TCU men's golf team ready for Monday's season opener
Sept. 7, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU's five-person golf team for the season-opening Cleveland State Invitational has been finalized, head coach Bill Montigel announced today. The Horned Frogs, who finished the 2004-05 season ranked 11th in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, will start a senior, junior, sophomore and two freshmen at the tournament based on their finishes at the team's seven-round qualifier.
"We're ready to get the season started," Montigel said. "We have a young team and we have to replace three very good players in J.J. Killeen, David Schultz and Colby Beckstrom, but the guys are eager to get going. This tournament is a good starting point as we work our way toward the Mountain West Conference Tournament and the NCAA Regionals in May."
Sophomore Franklin Corpening, who won the intrasquad qualifier by six strokes, saw action in six tournaments last year in his first season at TCU. The runner-up at the 2005 Fort Worth Men's City Championship over Labor Day Weekend carried a 76.00 scoring average last year and had one top-20 finish.
Junior Drew Stoltz, who was the second-place finisher at the qualifier, is the most experienced member of the team, having helped the Frogs to the 2005 Conference USA Championships. Stoltz shared medalist honors at the conference tournament and carried a 72.76 stroke average on the year. For his career, he has appeared in 10 collegiate tournaments, placing among the top 20 twice.
Finishing third at the event was true freshman Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio. Miles, who competed in the 2003 and 2004 U.S. Amateurs, rated among the top 50 junior golfers nationally according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings when he signed with the Frogs. In 2003, he was named an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex Honorable Mention All-American.
Senior Drew Laning, who cracked the Frogs' lineup three times last year, placed fourth at the qualifier to earn a tourney roster spot. The native of Little Rock, Ark., was the 2004 Arkansas State Amateur champion. As a collegian, Laning had a career-best 25th-place finish at last year's Ridges Intercollegiate and posted a scoring average of 74.89 over nine rounds.
Another true freshman, Jon McLean, was the eighth-ranked junior golfer in the nation last year and is currently 26th in the men's amateur rankings. In 2004, he earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors from the AJGA and participated on the Canon Cup team. He competed in an outstanding 2005 summer schedule, which was capped off by an appearance in the U.S. Amateur last month.
The Cleveland State Invitational is a 54-hole tournament which will take place next Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 11-12) at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio, the site of the 2006 NCAA Central Regional. The 17 participating teams include: Akron, Cleveland State, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Penn State, Purdue, TCU, Texas Tech, William & Mary, Wisconsin and Xavier.
Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday, while the final 18-hole round will take place on Tuesday. Live scoring of the event will be available on www.golfstat.com.