Men's golf ties for third place at the Ridges
Oct. 16, 2005
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Senior Drew Laning and freshman Jon McLean paced the TCU men's golf team to a third-place landing at this weekend's Bank of Tennessee at the Ridges Intercollegiate. Both players had career-best efforts to help the Horned Frogs place among the annual tournament's top three for the sixth consecutive year.
No. 21 TCU had a three-round sum of 871 (+7) to finish 12 strokes behind tournament champion South Carolina. No. 25 Auburn had a runner-up finish with an 867, while host school East Tennessee State joined the Frogs in third place among the 15 teams. Nine of the 15 schools were ranked in the nation's top 35 according to the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll.
Laning placed tied for fifth among the 78 competitors after a final-round 75. Laning, who hails from Little Rock, Ark., completed the event with a 1-under 215. In the process, he became TCU's top finisher for the third consecutive tournament. His previous best career finish was a tie for 19th at the Inverness Intercollegiate in September.
McLean managed a tie for 10th place with a 54-hole total of 217 (+1). He had a 74 in the final round, his only over-par effort of the event. The highly-touted recruit had not placed among the top 20 in either of his previous collegiate appearances.
A pair of Frogs wound up sharing 26th place, as junior Drew Stoltz and James Sacheck had 222s. Sacheck owned the Frogs' best team score of the final round with a 72, while Stoltz carded a 73. Both were season-best placements for the TCU pair, who are the only members of the team who played in last year's conference tournament and NCAA Regionals.
Sophomore Franklin Corpening was just one stroke and five spots behind Stoltz and Sacheck. The Fort Worth Paschal product had a 77 on Sunday to complete the tournament with a 223 (+7). Jesse Speirs, a freshman making his collegiate debut, fired a 2-under 70 playing as a non-affiliated individual. The Bangor, Maine, player leaped from 67th place into a tie for 35th on the final day.
TCU wraps up its fall schedule at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rock Face, Ga., Nov. 4-6. The tournament will be played at The Farm Golf Club. Live scoring will be available on www.golfstat.com.
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