April 23, 2014
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TRINITY, Texas -
The TCU men's golf team will open competition at the 2014 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship on Friday for the three-day, 72-hole tournament held at Whispering Pines Golf Club.
TCU earned the No. 7 seed for the tournament and will tee off on the 10th hole at 8 a.m., on Friday with No. 8 Kansas and No. 9 Kansas State. The top six seeds, all ranked inside the top 50 nationally, will tee off on the par-72, 5,021-yard course at 8:50 a.m. Friday's opening round will consist of 36 holes followed by rounds of 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday.
TCU will serve as the host institution for the 18th edition of the Big 12 Championship, and Whispering Pines, ranked as the top golf course in Texas, will host the tournament for the fifth time.
The Horned Frogs competed in 10 tournaments during the 2013-14 regular season, posting six top-10 finishes and four top-five showings. TCU placed fourth at last year's Big 12 Championship, as three Frogs secured top-10 finishes.
Filling out the lineup card for the Frogs this weekend is juniors Julien Brun and Sarosh Adi, sophomore Paul Barjon and freshmen Chelso Barrett and Giulio Castagnara.
The competition is open to the public. Fans can receive live scoring updates by following @TCUMensGolf on Twitter or by visiting Golfstat.com.
Has finished in top 10 in both previous conference tournaments (2nd, 7th).
Currently ranked as high as No. 10 nationally by Scratch Players world amateur ranking.
Claimed his school-record seventh-career title at the Desert Intercollegiate on Feb. 23.
Has finished in the top 12 in nine of 11 tournaments this season.
Has earned a 70.97 stroke average in 10 tournaments this season and is averaging a 70.45 in the final round this season.
Lone two-time First-Team All-American (PING) in program history.
Carded second-lowest round of the season for the Frogs with a 66 in the opening round in Hawaii.
Earned first-career top-10 finishes in back-to-back tournaments on Feb. 8 and Feb. 23.
Currently has a 73.83 stroke average in his first 10 collegiate tournaments.
Has fired four sub-70 rounds, all coming this spring.
Competed in nine USGA events prior to beginning his collegiate career, including a runner-up finish to PGA standout Jordan Spieth at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Has registered a 73.14 stroke average in seven tournaments in the spring compared to 75.33 stroke average during the fall.
Fired season lows for a round (67) and 54-hole total (214) at The Goodwin in Stanford, Calif.
Has recorded three sub-70 rounds in last four tournaments.
Carded a final-round 71 to earn fifth-place finish at Crooked Stick during the fall season.
Posted back-to-back rounds of 66 to claim first tournament win at Stanford as a freshman.
Posted first-career top-10 finish (8th) in TCU's last action at Wofford Invitational.
Recorded career-best 54-hole total of 210, including second-career sub-70 round of 68.
Previous best finish was a 29th-place showing in collegiate debut at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.
Carded a then-season low 69 at Tucson National Invitational in March.
Has competed in nine of 10 tournaments in his first collegiate season.
Posted second-lowest career totals for a round (71) and 54-hole total (215) at The Goodwin in Stanford, Calif.
Recorded best tournament of his career earlier in Hawaii with rounds of 72, 71 and a career-low 67 for a top-30 finish.
Failed to reach par or better in only three of 54 holes in Hawaii.
Competed in nine of 10 tournaments this season.
Has seen action in 15 collegiate tournaments in his career.