TCU Off to Impressive Start in Hawaii
Feb. 6, 2014
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - All five TCU men's golfers carded rounds at even or under par as the Horned Frogs completed the opening day of the Amer Ari Invitational in second place among the nation's top programs on Thursday at the Waikoloa Kings' Course.
The Horned Frogs fired a 16-under 272 in the opening round, just one stroke off the lead held by third-ranked Oklahoma State.
"I'm really excited about how the entire team played today, especially Chelso and Giulio," head coach Bill Montigel said. "We got off to a great start and our short game was really good, which made for some great saves. Honestly, they all worked extremely hard in the offseason, so I'm not surprised at their performance. Hopefully we can build on this and piece together 54 holes."
Freshman Chelso Barrett carded a career-low 6-under 66 to finish the opening round in third place among 118 competitors. The Keene, N.H., native ended the front nine with back-to-back birdies and would eventually string together six birdies in a span of eight holes en route to recording the lowest round by a Frog this season in a team competition.
Junior Julien Brun put together a consistent round of five birdies with no bogeys to wrap up the first 18 holes in a tie for seventh spot with a 5-under 67, marking the TCU standout's lowest round this season in team tournament action.
Sophomore Paul Barjon carded a 3-under 69 to end the first day in a tie for 20th spot. The Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia, native hit his stride on the back nine with four birdies, including two on the final two holes.
Freshman Giulio Castagnara also registered the lowest round of his college career with a 2-under 70. The Pordenone, Italy, product sat at 3-under through the opening seven holes, and finished strong following bogeys on two of the next three holes with a birdie on the final hole of the day.
Junior Sarosh Adi carded his lowest round of the season with an even-par 72. Adi played a very consistent round after needing seven strokes on the opening par five, posting three birdies against just one bogey on the final 17 holes.
The Frogs will return to action on Friday with 18 holes in the tournament's second round.
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Amer Ari Invitational
TEAM STANDINGS (20 teams)
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (118 competitors)