TCU Heads to Vegas for Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters

March 7, 2012


LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The TCU men’s golf team continues its spring season this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the annual Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters at Southern Highlands Golf Club.

The tournament will feature a format of 54-hole stroke play Friday through Sunday with the low four scores counted each round for the team total. Team and individual ties will be broken by sudden death playoff and 18-hole rounds will be played each of the three days. The Horned Frogs will start things off with a practice round Thursday morning at Southern Highlands, which is a par-72 course that will play a length of 7,510 yards this week.

TCU will be making in its fourth tournament appearance of the spring. The squad opened the year with a sixth-place finish at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii, prior to tying for fifth place at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago in Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla. The Frogs are currently listed 39th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings.

This Frogs will switch up this weekend’s lineup from the five-man group that played at the John Hayt Collegiate. Freshmen Julien Brun, senior Johan de Beer and juniors Daniel Jennevret and Pontus Gad will be playing for the second-straight tournament, while freshman Thomas Mantovanini will join the team lineup for the first time this spring in Las Vegas after playing his way into the rotation. Mantovanini played as an individual two weeks ago, recording the third-best finish for the Frogs’ seven entries.

Another strong national field awaits the Frogs in Las Vegas. Including TCU, each of the 15 squads competing are ranked among the nation’s top-79 squads: No. 1 Texas, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 California, No. 11 UNLV, No. 12 Stanford, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Duke, No. 24 Oklahoma State, No. 25 Florida, No. 42 Texas Tech, No. 67 Arizona State, No. 79 New Mexico State,

The Frogs will be playing at the Southern Highlands Collegiate for the third straight season. Last spring, TCU finished in a tie for 10th place and was led by Jennevret, who tied for 42nd on the individual leaderboard at 11-over par.

Brun leads TCU into the weekend fresh off being named Mountain West Co-Player of the Month for the second time in his freshman season. The native of Antibes, France, has put together one of the finest seasons ever by a Frog golfer to this point in the year, having tied TCU’s single-season record with two tournament titles and earning a No. 7 overall national ranking. His performance has also rocketed his name up the R&A World Amateur Rankings, where he currently sits at No. 12.

Also playing well as of late is de Beer, who finished second place, only one shot behind Brun, in the John Hayt Collegiate two weeks ago. De Beer is currently ranked No. 137th nationally. Jenenvret gives TCU’s three golfers in the nation’s top-137 at No. 101.

Following this week’s tournament, TCU will continue its spring campaign at next week’s Morris Williams Invitational, March 16-17 in Austin, Texas.