TCU Men's Golf Inks Two to NLIs
Nov. 20, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU men's golf head coach Bill Montigel announced the signing of Ryan Maund (Pleasanton, Calif.) and James du Preez (Pretoria, South Africa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.
For the second straight season TCU will welcome both a standout on the U.S. junior scene as well as a top international prospect.
"Adding Ryan and James is great for the program, as each will have a chance to come in and play early if they continue to work hard," Montigel said. "The best thing I can do for my golfers is provide competition for them so that they can continue to improve, and that's what we've done with this class."
Maund will join TCU following an outstanding prep career in Pleasanton, Calif., where he claimed the Northern California High School Boys Individual Championship to highlight a successful 2013 season. Maund eagled the eighth hole of the tournament and followed with birdies at the next two holes without making a bogey as he carded a 68 en route to the title.
Maund, who attends Foothills High School, also posted a runner-up finish at the Pleasanton Open with a final round of 69.
The Contra Costa Times' All-East Bay Golf Team member secured top-15 finishes at both the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship and the USGA Amateur Qualifier and racked up nine total top-10 finishes in 2013 while firing five rounds of sub-70, including a low round of 65.
"Ryan is a good fit for our program and I'm really excited about him," Montigel said. "If he continues to work hard, he'll have a chance to come in and play as a freshman."
Du Preez comes to TCU following a stellar international prep career in South Africa, where he is currently rated No. 33 among all juniors according to the R&A World Golf Rankings and was tabbed as the top under-19 player in South Africa before an injury sidelined him for a portion of 2013.
Du Preez served as captain of the South African Junior team at the All-Africa Junior Team Golf Championship this year, as the squad claimed the title to advance to the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, which is the world's only junior golf championship where national team winners compete.
In Tokyo, the South African squad finished fifth overall as du Preez fired rounds of 69, 71, 75 and 74.
Du Preez enjoyed a strong 2012 campaign, claiming four tournament titles while reaching a playoff at the West Province Amateur with rounds of 70, 70, 65 and 67.
"James is from the same area as former Horned Frog Johan de Beer and he is a kid with a ton of upside that hits the ball a long way," Montigel said. "Like Ryan, if he continues to work hard he has the possibility of also coming in and playing next year as a freshman."
TCU opens the spring season with the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii, on Feb. 5-7, and will compete in six total tournaments in Palm Desert, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., Tucson, Ariz., Stanford, Calif., and Augusta, Ga., prior to the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas.