June 24, 2013
FORT WORTH — A fall trip to Japan for the annual Topy Cup competition highlights a 2013-14 TCU men’s golf schedule that should rank as one of the top slates in the nation.
Head coach Bill Montigel, entering his 27th season leading the Horned Frogs’ program, has lined up one of his most challenging schedules ever for next season. Also among the team’s planned events are the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windmere, Fla. (Oct. 20-22) and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 7-9), annually regarded as two of the top regular-season events in all of college golf.
The Frogs will open a four-event fall schedule with the 2013 Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan.
An annual college golf competition between teams from the United States and Japan, the Topy Cup features 54 holes over three days at the Tanagura Country Club, located just over 100 miles north of Tokyo. Each team will be represented by five student-athletes, with the four lowest scores each day counting toward a squad’s overall total. Joining TCU in Japan will be Charlotte, UAB and Washington. Japanese teams selected to compete will be announced at a later date.
This fall will mark TCU’s third appearance in the Topy Cup and its first international trip since 1997, when the squad earned the event title behind top-5 finishes by J.J. Henry, Grady Girard and Alberto Ochoa. Chad Magee, the first All-American to play under Montigel, won the individual crown as a senior during TCU’s first overseas visit in 1991.
Montigel will base his TCU travel squad for the Topy Cup on the R&A World Amateur Rankings, tabbing the top-5 Frogs from the final release before team lineups are due on July 25. As of this week, the group would include returning Frogs Julien Brun (No. 5), Paul Barjon (No. 100) and Thomas Mantovanini (1,734), as well as incoming freshmen Giulio Castagnara (No. 424) and Chelso Barrett (No. 1,256).
Following its trip to Japan, TCU will return to the United States for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. (Sept. 27-28), and the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate at famed Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indianapolis (Oct. 14-15). The Frogs wrap up the fall at one of the top events of the fall season Oct. 20-22 at Isleworth.
Some familiar stops pop up on TCU’s spring slate, most notably four repeat tournaments from last year’s schedule in the Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa Kings’ Club in Kona, Hawaii (Feb. 5-7), Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. (Feb. 21-22), National Invitational Tournament at Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. (March 14-16) and U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. (March 28-30).
The Frogs also will make return spring appearances following a one-year absences at both Southern Highlands in Las Vegas, Nev. (March 7-9) and the Insperity ASU Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (April 5-6).
TCU begins the championship portion of its schedule in late April with its only in-state tournament of the season, the 2013 Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas (April 25-27). The NCAA Regional Championships will follow May 15-17, once again being held at one of six campus sites, while the 2013 NCAA Championship will be played at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan. (May 27-June 1), site of last year’s Big 12 Championship.