TCU Continues Spring Campaign in Georgia
March 29, 2012
FORT WORTH — The TCU men's golf team returns to the links for its fourth tournament in three weeks when it competes in this weekend’s Insperity Augusta State Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
The Insperity ASU Invitational features 54 holes over two days Saturday through Sunday with two rounds being played during the opening day. An 8:30 a.m. EDT shotgun start begins the competition on Saturday, while Sunday’s third and final 18 begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT with tee times off holes No. 1 and No. 10.
Forest Hills Golf Club, established in 1929, is a par-72 course measuring 7,029 yards. The course is famous for the legendary Bobby Jones beginning his famous 1930 Grand Slam of Golf with a win in the Southeastern Open at the site.
TCU continues to travel to challenging destinations, as nine of the 16 teams in the Insperity ASU Invitational field enter the weekend ranked among the nation’s top-50 squads (No. 1 Texas, No. 13 Clemson, No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 27 Baylor, No. 35 TCU, No. 38 Illinois, No. 40 SMU, No. 46 Augusta State and No. 50 Lamar). The tournament will also serve as a preview of sorts for TCU’s future competition in the Big 12 Conference, as three of the top Big 12 schools (Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State) will join the Frogs in attendance. Filling out the field will be Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Houston, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC Aiken and Virginia Tech.
Head coach Bill Montigel will feature a five-man Horned Frog lineup featuring one senior (Johan de Beer), one junior (Daniel Jennevret), one sophomore (Ian Phillips) and two freshmen (Julien Brun and Thomas Mantovanini). Each of the five Frogs participated in last week’s Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif. There will be nine of the nation’s top-50 individuals competing this weekend, as well as 13 of the top-100. Brun (No. 18) and de Beer (No. 92) give TCU two golfers in the top-100.
TCU has continued its steady play this spring, earning a sixth-place finish in the 16-team Barona Collegiate Cup field last weekend. The Frogs have finished among the top-half of the leaderboard in three of four tournaments this spring and appear on track to earn a spot at the NCAA Regional Championships for the 23rd consecutive season. Following this weekend, the squad will have only one more competition tune-up (Boilermaker Invitational; April 21-22; Lafayette, Ind.) before taking part in the Mountain West Championship for the final time May 3-5 in Tucson, Ariz.