Julien Brun finished as TCU's low man for the ninth time this season.
May 18, 2013
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PULLMAN, Wash.—TCU finished off the weekend strong Saturday, climbing into second place at the NCAA Pullman Regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club to claim a spot in the 2013 NCAA Championship. The Frogs earned their fourth NCAA berth in the last five years.
TCU matched tournament champion Cal for the top round of the day with an 8-under par 280 to move to -23 overall for the weekend, one stroke ahead of third-place St. Mary’s (-22). The Frogs are set to compete at the NCAA Championships for the 14th time in head coach Bill Montigel’s 26-year tenure and the 17th time overall in the program’s history.
Top-ranked Cal (-43) took home top team honors, while USC (-20) and Ball State (-8) also finished among the top-5 squads to advance to the national championship, which will be held May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. Ball State defeated San Diego State in a one-hole playoff after the two squads finished regulation play tied.
TCU received a big final-round boost from sophomore Ben Hogan Award finalist Julian Brun, who carded the low individual round of the day with a 5-under 67 to soar into a tie for sixth place on the final leaderboard. Brun, who fired rounds of 70 and 72 to open the weekend, posted his 15th sub-70 round of the season thanks to five birdies in the final 13 holes. The rally helped him earn his ninth top-10 finish in 12 events this season after entering the final day tied for 29th. He finished two strokes in front of the other Hogan finalist in the field, Cal’s Michael Kim (-5), who tied for 11th place.
Senior Daniel Jennevret, TCU’s individual leader entering the final round, joined Brun in the top-10 in a tie for ninth place at -6 overall. He fired a 1-under 71 Saturday and finished in red figures in each of his three rounds on the weekend after opening the event with rounds of 70 and 69. Jennevret earned his fifth top-10 result of the season.
Freshman Paul Barjon placed just outside the top 10, earning a share of 11th place (-5) in his first tournament since returning from a hand injury that kept him out the Big 12 Championship. Barjon shot a 2-under 70 Saturday following opening rounds of 69 and 72.
Senior Eli Cole shook off a rough second day, rounding out TCU’s final-round scoring with an even-par 72 to finish in a tie for 41st overall (+1). Fellow senior Pontus Gad dropped into a share of 30th place (-1) with a 3-over 75 on Saturday.
TCU will now take the next 10 days off from competition as it prepares for the NCAA Championship. The Frogs will aim for a top-8 finish in the 54-hole stroke play section to move to the match play portion of the championship for the first time in school history.
Before heading to Georgia, Brun will take part in the presentation of the Ben Hogan Award on Monday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Joining Brun among the finalists are Cal’s Kim and Washington’s Chris Williams.
2013 NCAA PULLMAN REGIONAL
Palouse Ridge Golf Club (Pullman, Wash.)
May 18, 2013
TEAM LEADERBOARD (14 teams)
1. Cal – (-43; 265-276-280=821)
2. TCU – (-23; 276-285-280=841)
3. St. Mary’s – (-22; 267-290-285=842)
4. USC – (-20; 272-280-292=844)
5. Ball State – (-8; 281-280-292=856)
San Diego State – (-8; 270-293-293=856)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD (75 competitors)
1. Sam Smith, USC – (-14; 62-64-76=202)
Michael Weaver, Cal – (-14; 65-67-70=202)
3. Joel Statler, Cal – (-10; 65-68-73=206)
4. Mac McClung, St. Mary’s – (-9; 63-72-72=207)
Brandon Hagy, Cal – (-8; 66-73-69=208)
t6. Julien Brun, TCU – (-7; 70-72-67=209)
t9. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (-6; 70-69-71=210)
t11. Paul Barjon, TCU – (-5; 69-72-70=211)
t30. Pontus Gad, TCU – (-1; 68-72-75=215)
t41. Eli Cole, TCU – (+1; 67-76-72=217)