Bill Montigel Golf Camps
One of the most decorated coaches in the history of TCU Athletics, Bill Montigel has served 31 seasons as head men's golf coach and 40 overall as a member of the Horned Frogs family. Since becoming the face of TCU golf, he has provided the blueprint for building one of the nation's top collegiate programs.
Montigel's tenure has been marked by consistency, highlighted by the program's current 28-year streak of NCAA Regional participation. The Frogs are one of only three NCAA Division I teams to earn a regional bid each of the last 28 years under the same head coach along with Clemson and UNLV. Only 15 programs have amassed the same streak with numerous head coaches.
TCU golf's current postseason run is unparalleled in the history of Horned Frogs Athletics. The streak is by far the longest all-time for any of the school's teams and seven years more than their counterparts from the TCU women's golf team, which owned the No. 2 spot with 19 straight regional bids.
TCU has not limited its goals simply to reaching the postseason under Montigel's watch. The program has collected eight conference championships, in addition to appearing in the NCAA Championships 16 times (18 times when including individual bids). The 1997 squad, led by former All-American and current PGA Tour pro J.J. Henry, tied for seventh place for the Frogs' best-ever national finish under Montigel. That success was nearly duplicated in 2009, as a third-place individual effort by Tom Hoge helped boost the squad to ninth place.
Montigel's 2013 TCU squad was as talented as any of his previous groups. Each of the five golfers in the regular lineup finished the season ranked among the nation's top-115 individuals according to Golfweek. The squad climbed as high as No. 6 in the college golf rankings before finishing the year at No. 7.
Several individuals have flourished under Montigel's watchful eye, most notably Julien Brun, who owns a school-record six First-Team All-America selections and also holds program marks in tournament titles (nine) and stroke average (70.44). Overall, Montigel has now coached 15 different players to 25 All-America honors on the links.
Brun posted the top season ever for a TCU golfer as a freshman in 2011-12, shattering nearly every individual Frogs season record, including stroke average (70.51), average score versus par (-1.03), individual victories (three), top-5 finishes (eight), top-10 results (nine), finish percentage (91.3 percent) and rounds at or below par (27; tied Adam Rubinson, 2002-03).
Brun's freshman season saw him collect three victories--more than any previous Frog had earned in an entire career--while becoming only the third first-team All-American in program history. He capped his remarkable campaign by claiming reserve medalist honors at the NCAA Championship. He is the third Frog to place second at the national championship under Montigel's watch, joining Henry (1998) and Adam Rubinson (2003). Tom Hoge claimed third-place honors in 2009, while Andrew Presley finished seventh in 2015.
Brun continued his success into 2012-13. He produced three more individual titles and again broke the program's stroke average record (70.31). He became TCU's first finalist for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award after being a semifinalist as a freshman and finished the year as the first two-time first-team All-American in program history.
Brun finished his junior season in 2013-14 on a tear, claiming three more titles over the final eight tournaments, including the Big 12 Tournament individual title and the NCAA San Antonio Regional crown. Brun earned his first conference title by winning by nine strokes, marking the third-largest margin of victory in league history, while setting a 72-hole Whispering Pines Course record with an 11-under 277.
Prior to Brun's TCU arrival, Henry was the undisputed top golfer in the history of the program. He cemented his TCU legacy in 1998 by becoming the school's first three-time All-American and capping an illustrious career by being named Golfweek/Taylor Made College Player of the Year.
In addition to the national success, TCU's exploits have extended to the conference level, with five players having earned league golfer of the year honors. During one stretch in the early 2000's, Frogs were named Conference USA Golfer of the Year three straight seasons (J.J. Killeen, Adam Meyer and Rubinson). Brun was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year in 2012, joining Colby Beckstrom (2003 C-USA) and Killeen (2002 C-USA) as Frogs to be named a top league freshman.
TCU has made a habit of sending golfers on to professional careers with Montigel at the helm. Henry has made the biggest splash, having been a fixture on the PGA Tour for the last decade. The 2006 season saw Henry finish No. 29 on the Tour's money list, take home the Buick Championship and compete for the United States during both the Ryder Cup and World Cup. Another former pupil, J.J. Killeen earned his Tour card for the first time in 2011 after winning two Nationwide Tour events and finishing the season atop the Tour's money list.
Hoge became TCU's newest addition to the professional ranks in 2011, earning an exemption to his first PGA Tour event, the RBC Canadian Open, with a win at the Players Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The current PGA Tour member made history by becoming the first golfer since the Canadian Tour's inception in 1981 to win a tournament after advancing through the event's qualifying stage.
Other former Montigel pupils who have gone on to experience professional success include Brun, Paul Barjon, Rubinson, Colby Beckstrom, Franklin Corpening, Bret Guetz, Drew Laning, Adam Meyer, James Sacheck, David Shultz, Sal Spallone and Drew Stoltz.
Montigel's rise in the collegiate golf ranks has been well-chronicled from a coach who started out with limited exposure to his particular collegiate sport to becoming one of the nation's most successful coaches. While his approach has proven solid, it was his arrival upon the collegiate golf scene that perhaps raised eyebrows.
Prior to the 1987 campaign, Montigel served eight seasons as an assistant basketball coach and top recruiter at TCU under legendary coach Jim Killingsworth. Several of Montigel's recruiting gems were key performers on the Frogs' back-to-back Southwest Conference championship squads in 1986 and 1987.
One of Montigel's prized recruits was an undersized guard from Hollywood, Calif., named Jamie Dixon, who went on to help lead the Frogs to their back-to-back SWC titles before becoming one of the top minds in all of college basketball. Dixon has since returned to Fort Worth where he was named TCU's head men's basketball coach on March 22, 2016 after 13 very successful seasons at Pittsburgh.
When Killingsworth retired at the end of 1987 season, Montigel's career took a dramatically-altered path. The TCU administration had to look no further than the men's basketball office to find its next men's golf coach. As a graduate student at Oklahoma State, it was his friendship with legendary Cowboys' golf coach and current OSU Athletics Director Mike Holder that truly kindled his interest in golf. Knowing that he could recruit, organize and motivate, Montigel added some of the valuable lessons he learned in basketball and applied them towards building and maintaining a top-ranked golf program.
It took Montigel just three seasons to turn a mediocre program into a contender at the conference, regional and national levels. In his first 14 campaigns, TCU captured nine tournaments, an impressive feat considering the lofty competition. The Frogs took another step forward in the 2000s, capturing 19 team titles in the last 11 seasons. The squad has added 20 individual tournament titles since 2000, compared to only 16 in the previous 20 years combined.
Montigel's ability to develop talent and his teams' ability to perform have certainly not gone unnoticed. His peers have voted him conference coach of the year seven times in his career, including four straight years from 2002 through 2005, TCU's four seasons as a member of Conference USA. The honors have placed Montigel in uncharted territory as he is the only coach in any sport to be named coach of the year in four separate NCAA Division I conferences (SWC, WAC, C-USA and MWC).
In 2002, Montigel was voted into the Horned Frog Classic Hall of Fame and was named TCU Coach of the Year by the Dallas All-Sports Association.
In addition to his coaching duties, Montigel remains active on the national level. He serves as a member of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) with past stints as Chairman of the District VI Selection Committee and on the NCAA Men's Golf Committee.
Montigel and his wife, Margaret, have two children, Kelli and Thomas. Kelli graduated from TCU in 2010, while Thomas is currently the operations coordinator for TCU men's basketball.
With over thirty-five years of working with players of all levels, Dana Bellenger has earned such esteemed recognition as "One of the Top Teachers in the State of Texas" from Golf Digest magazine, and "One of the Top Fifty Teachers in America" from Golf Range magazine. Dana has worked with many current and former players from every major professional tour including the PGA Tour, European Tour, Senior Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Nike Tour, and Asian Tours. A member of Nike Golf's Elite Professional Staff, Dana continues to work with many of today's top professional, amateur, college, and high school players. Dana has been a Special Consultant to the TCU Men's Golf Team for twenty-five years, and has taught at Leonard Golf Links for the last fifteen years.
Adrien Mörk is in his first season as an assistant coach for the TCU men's golf program.
He was selected to be an assistant coach for the international team at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup.
Mörk came to TCU after two years as an assistant coach at UCF.
In 2016-17, the Knights grabbed three team victories and four top-three finishes, highlighted by winning the NCAA College Grove Regional in Tennessee.
That regional victory earned a national seed at the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., where UCF finished in a tie for 14th. Bobby Bai was named the American Athletic Conference's Freshman of the year. Donnie Trosper, Manuel Elvira and Bobby Bai were each named to The American's all-conference team. Kyler Tate earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Prior to joining the Knights, he served as Coach of the French Golf Federation. He served as the Team Advisor at the 2015 European Team Championship in Sweden, where his squad took a fifth-place finish. He also coached for France at the 2015 British Amateur, where a record four French players played in the quarterfinals, with Romain Langasque winning the event. Langasque went on to make the cut at both the British Open and the Masters.
Mörk also coaches LPGA Tour professional Perrine Delacour. He began working with Delacour in preparation for LPGA Tour Q School in 2014, where she earned her card with an 11th-place finsih. Later in the season, Delacour finished fourth at the 2015 LPGA Kingsmill. After some injuries and a surgery, Delacour is back to her full potential finishing in seventh place at the 2017 LPGA Manulife.
As a professional, Mörk was the first player ever to shoot a 59 in any European Tour event, accomplishing that feat in the second round of the 2006 Morocco Classic on the Challenge Tour. With a first round 63, and then 59 for a 122 total, he has the lowest 36-hole score of any PGA Tour event. In 2006, he won another Challenge Tour event in Madrid at the Challenge de Espana. He went on to graduate from the Challenge Tour to the European Tour, with Martin Kaymer, Alex Noren, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Alvaro Quiros to name a few.
Mörk has also won four times on the Alps Tour in Europe. He played on the PGA European Tour, turning in a Top 10 finish at the Russian Open and Top 20 at the Open de France in 2006.
In the amateur ranks, Mörk represented France in the World and European Team Championships. He has been ranked as high as number 2 on the French ranking and was the French High School champion. He played collegiately at McNeese State University, where he was a four-year team MVP, four-year All-Southland Conference player and Louisiana Freshman of the Year in 2001. He advanced to the NCAA Regionals twice as an individual and held a 73.7 stroke average for his collegiate career, graduating with a Business degree in 2004.