Men’s golf to compete in 2nd tourney of season

With the U.S. Collegiate Championship Tournament four weeks away, the No. 32 Horned Frogs men’s golf team prepare to head to California on Monday for the second tournament of the spring season.The Horned Frogs will play at the USC Ashworth Intercollegiate Tournament March 5 and March 6, sharing the lynx with the No. 14 BYU Cougars.

Leading the way for the Frogs are freshman Travis Woolf, ranked first in the conference with an average of 68 strokes per tournament, and sophomore Jon McClean, ranked No. 49 in the nation.

Head coach Bill Montigel said the Mountain West Conference is one of the best in the nation. UNLV leads the conference with a No. 7 national rank.

“Both UNLV and BYU have played in two tournaments this spring and finished 1-2 in each,” Montigel said.

Woolf said the team can’t be intimidated by rankings.

“We’ve played against teams like Oklahoma State and Stanford,” Woolf said. “We can compete with BYU.”

Though the team hasn’t played since Feb. 7 in Hawaii, sophomore Jesse Speirs said the team is shaping up to make it to the NCAA tournament.

Woolf’s final-round 64 in Hawaii marked a school record for the team.

Despite the recent windy weather, the team has not withheld practicing, which, Montigel says, can only help it in the long run.

“We played on Saturday, and afterward, I learned they closed the airport,” Montigel said. “It was tough on them, but they’ve just got to smooth out their swings, and they’ll be fine.