TCU head coach Bill Montigel
Nov. 15, 2012
FORT WORTH – TCU men’s golf head coach Bill Montigel has signed two student-athletes to early National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2013, as Chelso Barrett (Keene, N.H.) and Giulio Castagnara (Pordenone, Italy) will join the squad next fall.
Both additions to Montigel’s squad are highly regarded golfers, Barrett on the U.S. junior scene and Castagnara in the realm of international golf.
Montigel’s first commit to the class, Barrett has been rated as high as No. 8 in the Class of 2013 by Golfweek. A product of Keene High School in Keene, N.H., he jumped onto the national radar at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, where he was the runner-up finisher as a 16-year old at Gold Mountain Golf Cub in Bremerton,Wash. He finished seventh in the stroke play portion of the tournament before recording five straight match-play victories to reach the final.
In addition to his impressive showing at the U.S. Junior Am, Barrett has competed in several other top national events, including the U.S. Amateur Public Links, Junior PGA Championship and the U.S. Amateur. He earned fifth place at the Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Fla., this past summer, in addition to winning the 2012 New Hampshire junior state title. He has dominated the New Hampshire prep golf stage during his high school career, winning three consecutive state Division I crowns with an opportunity for a fourth this season.
Barrett is Montigel's second major recruit from the New England area in his tenure has head coach, as former Frog All-American and current PGA Tour standout J.J. Henry joined TCU from Connecticut in back in 1993.
“Chelso will be an important addition to our team,” Montigel said. “There were several other top national programs who recruited him, but he picked TCU very early in the process and never wavered on his decision. He first caught my attention with his early success on the U.S. junior circuit, and I’ve become more impressed with him over time not only because of his game but because of his high character.”
Similar to Barrett in the world of U.S. golf, Castagnara has enjoyed a great amount of early success internationally. He currently ranks as the world’s No. 237 amateur golfer according to the R&A World Golf Rankings system and is No. 79 among Europeans and No. 2 in Italy. A member of the Italian National Team program since 2009, Castagnara has experienced a strong 2012 campaign led by a semifinals appearance at the French International Boys Championship and a fourth-place finish at the Gauteng North Open in South Africa. Closer to home, he finished eighth at the 2012 Italian Junior Stroke Play Championship.
Castagnara has competed in many of Europe’s top junior events the last couple years, including the St. Andrews Links Trophy and British Amateur. He was selected to represent Italy in the European Nations Cup in 2012 and the European Boys Team Championship in both 2010 and 2011. He finished fourth place at the 2011 English Under-18 Amateur and runner the same season at the Italian Boyce Match Play. One of his first major junior moments was winning the Italian Under-16 MathPlay title in 2009.
“Giulio has played all over the world in all types of conditions, and he’s played extremely well,” Montigel said. “He’s obviously been on the biggest of stages in his short career, and I think all of those things will translate very well to college golf in the U.S. He also is just as interested in TCU for the educational opportunity as for golf, so I think he’s a prefect fit for our program.”
The additions of Barrett and Castagnara are expected to be a boost for a young TCU golf team that will lose only two seniors off this year’s squad in Eli Cole and Daniel Jennevret.