Feb. 5, 2013
LIVE RESULTS (GOLFSTAT.COM)
FORT WORTH—The TCU men’s golf team returns to the links this week in Kona, Hawaii, for its annual appearance at the Amer Ari Invitational. The tournament will feature three rounds played over three days starting Wednesday at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Following a practice round on Tuesday, tournament competition begins at 7:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday with a shotgun start. The following two rounds will be played on Thursday and Friday. TCU will feature the same five-man lineup that finished runner-up last week at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz.: sophomore Julien Brun, senior Daniel Jennevret, senior Eli Cole, freshman Paul Barjon and senior Pontus Gad.
This week’s tournament will be played at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course on the big island of Hawaii. The course, designed by the world-renowned team of former PGA golfer Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, plays 7,074 yards with a par score of 72.
As it does almost every year, the Amer Ari Invitational will feature one of the most challenging fields of any tournament in the nation this season that includes 11 of the nation’s top-50 teams ranked in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rating system. Joining the Horned Frogs, who appeared at No. 16 in the most recent edition of the list, will be: No. 2 Texas, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 USC, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Stanford, No. 24 Auburn, No. 34 Texas Tech and No. 38 UC Davis, as well as No. 55 Arizona State, No. 62 Oregon State, No. 63 Oregon, No. 69 Colorado and No. 98 San Jose State.
In addition the national field, TCU also will get an early look at a sample of the competition at this spring’s Big 12 Championship. Four of the nine conference teams will be in Hawaii this week, including each of the league’s top-4 squads in the national rankings.
The Frogs own a long history of playing in the Amer Ari Invitational, appearing each spring since at least 1996. TCU boasts one champion in the event’s history in Adam Meyer, who took home the individual crown in 2003. The squad finished sixth place out of 20 teams last season with Brun earning a share of 13th place on the individual leaderboard. He fired a 65 on the final day, the low round of the entire tournament.
TCU hopes to build off the strong start to the spring semester it recorded last week in Arizona. The Frogs fell just two strokes shy of toppling No. 5 New Mexico (now ranked No. 3) for their first tournament title of the season. Among the teams the squad defeated was No. 1 Cal, which was undefeated in five tournaments entering the spring.
TCU placed four individuals among the top-21 finishers in Tucson, including Brun (tied for third), Cole (tied for eighth), Gad (tie for 11th) and Jennevret (tie for 21st). Gad posted the lowest 54-hole score of his Frog career in his return to the team after sitting out last semester to work on his game. Cole fired an opening-round 67, the low individual round of his career.
TCU’s success in the opening tournament of the spring did wonders for its team ranking, as the squad made the jump from No. 43 to No. 16 according to Golfweek/Sagarin. Individually, three Frogs are now ranked among the nation’s top-150 golfers: Brun (No. 4), Cole (No. 85) and Jennevret (No. 134). The rankings for Brun and Cole are the best to date for their careers.
Following its stay in Hawaii, TCU returns to the mainland to compete at the Prestige at PGA WEST tournament Feb. 18-20 in La Quinta, Calif.