Feb. 24, 2013
PALM DESERT, Calif.—TCU completed a dominating weekend during Sunday’s final round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, running away with top team honors by 25 strokes at The Classic Club. Sophomore All-American Julien Brun took home the individual title to lead a group of five Horned Frogs in the top 8 on the final leaderboard.
TCU completed a run that saw it lead the field at the end of each day of competition, posting an 8-under par 280 Sunday to boost its final team total to -19. The Frogs were the only team to conclude the event in red figures while finishing well ahead of No. 23 St. Mary’s (+6). TCU, which entered the weekend as the top-rated team in the field at No. 13 in latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings, defeated three top-50 squads in all.
The team title marked the Frogs’ first in a true tournament since the 2010-11 season, when they won the Navy Spring Invitational in Annapolis, Md. The squad opened this past fall season with a win in the Carmel Cup, a four-team, medal-match-play event in Monterey, Calif. TCU has now won 29 total events in head coach Bill Montigel’s 25 seasons.
Frogs filled the top of the leaderboard, headed up by Brun, who carded the low round of the tournament Sunday (67) to dip to -10 overall for the weekend. He finished five strokes ahead of senior teammate Eli Cole, who earned runner-up honors by two strokes over Texas Tech’s Finley Ewing (-3).
Brun’s title marks his second of the season and fifth since the start of his freshman campaign, further boosting his own TCU individual program record for wins in a career. He led the Frogs to their Carmel Cup win earlier this season by taking home top honors at that event.
A native of Antibes, France, Brun posted his eighth sub-70 round of the season Sunday while lowering his scoring average to just 70.20. The mark is currently below that of the single-season TCU mark of 70.58 he set last season when he was runner-up at the NCAA Championship as a freshman.
Cole posted the top finish of his TCU career after firing a 3-under 69 on Sunday. His 5-under par weekend matched the top effort vs. par for a tournament in his career.
Joining Brun and Cole in the final top-8 were TCU’s other three golfers from its team lineup. Senior Daniel Jennevret fired a 2-under 70 to climb into a share of fifth place on the final leaderboard at -1 overall. It marked Jennevret’s sixth career top-5 finish. Senior Pontus Gad and freshman Paul Barjon finished tied for eighth place at even par after both Frogs carded 2-over rounds of 74 Sunday. Gad now has three top-10’s as a Frog, while it marked the first for Barjon.
Freshman Michael Culin, also competing this week but as an individual entry, tied for 69th overall.
TCU takes the next two weeks off from competition before returning to the west coast March 11-12 for the San Diego Classic in San Diego, Calif.
Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
The Classic Club (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Feb. 24, 2013
TEAM STANDINGS (15 teams)
1. TCU – (-19; 277-288-280=845)
2. St. Mary’s – (+6; 284-294-292=870)
3. San Francisco – (+10; 284-295-295=874)
Texas Tech – (+10; 284-292-298=874)
5. Oregon State – (+11; 291-291-293=875)
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (100 competitors)
1. Julien Brun, TCU – (-10; 68-71-67=206)
2. Eli Cole, TCU – (-5; 69-73-69=211)
3. Finley Ewing, Texas Tech – (-3; 70-69-74=213)
4. Jonathan De Los Reyes, St. Mary’s – (-2; 69-70-75=214)
5. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (-1; 70-75-70=215)
Kolton Lapa, Nebraska – (-1; 73-73-69=215)
Nick Sherwood, Oregon State – (73-70-72=215)
t8. Paul Barjon, TCU – (E; 70-72-74=216=216)
t8. Pontus Gad, TCU – (E; 70-72-74=216)
t69. *Michael Culin, TCU – (+17; 75-75-83=233)
* competing as an individual entry