SEC, ACC competition await men’s golf in Ga. tourney

Coming off a quick turnaround following the Inverness Intercollegiate, the No. 17 men’s golf team heads to Rocky Face, Ga., for the Carpet Capital Collegiate tournament.SEC teams such as Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, and ACC teams such as Georgia Tech and Clemson will be part of the field, head coach Bill Montigel said.

Montigel said the condition of the course is what keeps the Horned Frogs coming back to The Farm Golf Club year after year.

“It’s one of the nicest, well-manicured golf courses we’ve played,” Montigel said. “We’ve been to this tournament probably eight or nine times, and every year we go there, it’s just the highlight of the year because it’s in incredible condition.”

The length of the fairways, speed on the greens and height of the roughs factor into the difficulty of the course, sophomore Travis Woolf said. This is the first year for Woolf to compete in this tournament.

The greens at The Farm Golf Club are fast and thus force golfers to refine their shots, Montigel said.

“(Speed) means you better pay attention because you can have a 15-footer, and if you putt it too hard the ball will roll off the green,” Montigel said. “It means that as a golfer, you better have great touch.”

Montigel said this tournament will help break in the young Horned Frogs this season after the departure of two of last seasons’ golfers due to transferring schools. John McLean left for Oklahoma State and Jesse Speirs left for the University of Mississippi.

“This fall, we will be playing a lot of new guys,” said Montigel, “so it’s going to take some time for those guys to get comfortable with college golf.”

In 2006, the team finished 12th in the tournament, and the team’s top individual finisher was former Horned Frog Drew Stoltz, who finished tied for 27th. Alabama will try to defend its title, entering the tournament ranked No. 64 by Golf Digest .

Senior Franklin Corpening finished 30th in last year’s event and is the only senior on this year’s squad. He said he does not feel any extra pressure being the only senior.

“I feel like I’ve been put in leadership positions many times at TCU,” Corpening said. “I’m confident, but we all help and gel with each other. We get along and have standards as a team.