TCU Travels to Purdue for Postseason Tune-Up
April 20, 2012
FORT WORTH — The TCU men's golf team makes its final trip of the regular season this weekend when it travels to Lafayette, Ind., to take part in the Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
The Boilermaker Invitational features 54 holes over two days Saturday and Sunday with two rounds being played during the opening day. An 8:45 a.m. EDT shotgun start begins the competition Saturday, while Sunday’s third and final 18 begins at 8:45 a.m. EDT with tee times off holes No. 1 and No. 10.
The Kampen Course is a par-72 course measuring 7,465 yards. The course has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and is ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in the state of Indiana. Among the events that have been played at the course include the 2003 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship and the 2008 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.
TCU, rated No. 34 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings, will again face another challenging field this weekend, as six of the other 17 challengers are listed among the nation’s top 50: No. 21 Kent State, No. 25 Iowa, No. 30 Wichita State, No. 35 Illinois, No. 43 Indiana and No. 48 Purdue. Also competing will be Akron, Bowling Green, Creighton, Drake, Eastern Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Toledo and Wisconsin.
Scoring for this weekend’s tournament will be the typical five-man format with the low four scores in each round counting toward a team’s total. Frogs who have been selected to compete this weekend are senior Johan de Beer, junior Daniel Jennevret, sophomore Johnny Antle and freshmen Sarosh Adi and Greg Holmes. Regulars Julien Brun and Thomas Mantovanini will not compete, as TCU already sits in good shape in terms of earning a possible at-large bid for next month’s NCAA regional.
De Beer, who has climbed to the No. 66 position in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin individual ratings, is one of a handful of golfers ranked among the nation’s top 100 expected to compete this weekend. Joining de Beer are: No. 22 Luke Guthrie (Illinois), No. 38 Barrett Kelpin (Iowa), No. 55 Thomas Pieters (Illinois), No. 76 Taylor Pendrith (Kent State), No. 95 Chase Wright (Indiana) and No. 98 Tyler Duncan (Purdue).
TCU has put together a solid spring season so far and looks to continue its strong play heading into its next event, the Mountain West Championship held May 3-5 in Tucson, Ariz. The Frogs have finished among the top-third on the team leaderboard in each of their last three tournaments and in five of six events overall this spring. De Beer has led the Frogs with four consecutive individual top-15 finishes.