Brun, Barjon Fuel Strong First Round
May 15, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Julien Brun and Paul Barjon turned in rounds of 67 and 68, respectively, to lead the TCU men's golf team to a fifth-place standing following the opening round of the NCAA San Antonio Regional on Friday at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
TCU registered a 2-over 290 to finish the opening 18 holes in a tie with 18th-ranked UCLA for fifth spot, just two strokes behind No. 7 UCF and No. 31 SMU in third position. Each of the top-five squads on the final leaderboard will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 23-28 in Hutchinson, Kan.
Brun sits atop the leaderboard with SMU's Bryson Dechambeau after an opening-round 5-under 67, marking the second-lowest round of his career in NCAA play. Brun worked around his lone bogey on the par-3 third hole with four birdies to sit at 3-under after the front nine, and collected birdies on the 13th and 18th holes to jump into the lead.
The Antibes, France, native has posted par or better in seven of his last eight rounds while his stroke average for the season sits at 70.68, marking the third-lowest mark in TCU history behind his previous seasons.
Barjon turned in perhaps his top performance of the season with a 4-under 68 to sit in a tie for third spot following the tournament's opening 18 holes. Barjon was perfect through the first nine holes with three birdies until his first miscue with a bogey on the par-4 12th. The Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia, native quickly bounced back with one of only three eagles on the afternoon at the par-5, 603-yard 13th, marking his TCU-record ninth of the season.
Barjon followed up with a birdie on the next hole to move to 5-under and take a share of the lead before his second bogey of the day moved him back to 4-under. The sophomore's 68 marks his lowest round in seven-career rounds of NCAA action.
TCU opens second round action at 8:20 a.m., on Friday. For live results, click here.
2014 NCAA Regional Championship
TEAM STANDINGS (13 teams)
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (75 competitors)