TCU Golfers Set to Open 2004-05 Campaign at The Ridges
Sept. 10, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's golf team begins the 2004-05 season this weekend, as the Horned Frogs, ranked 17th in the nation according to the Golf World Preseason Coaches Poll and 27th in the Golfweek preseason rankings, participate in the Bank of Tennessee at the Ridges Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn., on Sept. 11-12.
Three regulars from last year's top-10 team (senior J.J. Killeen, senior David Schultz and junior Colby Beckstrom) will headline the Horned Frogs' roster in the opening tournament. The trio will be joined by junior Drew Pigg, junior Drew Laning and freshman Franklin Corpening.
The lineup was selected after an eight-round qualifier that took place over the last two weeks. Killeen, who was crowned the champion of the Fort Worth Men's City, recorded the best eight-round score and will play in the top spot. A second-team All-Conference USA performer who finished last season rated 93rd in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings, Killeen enjoyed a strong summer that was capped off by a second consecutive appearance in the U.S. Amateur.
Schultz, who placed 68th in the final 2003-04 collegiate rankings, is seeking the second All-America honors of his career. He has been a first-team all-conference selection each of his previous two years in Fort Worth. A pair of second-place finishes highlighted Schultz's offseason schedule.
Earlier this month, Beckstrom was named to Golf World's list of "50 Players to Watch" during the upcoming college golf season. A first-team all-league pick in 2004, he finished the year rated 69th in the nation after an outstanding sophomore campaign. He picked up his first collegiate tournament title last year at The Prestige at PGA West.
Pigg, who hails from Plano, has appeared in five tournaments in his first two years at TCU and will be making his third trip to The Ridges. Pigg's summer included a berth in the 2004 U.S. Amateur. Laning, who placed fourth in the qualifier, will make his TCU debut on Saturday. A junior from Little Rock, Ark., Laning was the 2004 Arkansas State Amateur Match Play Champion.
In addition to the five team participants, Corpening, a true freshman from Fort Worth, will compete as an individual. The 2004 graduate of Paschal H.S. was the winner of the Collegiate Players Tour event at the Texas Star Golf Course in Euless during the summer.
"We're looking forward to starting the season," head coach Bill Montigel said. "This is an outstanding tournament and one that we have competed well in over the last four years. We'll see how we stack up against some of the best teams in the country very quickly."
The 15-team field includes: Alabama, Clemson, Duke, East Tennessee State, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Live scoring of the 54-hole event will be available throughout the weekend on www.golfstat.com. Thirty-six holes will be played on Saturday, with the third and final round slated for Sunday.