TCU Golfers Claim Team Title at Sooner Invitational
Sept. 17, 2002
FRISCO, Texas - Led by three individuals who placed among the top six, the TCU men's golf team recorded its first victory of the season at the Sooner Invitational in Frisco, Texas. TCU shot even par during Tuesday's breezy round and ended up with a 25-under total of 839 to defeat New Mexico and Oklahoma by six strokes.
True freshman Colby Beckstrom, who held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, recorded a two-over-par 74. With a 54-hole sum of 206, he settled into a tie for second place, one stroke behind Oklahoma senior John Kidwell. Following a bogey on the par-4 17th, Beckstrom's birdie putt on 18, which would have tied him for the individual lead, came up just inches short. It was the first top-10 finish of his young career.
"It was great," Beckstrom said of the two-day event. "I had no idea we had won until I got up to the clubhouse. I'm more happy for the team than for myself. I played as hard as I could today. It was tough though. There was a lot more wind and a little bit more pressure. It was a great learning experience for me."
Joining Beckstrom at 10-under was senior Adam Rubinson. The Fort Worth native posted a one-under 71 in the final round to achieve a 54-hole 206. It was Rubinson's third career second-place finish, and first since he took home runner-up honors at the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore David Schultz turned in the Horned Frogs' best round of the day with a 68. Schultz, who made just one bogey on the day, was one of just seven golfers to turn in a card with a score lower than 70. At 207, he landed in a tie for sixth place, just two strokes behind the individual champion.
Sophomore J.J. Killeen netted a 221 (+5) over the two days. He scored a 76 in the final round to wind up in a tie for 32nd place. Junior Stephen Polanski carded a three-over 75 over the final 18 holes, and had a 225.for the tournament, good for a tie for 44th position. Playing as an individual, freshman Drew Pigg scored a 79 in the final round. He ended up with a 225 overall to match Polanski.
"We played three really good rounds of golf," TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. "It was windy out there today and it was tough to score, but our guys held their own. It was great experience for us to play in the final group. It no doubt will help us down the road. I am really proud of this team and am looking forward to the rest of the year."