The TCU men’s golf team is looking forward to the Morris Williams Intercollegiate Tournament next week in light of placing fourth among 14 teams at the National Invitational Tuesday.TCU came in below No. 6 University of California at Los Angeles, No. 11 Arizona State, and No. 21 Minnesota.
Bill Montigel, head coach of the men’s golf team, said the team played extremely well against nine of the nationally ranked schools.
The team ended the first round Sunday in sixth place with a one-under-par score of 287. The players moved into the third spot Monday, matching UCLA’s three-under-par.
The team finished Tuesday three-above-par, but ended the tournament with an overall score of one of 863 (one under par), behind UCLA, with a score of 850 (14-under-par.)
Montigel said the team received solid performances from sophomore Franklin Corpening and junior Drew Stoltz.
Corpening tied for seventh place individually with a score of four-under-par and shot all three rounds sub-par. He also shot 12 birdies, including five in the last round.
“This was a huge confidence boost for our team,” Corpening said. “We have the talent and we know we can do well.”
The National Invitational was Corpening’s first tournament this spring due to a back injury that caused him to miss last week’s tournament in Houston.
Drew Stoltz tied for sixteenth with one-under-par and said he had a couple of bad swings throughout the tournament.
“As a team, we’re starting to come together,” Stoltz said, “but I’m going to keep working on my game and improve as the season goes on.”
Freshman Tom Miles tied for 28th and was the only Horned Frog to record no higher than a bogey throughout the three rounds of the tournament.
Senior Drew Laning tied 54th and freshman Jon McLean shared the 71st position.
The team will travel to Austin April 1 to play in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate Tournament April 3-4.