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William Wilkerson | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | May 3, 2018

TCU gears up for regionals for 29th straight year

  The Horned Frogs have advanced to to the NCAA Championship six of the last nine seasons.

Bill Montigel has been TCU's men's golf coach for 31 seasons.

He's led the Horned Frogs to the postseason in each of the last 29.

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That includes this season as TCU will participate in postseason play when it tees off at the NCAA Regional in Stockton, Calif. on May 14.

The Horned Frogs earned a 6-seed in the 13-team regional hosted by Pacific. LSU is the top seed in the regional, which is a 54-hole tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park from May 14-16.

"I'm really happy with what we've been able to accomplish this season," Montigel said in a press release. "The kids have worked hard all year long for the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships.

The Frogs are one of only three NCAA Division I teams to earn a regional bid each of the last 29 years under the same head coach. Only 15 programs have that long of a streak with multiple head coaches.

"The streak is more impressive every season not just because it's another year to the total, but because it's becoming harder to make a regional," Montigel said. "Every year, more schools are making a commitment to their golf program."

Last season, TCU finished 11th at the NCAA Regional in College Grove, Ten..

The Frogs are led by junior Stefano Mazzoli, the No. 30 player in the country according to GolfStat. He was named one of 30 semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus Award on Tuesday, which recognizes the nation's top golfer.

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The top five teams in each of the six regions will advance to the NCAA Championships at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma from May 25-30. 

 

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