Brun Boosts TCU to Share of Lead in Austin

Sophomore Julien Brun

April 13, 2013


AUSTIN, Texas—Sophomore All-American Julien Brun raced out to a three-shot advantage on the individual leaderboard to help push TCU into a share of the team lead Saturday following the opening two rounds of play at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate held at the University of Texas Golf Course.

The Horned Frogs will enter Sunday’s final round in a three-way tie atop the team leaderboard alongside New Mexico and tournament host Texas at -6 overall. The Frogs held a three-stroke edge following a 3-under-par opening round of 281, the seventh time in eight spring tournaments the squad has held at least a share of the lead after the opening 18 holes. TCU fired another 281 in Round 2 to pad its overall total, but New Mexico, which was -6 in the round, and UT, which went -11, were able to erase the Frogs’ advantage.

Brun continued his brilliant play for TCU on Saturday, building a three-stroke advantage on the field while finishing the day at -8. He opened the morning round with a 6-under 65, which matched both the low round of the day and of his Frog career. He then posted a 2-under 69 in the afternoon session, his 14th sub-70 score in 30 rounds this season.

Brun will look to close out the tournament Sunday with his school-record fourth victory of the season, as well as the seventh of his career. His closest challengers are Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge, who sits at -5 overall, and Texas Tech’s Finley Ewing IV, who is at -4.

Senior Eli Cole joined Brun in boosting TCU’s score into red figures Saturday. He currently owns a share of eight place at -2 following rounds of 71 and 69. Cole is coming off an eighth-place finish two weeks ago at the U.S. Intercollegiate, which was his fifth top-10 effort of the season.

Senior Daniel Jennevret joined the leaderboard’s top-20 in a tie for 18th place at +1 after recording rounds of 73 and 70. Fellow senior Pontus Gad (+3) and sophomore Sarosh Adi (+5) are tied for 32nd and 41st, respectively. Adi is playing for TCU this weekend in place of lineup regular Paul Barjon.

The weekend field in Austin is another challenging one for TCU, which entered the weekend ranked No. 7 nationally according to the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index. Texas (No. 3) and New Mexico (No. 4) both rank ahead of the Frogs, while eight other top-50 squads also make up the field. Including the fourth-rated Brun, nine of the nation’s top-50 golfers are in attendance.

TCU wraps up play at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate Sunday.

Unversity of Texas Golf Course (Austin, Texas)
April 13, 2013
Rounds 1 & 2 Results

1. TCU – (-6; 281-281=562)
    New Mexico – (-6; 284-278=562)
    Texas – (-6; 289-273=562)
4. Texas Tech – (-2; 284-282=566]
5. Oklahoma State – (E; 285-283-568)

1. Julien Brun, TCU – (-8; 65-69=134)
2. Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State – (-5; 70-67=137)
3. Finley Ewing IV, Texas Tech – (-4; 69-69=138)
4. Curtis Donahoe, North Texas – (-3; 70-69-139)
    James Erkenbeck, New Mexico – (-3; 71-68=139)
    Cody Gribble, Texas – (-3; 72-67=139)
    Niklas Lindstrom, Liberty – (-3; 74-65=139)
t8. Eli Cole, TCU – (-2; 71-69=140)
t18. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (+1; 73-70-143)
t32. Pontus Gad, TCU – (+3; 72-73=145)
t41. Sarosh Adi, TCU – (+5; 73-74-147)



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