TCU Men’s Golf to open season with trip to Japan

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    The TCU men’s golf team will begin its season by traveling to Tanagura, Japan in September to compete in the Topy Cup Golf Championship, an annual golf tournament between teams from the United States and Japan.

    Due to TCU's success in the 2012-2013 season, head coach Bill Montigel knew they were a top selection for the tournament. This year will mark TCU’s third appearance in the Topy Cup and its first international event since 1997.

    The tournament will feature 54 holes with five student-athletes representing each team, according to the tournament website.

    Montigel is basing his travel squad for the Topy Cup on the R&A World Amateur Rankings. He said he will take the top 5 Frogs from the final rankings release before lineups are due on July 25.

    As of this week, the squad would include returning Frogs Julien Brun (No. 5), Paul Barjon (No. 100) and Thomas Mantovanini (No. 1,734), as well as incoming first-years Giulio Castagnara (No. 424) and Chelso Barrett (No. 1,256).

    In 1991, Chad Magee, the first All-American to play under Monitgel, won the individual crown as a senior during TCU’s first overseas visit.

    “It was a great experience for the team and one I knew I would want to do again,” Montigel said.

    Montigel said the experience to play in Japan is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    “My hope is that the team will have the opportunity to compete while learning the culture of another country,” Montigel said.

    The schools competing in this year’s men's tournament are the University of Washington, the University of Alabama Birmingham, the University of North Carolina Charlotte and TCU.

    The invitation tournament takes place from September 7-14 at the Tanagura Country Club in Japan, located 100 miles north of Tokyo.