Oct. 7, 2011
LIVE SCORING (GOLFSTAT.COM)
FORT WORTH—The TCU men’s golf team returns to competition Monday when it begins play at the annual Jack Nicklaus Invitational, hosted by Ohio State at the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
TCU, which will be one of 12 teams in the tournament field, will participate in a practice round Sunday prior to playing two rounds Monday. Competition concludes with the event’s final 18 holes Tuesday. Monday’s action will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. CDT, while the final round commences at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with tee times on hole Nos. 1 and 10.
Muirfield Village Golf Club, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, plays 7,352 yards and features a par score of 72. In addition to the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, the course also plays host to a PGA event each summer in The Memorial Tournament.
Joining the Frogs in the competition will be an extremely challenging national field featuring six squads currently ranked among the top-25 teams in the latest release of the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll: No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 UCLA, No. 7 Texas, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 16 Illinois and No. 25 Ohio State. Three other squads (Kent State, Texas Tech and TCU) are among the “Others Receiving Votes” category in the poll, while LSU, North Carolina and Purdue round out the field.
The Horned Frogs will feature a different lineup from their first two fall tournaments, as junior Eduardo Perez has earned his first appearance in a varsity competition during the past two weeks with strong showings in TCU’s own team qualifying events. The Frogs’ other four regulars remain unchanged in the lineup in senior Johan de Beer, freshman Julien Brun, junior Daniel Jennevret and sophomore Ian Phillips.
Brun and Jennevret hope to continue their strong starts to the season, while de Beer is looking to turn some recent solid play into a streak of his own.
Brun, who was named Mountain West Co-Golfer of the Month last week, won his first collegiate event in TCU’s opener at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y., before tying for third place at The McLaughlin in Farmington, N.Y. Jennevret finished as the runner-up individual in both events and currentlyleads the squad in stroke average (68.50). De Beer, who started slow in TCU’s opener, had a strong showing his last time out at The McLaughlin, matching Brun with a third-place finish.
The JackNicklaus Invitational marks the start of a challenging stretch for TCU, as the squad will next travel to the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational Oct. 25-28 in Windmere, Fla. Isleworth annually ranks as one of the nation’s top collegiate events for either the fall or spring seasons.
Live scoring for the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Invitational will be available at Golfstat.com. A full recap of each day’s competition can be found at GoFrogs.com.