TCU Men's Golf Team Wins Conference USA Championship
April 24, 2002
NAVARRE, Fla. - Buoyed by the record-breaking play of individual medalist Bret Guetz, TCU claimed the Conference USA men's golf title on Wednesday afternoon. Guetz, who now has won two consecutive tournaments, carried the Horned Frogs to a six-stroke victory in their inaugural year in C-USA. Overall, it was the golf team's second straight league title and their fourth in the last six years.
"It feels great to win the C-USA title," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "It was a great championship, everything was first-class. I'm really excited for the guys, especially our three seniors. To go out winning this championship is special for them. Conference USA is one of the up-and-coming golf conferences in the country. There are a lot of good teams and a lot of parity. I'm excited to be in it."
Guetz established a new tournament record with an 11-under par score of 205, breaking the previous record of 209 by Houston's Andy Sanders in 1999. With the victory, Guetz became just the third TCU player to win at least two individual titles in a single season. He also is the school's first conference champion since J.J. Henry won the Western Athletic Conference in 1998 and is just TCU's third league champ in the last two decades. He shot a one-under 71 in the final round, making it the sixth consecutive round that he fired a sub-par score. Following the event, Guetz was named to both the all-tournament team and the All-Conference USA team.
"I was very happy with the way I played," Guetz said. "I came off a hot week last week and just tried to stay out of my own way and see if I could do it again."
Junior Adam Rubinson, another member of the all-conference team, posted the Frogs' best score of the day on Wednesday to vault into the top 10 individually. His three-under 69 in the final round gave him a 54-hole sum of 215, good for one-under par. Last year, the Fort Worth native was an All-WAC selection.
Senior Andy Doeden claimed his eighth top-20 finish of the year, landing in a tie for 15th place with a score of 217 (+1). He registered an even-par 72 on day three, and earned all-conference recognition for the second time in his career.
Senior Steve Shuert (T-26th, 221) and freshman J.J. Killeen (T-53rd, 231) closed out the TCU scores. Shuert played one-under over the last two days to lift the Frogs. Killeen, who had four top-20 finishes on the year, shared Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors with Louisville's Brett Jones. Montigel was named Coach of the Year by his peers, making it the third time in his distinguished career that he earned that recognition.
It was the third team crown of the season for the nation's seventh-rated Frogs. It also was TCU's fifth conference championship of the 2001-02 school year and marked the first time in C-USA history that a school swept the men's and women's golf titles.
TCU (-6) was the only team to shoot below-par for the tournament, as five-time-defending champion and second-place Houston (864) finished at even-par. The Frogs next will compete in the NCAA Regionals from May 16-18. It is the 13th consecutive year that TCU has qualified to participate in the event.