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TCU Golf 2020-2021

Discussion in 'Scott & Wes Frog Fan Forum' started by JogginFrog, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. Men's and women's golf is officially on for Fall 2020.

    The TCU women have had their 20-21 schedule posted on GoFrogs.com for a couple of weeks. The men have yet to post a schedule but put up a link on Sunday to qualifying scores for the Colonial Collegiate Invitational. Not much about that event on the web except that West Virginia lists it as being hosted by TCU at Colonial on Sept. 28-29.

    The men have everybody back from last year's young squad, plus three newcomers. Sophomore Jacob Skov Olesen (not to be confused with fellow Dane and 5-time European Tour winner Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen) was the juco player of the year last season at Ranger College. Brandon Massey is a true frosh from FW Arlington Heights, and Spencer Ball is a super-senior transfer from Mercer. Expect Olesen and Ball to both compete for playing time out of the gate; Olesen is tied atop the qualifying leaderboard with Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira.

    The women are set to play four fall events, all in Texas and Oklahoma. They begin with the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Sept. 27-28. They have five spring tournaments scheduled ahead of the Big 12 tournament, including Napa, San Diego and Scottsdale. Nothing this year in Mexico or Puerto Rico, as in the past.

    The women look to be very solid this year, returning everyone (including super-senior Greta Bruner) and adding highly rate frosh Lois Lau, along with Sabrina Nguyen. Expect Lau, Iqbal, King and Park to be starters, with healthy competition for the fifth slot.

    Will be interesting to see the level of competition--of the top teams when play was suspended last season, 11 of the top 20 teams on the men's side and 8 of the top 11 on the women's side are in conferences that have cancelled fall sports (PAC, ACC, B1G, MAC, MWC, WCC).

    To make up for the loss, the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfstat have conspired to host the GCAA Amateur series for college golfers at affected schools. Two 54-hole events are already in the books and two more take place this week, with co-ed fields of 60-84 players. Men and women are paired together and appear on the same leaderboard, but play from different tees. Gender-specific results are recognized for ranking purposes by the World Amateur Golf Rankings. I guess that will also allow Golfstat to process individual player rankings but not team rankings.
     
  2. #2 JogginFrog, Sep 10, 2020
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2020
    TCU men finally post a fall schedule--probably has nothing to do with my shaming them on KF.c earlier this week (above), but I'm going to take credit for it anyway. The Colonial tournament at the end of the month will feature only Big 12 teams and will be an unusual six-to-count-four format. Results will be used to seed the Big 12 Match Play event, to be played the following weekend at Houston Oaks.

    Third (last?) fall event will be the Maridoe Invitational, beginning Oct. 18.

    In qualifying, Jacob Olesen leads Mateo F de O by 4 shots through two rounds. Three others are 3-4 shots further back. One player whose second-round score is listed as "incomplete" is senior Thomas Allkins. Allkins, who led the Frogs in scoring average last season, was absent from multiple events last spring without any online commentary on his social media or TCU's. I half expected to see him transfer and was glad to see him back on the roster. Anyone know anything about Allkins' absence from the lineup last spring?
     
  3. Tom Hoge is T7 at 6-under par through one round at the Safeway Open in Napa. He missed the cut at this event last year but had a top-20 finish in 2018.
     
  4. He's 65+?
     
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  6. #7 JogginFrog, Sep 11, 2020
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    Women also posting their qualifying scores online:
    https://birdiefire.com/tournament/team/185/q-leaderboard/64661//

    If Greta Bruner is back in form, Frogs could be very good.

    Update: After 3 rounds of qualifying, scores are:
    E Bruner
    +3 Iqbal
    +5 Park
    +5 Do
    +7 Pacheco
    +8 Lau
    2 others

    Tournament has been a 5-to-count-4 format in the past; if so again, only qualifying rounds are used, Pacheco edges newcomer Lau on the final hole to qualify.
     
  7. #9 JogginFrog, Sep 13, 2020
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2020
    Barjon finishes T7. Meanwhile Hoge is -15 through 10 holes and is within a couple of strokes of the lead in Napa. But it's quite the horserace; 26 guys within 3 of the lead a moment ago.

    Edit: Ouch--Hoge misses two 3-footers and a 6-footer on the last 6 holes; difference between a T9 and T29 finish.
     
  8. Tom lost some serious dough with that putter.
     
  9. #11 JogginFrog, Sep 17, 2020
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2020
    Paul Barjon now on the course at Winged Foot. The nice thing about having the last tee time of the day at the U.S. Open is that you're in the top 30 as soon as you tee off. Paul birdied the first hole and has 11 feet for birdie at the second. Miles to go, but for now, he's T15.
    https://www.usopen.com/scoring.html

    Edit: I misread the Cisco tracker, as his second shot traveled only 8 yards, but Cisco also missed a shot. Now corrected; Barjon with a double at the second. Welcome to Winged Foot.
     
  10. #12 JogginFrog, Sep 17, 2020
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2020
    As a member of the last group on the course, Barjon (now +4) likely to get airtime at https://www.usopen.com/watch/live.html (featured holes) in the next 15 minutes.

    Edit: Indignity! Feature hole coverage at 17 ends with the next-to-last group.
    Edit 2: Actually that wasn't a slight. First-round play was suspended for darkness with Barjon on the tee at 17.
     
  11. Barjon shoots a fine 71 in round 2, including a birdie at his final hole that followed a 389-yard drive. He misses the cut by 2 shots, but will go home able to say that he bested the following players in a U.S. Open: Woods, Mickelson, Spieth, Rose, Garcia, and about 45 others.
     
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  12. TCU men and women both kick off their fall slates in the next few days--the women at Belmar Golf Club in Norman (Sunday-Monday), the men at Colonial (Monday-Tuesday). Lineups have been posted on GolfStat:
    Women: Bruner, Pacheco, Iqbal, Park, Lau
    Men: Laussot, Fernandez de Oliveira, Frimodt, Ball, Berzina, Oleson​

    Pleasant surprises in qualifying included Oleson, who was an eye-popping -14 through five qualifying rounds, and Bruner, who appears to have re-discovered her game.

    Minor disappointments were Trinity King, who didn't show the consistency that marked her freshman season, and Thomas Allkins, who only posted one full round during qualifying--maybe due to illness or injury? Frogs could have used him in the expanded 6-to-count-5 format; TCU doesn't appear as deep as most of its Big-12 competition.

    Stepping up to the opportunity on the women's side is freshman Lois Lau; on the men's side is grad transfer Spencer Ball and sophomore Chris Berzina.

    Scoring links here for women and men. Good luck to both squads!
     
  13. The good news is that the TCU women tied for second in the Sooner Schooner. The bad news is that they finished 31 shots behind Baylor. Yeeb. Frogs tie with Oklahoma despite giving up 20 shots to the Sooners on par 5s.

    Jennie Park finishes T6 for the Frogs, while Sabrina Iqbal was T12 sandwiching a 66 between two 75s. Lois Lau also finished T12 in her college debut. She'll be good.

    Men began hot at Colonial, shooting +2 in the a.m. round to sit 2nd before falling to 7th in the afternoon round. Final round tomorrow. Newcomer Jacob Skov Oleson is two shots off the individual lead at +1.

    A strange thing about competitive golf during Covid--team members all play in the same group instead of being paired with members of competing teams. As a result, players know exactly what their team score is at all times.
     
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  15. Congrats to Aymeric Laussot on finishing in the top 10 after a stellar 66 today (his career best), and to Spencer Ball on finishing in the top 20 in his TCU debut.

    Men tee it up against the same competition on Friday in the Big 12 match play. Seeding is based on this event, so Frogs will be the 4th, 5th or 6th seed--5th if tie-break is based on the total of all 6 scores. If so, their side of the bracket should include UT, Tech, OSU & WVU.
     
  16. Frogs nip WVU 3-2-1. Chris Berzina hangs on for a 2-up win in the decider. Berzina the only Frog to win both of his matches today. Gustav Frimodt went 1-0-1.
     
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