The TCU men’s golf team will be in Hawaii on Tuesday to compete in the University of Hawaii Hilo Intercollegiate Tournament in Kona, Hawaii.
Head coach Bill Montigel said the tournament was one of the most prestigious and fielded one of the strongest fields in college golf.
The team just finished qualifying for the tournament and freshman John Antle qualified for his first tournament, Montigel said.
Senior captain Tom Hoge said Hawaii is always one tournament to which the team can look forward.
“We’re all really excited about it. Hopefully we’ll have some success out there,” Hoge said.
The team set goals for each tournament, and Hoge said the team’s goal was to finish in the top five in every tournament the team competes in.
“Hopefully we can play well and contend for a title there,” Hoge said.
Montigel said the team worked hard during offseason.
“In the offseason, every kid wants to qualify and try to go to Hawaii, so I look at that as a big tournament,” Montigel said.
“This is a big tournament in recruiting. All recruits want to go to this tournament. The best teams in the country are there.”
Though the team does not have a practice facility on campus, Montigel said it has some advantages.
“I really think that is one of the strengths of our program is that guys get an opportunity to play in a lot of different golf courses every single day,” Montigel said.
He said that although the team has one of the best schedules in college golf and has a lot of really good tournaments coming up, “there’s a lot of good competition, and I think all the other teams feel the same thing. I think we’ve got some really good players and I think we’re going to do well.”
The team lost Travis Woolf, who graduated last year, but still has high hopes heading to Hawaii.
“I think every tournament we go to we’re going with the idea that we feel like we have a chance to win,” Montigel said.
Montigel said he felt confident in the team’s younger members.
“We have some good young kids that are coming up that are getting better as they get more experience,” he said. “I think they will contribute in a real strong way.”
Senior Tom Hoge said, “The sophomores we have have a lot of experience playing and basically continue where we’ve left off the last few years, and they’ll keep playing well and they’ll have a lot of success in the future.”