TCU among top 20 golf schools for third straight year
Aug. 6, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the third consecutive year, Golf Digest has rated TCU among the top 20 schools in the nation to attend for college golf. TCU, which ranked 17th in this year's poll, was the second-rated university in both the state of Texas and in the Mountain West Conference.
Five criteria formed the basis of the rankings: a college golf team's adjusted scoring average (40 percent of total), player growth while in school (19.5 percent), facilities/coaches (14.5 percent), academics (14 percent) and climate (12 percent). The Horned Frog program had an overall rating of 86.54 over the five categories, while national champion Stanford placed first at 88.93.
Golf Digest's "golf first" category was based on where the best junior players, those who hope to play professionally after college, should attend. The schools chosen provide the best facilities and competition, and are training grounds for future tour pros. This marked the third year that Golf Digest has done a ranking of the programs.
The only conferences in the country to have more top-25 schools than the Mountain West, which featured No. 12 San Diego State, No. 17 TCU and No. 22 BYU, were the Pacific-10 (5) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (4).
In 20 years under head coach Bill Montigel, the Horned Frogs have made 18 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regionals and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times.
In addition, TCU has won seven conference championships and Montigel has been named league coach of the year on six occasions. Since the 2000-01 season, the Frogs have won an impressive 11 team tournament titles and have had five different golfers named to All-America teams.