After coming off of a 10th-place finish this week at the USC Ashworth Intercollegiate, the men’s golf team will face two top-10 conference opponents in an upcoming tournament in Austin.The No. 28 Horned Frogs will take on the No. 8 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels and the No. 9 Brigham Young Cougars at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on March 26.
Following the touney in Los Angeles the Frogs are currently in third place in the Mountain West Conference.
BYU finished fifth in the same tournament. Top Cougar players Nick Killpack and Daniel Summerhays placed sixth and 11th, respectively, while TCU had only one player finish in the top 20.
Sophomore Jesse Speirs, who took the highest finish for the Horned Frogs at 15th with an even-par in the final round, said the entire team needs to start placing higher in the tournaments.
Head coach Bill Montigel agreed that for the team to be competitive, all five players need to finish in the top 20.
“That’s why UNLV and BYU are ranked eighth and ninth – they play well,” Montigel said.
The next highest placement came from sophomore Jon McLean, who finished tied for 33rd out of 81 golfers.
But the Horned Frogs still have their sights set on a run at the conference title.
Montigel said BYU and UNLV will be tough, but not insurmountable competition for the conference title.
“They’re awesome,” Montigel said. “For us to beat any one of those teams, we have to play our absolute best.