Frogs Look to Defend Crown at Mountain West Conference Championships
May 5, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's golf program will look to claim back-to-back Mountain West Conference championships as the Horned Frogs will hit the links at the Tucson National Golf Resort in Tucson, Ariz., beginning on Thursday.
The Frogs have captured back-to-back tournament championships at the Tucson National Golf Resort as they won the National Invitational Tournament in March as well as the Mountain West Conference championship last May. Over the last five trips to the Tucson National Golf Resort, the Frogs have come away with five top-three showings, including three tournament titles.
The Frogs - who will enter the Mountain West Conference Championships ranked 19th in the country according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings - will be one of five top-50 programs in the field, including UNLV (17th), San Diego State (25th), Colorado State (34th) and New Mexico (45th).
"The conference tournament is the one tournament of the season that every school in the country prepares for the most," said head men's golf coach Bill Montigel. "We have played really well at this course over our last few trips, and I'm confident with the lineup that we are putting out there."
The Frogs will head into the Mountain West Conference Championships with senior Travis Woolf, junior Tom Hoge, sophomore Johan de Beer and freshmen Daniel Jennevret and Pontus Gad. Woolf, Hoge and de Beer were all a part of the last TCU conference championship squad a season ago.
"This has been our most consistent lineup of the season, and I'm extremely excited and looking forward to seeing what these guys can do. The most important thing is that all five of these guys were in the lineup when we won the last time on this course so there is a level of familiarity and confidence heading into this weekend," said Montigel.
In his second season, de Beer has been one of the Frogs' most consistent golfers as the TCU sophomore has recorded five top-25 showings, including three top-five finishes, in eight tournaments. De Beer is ranked 51st in the country in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and has recorded a 73.83 strokes average.
"Johan has had a lot of success on this golf course during his career, and I'm looking for him to put together three solid rounds for us. He is an important component in our lineup," said Montigel.
Woolf will enter his final Mountain West Conference Championships looking to give the Frogs' back-to-back crowns. The most experienced golfer in the lineup, Woolf has recorded top-20 showings in each of his last two trips to the Tucson National Golf Resort. The TCU senior enters the tournament ranked 61st in the country in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and has recorded a 73.75 strokes average.
"I know that Travis wants to go out on top at the conference championships. He has been a big part of our team for four years, and I know that it's important to him to play well and help us to a conference title," said Montigel.
Hoge has also seen great success at the Tucson National Golf Resort as he finished third overall at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championships and 18th-overall at the National Invitational Tournament in March. The TCU junior will enter the tournament with a 74.97 strokes average to go along with three top-25 showings this season.
"Hoge has also played this golf course really well, and I think that he has a tremendous amount of confidence heading into this weekend. He will be key for us, and I look for him to put together three solid rounds and give us some really low numbers," said Montigel.
Despite being a freshman, Jennevret is familiar with the Tucson National Golf Resort after finishing fifth overall at the National Invitational Tournament in March. The TCU freshmen recorded a 1-under-par score of 215 in his last outing in Tucson and will head into the Mountain West Conference Championships with a 75.44 strokes average.
"Daniel played really, really well the last time we were at this course so I wouldn't expect to see any letdown from him. He has a tremendous amount of talent, and he just needs to play his game in order to be successful," said Montigel.
Gad returns to the lineup after missing the Frogs' last tournament, and the TCU freshman also posted a top-25 showing at the Tucson National Golf Resort in March. A native of Sweden, Gad finished 24th overall at the National Invitational Tournament and will head into the conference tournament with a 75.71 strokes average, including three top-25 finishes.
"Having Pontus back in the lineup will really help us because he is an extremely talented golfer. He was playing really well in his last two tournaments and needed to rest a little bit, but I know that he'll be on top of his game this weekend," said Montigel.
The Mountain West Conference Championships will begin on Thursday with 18 holes to be played on each day. The Frogs will be paired with UNLV and San Diego State in the first round of action at the Tucson National Golf Resort.
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