Sophomore Julien Brun enters the spring holding the world's No. 6 amateur ranking.
Jan. 27, 2013
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FORT WORTH--The TCU men's golf team will tee off the 2013 spring season this week at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz. The tournament, which runs Monday through Tuesday, will be played at The Golf Club at Vistoso.
TCU will start things off with a practice round Sunday. The tournament itself will feature an 8 a.m. shotgun start with 36 holes Monday prior to the final 18-hole round Tuesday. Competing for the Horned Frogs will be sophomore Julien Brun, senior Daniel Jennevret, senior Eli Cole, freshman Paul Barjon and senior Pontus Gad.
The Golf Club at Vistoso is an award-winning, Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole course that will play 6,954 yards during the tournament with a par score of 72. This semi-private course was built in 1995 and is nestled between the Tortolita and Santa Catalina Mountains. Vistoso has been given a 4.5 star rating from Golf Digest and has been rated the Best Public Course in Tucson.
A challenging 15-team field featuring four of the nation's top-50 teams in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national team rankings will participate in the Arizona Intercollegiate, including: No. 1 Cal , No. 4 New Mexico, No. 18 Liberty and No. 46 TCU. Also competing will be Arizona, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Central Arkansas, Kennesaw State, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, UC-Riverside, Utah and UTEP.
Among the individuals in the field who are expected to be in the field will be 14 of the nation's top-100 ranked golfers according to Golfweek/Sagarin, including Brun, who owns the No. 6 rating. The others are No. 2 Michael Kim (Cal), No. 17 Max Homa (Cal), No. 22 Brandon Hagy (Cal), No. 23 Jimmy Beck (Kennesaw State), No. 25 Michael Weaver (Cal), No. 29 James Erkenbeck (New Mexico), No. 36 Gavin Green (New Mexico), No. 38 Joel Stalter (Cal), No. 63 Chase Marinell (Liberty), No. 64 Jon Rahm Rodriguez (Arizona State), No. 65 Victor Perez (New Mexico), No. 84 Niklas Lindstrom (Liberty) and No. 87 Benjamin Bauch (New Mexico).
TCU returns to competition following a light fall collegiate schedule that allowed several Frogs to compete in international events. Brun, a 2012 first-team All-American who was the runner-up at the NCAA Championship as a freshman, made the biggest fall headlines by taking top honors at the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole, a professional Challenge Tour event in his home nation of France. Brun (France), Barjon (France) and Jennevret (Sweden) later competed at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey.
TCU did compete in two collegiate tournaments in the fall. The Frogs won the team title, and Brun took the individual crown, at the Carmel Cup in early September in Monterey, Calif. The squad closed out the fall by taking part in the star-studded Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, annually one of the top fall college tournaments held in Windmere, Fla.
Brun leads the Frogs into the spring as one of the top returning individuals in all of college golf. Currently listed as the No. 6 amateur in the world according to the R&A golf rankings, he set numerous individual TCU program records last season, including victories (three) and season stroke average (70.51). Brun is one of only three golfers in school history to be named a first-team All-American.
TCU expects big things for its upcoming season not only because of Brun, but also due to the additional talent that will fill out the lineup each week. Jennevret (No. 130) and Cole (No. 149) give the Frogs two other golfers currently listed among the top-150 student-athletes in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, while Barjon enters his first spring season as a Frog rated No. 77 in the R&A world listing. Gad, who was in TCU's NCAA Regional lineup during both of his first two season on campus, also is back for TCU after taking off the fall semester to work on honing his game.
Following the Arizona Intercollegiate, TCU returns to the links Feb. 6-8 in Kona, Hawaii, when it plays in the annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate at Waikoloa Kings' Course at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
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