Golf Digest Ranks TCU Men's Program 16th Nationally
Aug. 15, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas - In Golf Digest's September 2005 issue, the magazine has selected TCU as the 16th-best school in the nation to attend for men's golf. The Horned Frogs are perennially among college golf's top 25, and finished the 2004-05 campaign ranked 11th nationally.
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. Golf performance was 60 percent of the final index, coach/facilities 20 percent, and academics and climate 10 percent each. This marked the first year that Golf Digest has done a ranking of the programs.
In addition to No. 16 TCU, other Mountain West Conference schools to be tabbed to the top 25 list were: UNLV (No. 9), New Mexico (No. 10) and BYU (No. 20). The only conferences to place more schools on the list than the Mountain West were the Pacific-10 Conference (7) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (6).
In 18 years under head coach Bill Montigel, the Horned Frogs have made 16 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regionals and have reached the NCAA Championships 10 times. In addition, TCU has won seven conference championships, including a school all-sport record five straight, 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 All-America.