April 1, 2013
FORT WORTH—TCU freshman Paul Barjon was named Golfweek Player of the Week on Monday following his weekend performance at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif. He became the second Horned Frog to receive the national honor in the last two seasons.
Barjon posted his top individual effort so far as a Frog last weekend, earning a three-shot victory at Stanford Golf Course over a strong field that included two nominees for this year’s Ben Hogan Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top college golfer. He led the tournament wire-to-wire, opening with a pair of 4-under-par rounds of 66 on Thursday and Friday before finishing it off with a Saturday 67. His 11-under total of 199 was good for a three-stroke win over Stanford All-American Patrick Rodgers, one of three finalists for last season’s Ben Hogan Award.
A native of Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia, Barjon is in the midst of his best stretch as a Frog, having posted sub-70 scores in four straight rounds dating back to the final day of the National Invitational Tournament on March 17 in Tucson, Ariz. The recent play has helped him lower his season scoring average to 72.73 and is expected to boost him into a position among the top 150 in the national rankings, which would give TCU five such golfers on the list.
Barjon’s honor marks the third time Golfweek has recognized a Frog in the last two seasons. Sophomore Julien Brun was tabbed twice during his 2012-13 first-team All-America campaign following tournament wins.
TCU takes the next two weeks off from competition before returning to the links April 13 through 14 at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, its final tournament prior to the start of postseason play.