New thread for a new year. TCU men part of an 8-team field for the Carmel Cup to kick off the season in style at Pebble Beach. Through two rounds, the Frogs are 5th, which is a pretty good showing, considering... a. The field is stacked with 3 teams in last season's top 5, plus two other top-20 teams from last year; b. The tournament is a 6-to-count-5 format, testing a team's depth; and c. The Frogs are missing last year's top scorer, Stefano Mazzoli, who is representing Italy in this week's World Amateur in Dublin. With a senior-laden team, I was interested to see where talented freshman Alejandro Aguilera would be slotted in the TCU lineup. Encouraging and perhaps surprising to see him playing in the #1 slot from the get-go. He struggled in round one but showed his potential to go low with a 67 in round two, including an eagle on Pebble's seaside par-four 10th. Frogs have potential to be a top-25 team this year. But they are seeing first hand this week what it takes to be elite. Oklahoma is lapping the field at -44; their #4, 5 & 6 players shot 65-66-66 yesterday. The Sooners could be giving defending national champion Oklahoma State a shot a side, per player, and still be ahead. That's going crazy low. Georgia, not a top-50 team last year, is a surprising second.