Men’s Golf: Freshman records third top-20 finish

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    The men’s golf team wrapped up its play at the U.S. Collegiate tournament in Georgia Tuesday with a seventh-place finish – and a ranking to be proud of.”I think we’re getting better,” said head coach Bill Montigel. “I think we beat some good teams.”

    The Frogs, with an overall score of 890 (+26), finished ahead of schools like Texas, Tennessee and Florida State. Montigel said not only did the team play well, but the individual athletes did as well.

    “I was really pleased with the way we played today,” Montigel said. “I don’t know this for sure, but I think we had three guys on our team that finished in the top 20. I think we’re coming together.”

    Although only one player actually finished that high – freshman Jon McLean at No. 14 (219) – senior Drew Laning and sophomore Franklin Corpening tied for 21st with a score of 222.

    McLean said this weekend, which was his third top 20 finish of the season, was a result of consistency.

    “I’ve just been doing my normal practice,” McLean said. “I just feel like I’m doing what I’ve been doing – I know I can play well if I can just keep doing it.”

    Although the team’s next tournament is the Mountain West Conference Championships on April 27, Montigel said the next few weeks will focus more on academics than athletics.

    “The only thing we’re really honestly doing is the guys are going to be catching up in the classroom,” Montigel said. “That’s going to be the majority of our focus.”

    Laning, who is one of only two upperclassmen on the roster, said since he is a senior the academic fallout that comes with tournament travel is not as much of a factor.

    “It’s something you have to deal with,” Laning said. “Some of these freshmen are a little behind, but it’s not that big of deal. It’s a burden when you’re done playing, but overall it’s not bad.