best residential course in Texas and sixth in the U.S.
The Horned Frogs enter play as the tournament's No. 9 seed in the lone regional to feature four top-20 programs. Joining TCU in the San Antonio Regional listed in order by seed are No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 UCF, No. 18 UCLA, No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 30 USF, No. 31 SMU, No. 42 Georgia Southern, No. 43 Georgia State, Northwestern, College of Charleston, VCU and Columbia.
TCU competed in 11 tournaments during the 2013-14 season with seven top-10 finishes, including five top-five showings. The Frogs rounded out the regular season with a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship that saw them top No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 27 Baylor.
With its 25 straight appearances in NCAA Regional play under head coach Bill Montigel, TCU joins only 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.
Filling out the lineup card for the Frogs this weekend is juniors Julien Brun and Sarosh Adi, sophomore Paul Barjon and freshmen Chelso Barrett and Giulio Castagnara.
Fans can receive live scoring updates by following @TCUMensGolf on Twitter or by visiting Golfstat.com.
Enters postseason play with 70.78 stroke average, ranking third in TCU single-season history behind his 2012-13 (70.31) and 2011-12 (70.51) marks.
Posted four sub-70 rounds and six of par or better in his last seven rounds.
Claimed the Big 12 Championship individual title with Whispering Pines 54-hole course record (11-under 277).
Currently ranked as high as No. 11 nationally by Scratch Players world amateur ranking.
Claimed the individual title at the Desert Intercollegiate on Feb. 23.
Finished in the top 12 in 10 of 12 tournaments this season.
Lone two-time First-Team All-American (PING) in program history.
Earned Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team honors for ninth-place finish.
Ranks second on the squad with 73.76 stroke average.
Carded second-lowest round of the season for the Frogs with a 66 in the opening round in Hawaii.
Earned first-career top-10 finishes in back-to-back tournaments on Feb. 8 and Feb. 23.
Carded 11 rounds of par or better this season.
Competed in nine USGA events prior to beginning his collegiate career, including a runner-up finish to PGA standout Jordan Spieth at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Ranks second on the squad with final-round stroke average of 72.64.
Set TCU single-season record with six eagles on the year.
Fired season lows for a round (67) and 54-hole total (214) at The Goodwin in Stanford, Calif.
Recorded 11 rounds of par or better during the 2013-14 season.
Carded a final-round 71 to earn fifth-place finish at Crooked Stick during the fall season.
Posted back-to-back rounds of 66 to claim first tournament win at Stanford as a freshman.
Posted first-career top-10 finish (8th) at Wofford Invitational in April.
Recorded career-best 54-hole total of 210, including second-career sub-70 round of 68.
Previous best finish was a 29th-place showing in collegiate debut at Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.
Carded a then-season low 69 at Tucson National Invitational in March.
Has competed in 10 of 11 tournaments in his first collegiate season.
Posted second-lowest career totals for a round (71) and 54-hole total (215) at The Goodwin in Stanford, Calif.
Recorded best tournament of his career in Hawaii with rounds of 72, 71 and a career-low 67 for a top-30 finish.
Failed to reach par or better in only three of 54 holes in Hawaii.
Competed in 10 of 11 tournaments this season.
Has seen action in 16 collegiate tournaments in his career.