TCU Concludes Season in NCAA Stroke Play

Julien Brun finished in a tie for 22nd place on the individual leaderboard.

May 30, 2013


MILTON, Ga.—TCU’s season came to an end during the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship on Thursday at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course. The Horned Frogs tied for 19th place on the final team leaderboard.

Only the top-eight squads in the final standings advanced to the match-play competition that will determine this year’s NCAA champion. Among the squads qualifying for match play were Cal (-16), Georgia Tech (-10), Alabama (-7), Texas (-7), Illinois (-5), Arizona State (+2), New Mexico (+2) and UNLV (+2). Texas A&M also finished regulation play tied for the final match play spot at +2 but was eliminated in a team playoff with ASU, UNM and UNLV.

“We’re disappointed that we were unable to qualify for match play, but I’m still very proud of my guys and the way in which they fought back this week,” head coach Bill Montigel said. “This was a tough course this week, but we played well the last two days. If we get off to a little better start, I think we’d still probably be right in the thick of things.

“Our team put together an outstanding season from wire-to-wire. I would definitely classify this as one of the top groups I’ve had in my time as coach.”

TCU’s first-round struggles proved to be too much to overcome, as the squad finished the week at +10 overall, eight strokes out of the final match play position. The group was +14 following an opening day that saw the squad finish last among the 30 teams in the field. The Frogs then rallied to get back in the hunt with an outstanding second round that moved them into the top 15 before losing steam on Thursday.

TCU finished its final round with a 4-over-par 284, a respectable score for an afternoon session that saw only two of 15 teams score in red figures. New Mexico and UNLV, which both earned morning tee times, were among the big gainers in the final round, posting respective team figures of -4 and -8 to jump several teams into the top 8.  Of the seven teams that finished below par Thursday, five played in the morning session.

The final NCAA placing still marked a successful season for the Frogs. The squad has finished higher than 19th at the NCAA Championship in only eight of its previous 16 appearances, and this year’s effort was TCU’s highest position since earning ninth place in 2009.

Sophomore Julien Brun wrapped up his second NCAA Championship appearance just outside the top 20 with a share of 22nd place at -2 overall. He posted an even-par 70 Thursday after matching the low round of Wednesday’s competition with a 64. Brun started to make a late push up the leaderboard Thursday with back-to-back birdies on holes 5 and 6 in the second half of his round, but a bogey on the final hole dropped him back outside the top 20.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, Brun was named a PING First-Team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the second straight season. He is the first Horned Frog to be named to the first team more than once in a career.

Freshman Paul Barjon concluded his first NCAA Championship showing with a strong performance, firing an even-par 70 to climb into a tie for 93rd on the final leaderboard at +6 overall. Barjon experienced an eventful round, carding a team-high four birdies but also making four bogeys.

Three other Horned Frog seniors concluded their college careers with Thursday’s final round in Daniel Jennevret, Eli Cole and Pontus Gad.

Jennevret was the No. 2 Frog on the final leaderboard in a tie for 60th place at +3 overall after going out with a 1-over 71. He suffered a slow start playing the difficult opening nine holes at +4 before rallying with three birdies and no bogeys in the second half of his round.

Gad and Cole both carded 3-over rounds of 73 Thursday to finish among a six-man group tied for 103rd place. Highlighting Cole’s round was an eagle-2 on the par-4 second after he holed out with a pitching wedge from 120 yards. He also birdied the par-5 12th hole. Gad posted his lone birdie of the day on the par-4 11th.

Each of TCU’s three seniors concluded his career with his best season as a Frog. Jennevret (No. 61), Gad (No. 69) and Cole (No. 100) all climbed into sports among the top-100 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings entering the NCAA Championship.

While TCU will be without its three-man senior class next season, it will return both Brun and Barjon, who played the top-2 positions in the team’s lineup for much of the spring. Among those individuals who will vie for the remaining spots in the lineup will be returners Sarosh Adi, Michael Culin and Thomas Mantovanini, as well as incoming freshmen Chelso Barrett and Giulio Castagnara.

The Capital City Club – Crabapple Course (Milton, Ga.)
May 30, 2013
Final Results

1. Cal – (-16; 277-272-275=824)
2. Georgia Tech – (-10; 274-274-282=830)
3. Alabama – (-7; 275-276-282=833)
    Texas – (-7; 279-271-283=833)
5. Illinois – (-5; 276-281-278=835)
6. Arizona State – (+2; 270-288-284=842)
    New Mexico – (+2; 286-274-276=842)
    Texas A&M – (+2; 285-275-282=842)
    UNLV – (+2; 286-284-272=842)
t19. TCU – (+10; 294-272-284=850)

1. Max Homa, Cal – (-9; 70-65-66=201)
2. Daniel Berger, Florida State – (-6; 69-67-68=204)
    Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn – (-6; 71-67-68=204)
    Rick Lamb, Tennessee – (-6; 68-67-69=204)
    Kevin Penner, UNLV – (-6; 69-67-68=204)
    Jon Rahm, Arizona State – (-6; 61-72-71=204)
    Brandon Stone, Texas – (-6; 68-68-68=204)
t22. Julien Brun, TCU – (-2; 74-64-70=208)
t60. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (+3; 72-70-71=213)
t93. Paul Barjon, TCU – (+6; 74-72-70=216)
t103. Eli Cole, TCU – (+7; 76-68-73=217)
t103. Pontus Gad, TCU – (+4; 74-70-73=217)



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