Brun Boosts TCU into Title Hunt in Tucson

Sophomore Julien Brun

March 16, 2013


TUCSON, Ariz.—Sophomore All-American Julien Brun grabbed a three-stroke individual lead heading into the final round of play to help boost TCU into contention for the team title Saturday following Day 1 at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club.

The Horned Frogs will enter the final round just one stroke behind team leader Oklahoma State, which posted a 17-under-par total of 559 in the opening two rounds of play Saturday. TCU sat in a tie for fourth place following a 9-under first round round of 279 before carding the low total in Round 2 of 281 to climb into second place.

Brun posted another outstanding day on the course for the Frogs, recording 10 birdies and an eagle against only one bogey in 36 holes. He opened the morning with a 4-under 68 to grab a share of sixth place after Round 1 and followed with a 7-under round of 65 in the afternoon to move out to a big lead over Oklahoma State’s Ian Davis, who is currently second at -8.

Brun will look for his third individual victory of the season Sunday, which would match the single-season TCU record he set as a freshman last spring.

Senior Daniel Jennevret joined Brun among the top-5 golfers on the individual leaderboard at -4. He matched Brun in a tie for sixth place following the morning round at -4 before carding a par 72 in the afternoon round.

Senior Pontus Gad also sits in red figures at -1, which is currently tied for 19th place with four other golfers. He played par golf in Round 1 before finishing the day with a 1-under 71. Fellow senior Eli Cole and freshman Paul Barjon are among nine golfers tied for 38th at +2.

TCU concludes competition at the National Invitational Tournament on Sunday with the third and final round beginning at 8 a.m. MST. The Frogs will look to notch their second tournament victory of the season, as well as their third National Invitational Tournament title in six years.

Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament
OMNI Tucson National Golf Club (Tucson, Ariz.)
March 16, 2013
Rounds 1 and 2 Results

1. Oklahoma State – (-17; 276-283=559)
2. TCU – (16; 279-281=560)
4. New Mexico – (-11; 277-288=565)
3. San Diego State – (-10; 279-287=566)
5. Arkansas – (-7; 282-287=569)

1. Julien Brun, TCU – (-11; 68-65=133)
2. Ian Davis, Oklahoma State – (-8; 69-67=136)
3. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M – (-7; 67-70=137)
    Thomas Sorensen, Arkansas – (-7; 70-67=137)
5. Daniel Jenenvret, TCU – (-4; 68-72-140)
    John Catlin, New Mexico – (-4; 64-76=140)
    Bryson Dechambeau, SMU – (-4; 71-69=140)
    Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State – (-4; 65-75=140)
t19. Pontus Gad, TCU – (-1; 72-71=143)
t38. Paul Barjon, TCU – (+1; 71-75=146)
t38. Eli Cole, TCU – (+2; 73-73-146)



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