May 8, 2013
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FORT WORTH—Sophomore All-American Julien Brun has become the first TCU student-athlete named as a finalist for The Ben Hogan Award, the top honor in collegiate golf. Brun was included in a group of three finalists announced Wednesday along with Cal’s Michael Kim and Washington’s Chris Williams.
The most prestigious honor in college golf, The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet. The Ben Hogan Award selection committee is made up of 23 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
All three finalists will attend a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 20, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The winner will be crowned at the banquet, which will be streamed live online beginning at 7 p.m. The banquet’s keynote speaker will be Corey Pavin, a two-time Colonial winner, 1995 U.S. Open champion and former U.S. Ryder Cup team captain and player.
The 2013 The Ben Hogan Award recipient will receive an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, as well as earn a grant for its men’s golf scholarship program. Last year, the winner’s university received a $20,000 grant, while the other finalists’ schools each received $10,000 grants.
Brun, a native of Antibes, France, has won three college events this season (Carmel Cup, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and National Invitational Tournament) and currently ranks among the nation’s top-4 golfers in both the Golfstat Cup (No. 3) and Golfweek/Sagarin (No. 4) performance indexes. His current season stroke average of 70.45 is on pace to break the TCU school record that he set last season as a freshman (70.51), and he has placed among the top-10 finishers in eight of 11 events so far this season.
In addition to his collegiate accomplishments in the past year, Brun also has posted numerous international highlights. He became only the sixth amateur ever to win an event on the European Challenge Tour last fall with a victory at the 2012 ALLIANZ Open Toulouse in his home country before fourth individually at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey. Brun also aided a monumental comeback by Team Europe during its victory over the United States to claim the 2012 Palmer Cup in Scotland. He has climbed as high as No. 3 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings and currently sits at No. 4.
Brun becomes only the third international student-athlete to be named a finalist for The Ben Hogan Award since 2008 and the first European finalist since Indiana’s Jorge Campillo in 2009. He joined former Horned Frog Adam Rubinson as the only TCU golfers ever named a semifinalist last season and is the school’s first two-time semifinalist.
Joining Brun at this year’s awards ceremony at Colonial Country Club will be two of the nation’s other accomplished collegiate golfers in Kim and Williams.
Kim is currently the No. 1-ranked player in both the Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat Cup individual rankings. The sophomore, who was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year on Tuesday, has four individual collegiate victories to his credit, winning the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Fresno State Lexus Classic and Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. In 12 college tournaments this season, he has finished no lower than 11th.
Kim also has helped California equal the NCAA single-season team victory record (10). A native of Del Mar, Calif., he will compete on the United States’ 2013 Palmer Cup team. In amateur competition last summer, he reached the match play at the 2012 U.S. Amateur and advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. He also had five top-10 finishes in amateur stroke play events.
Williams is the world’s No.1-ranked amateur in both the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the Scratch Players World Rankings. He was the 2012 recipient of the Mark H. McMormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur to clinch berths into the 2013 U.S. Open and the Open Championship. A product of Moscow, Idaho, he swept the 2012 Western Amateur match play and stroke play titles. He also advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur last summer.
Collegiately, Williams has seven top-10 finishes in 10 events this year, including three runner-up showings. The first-team All-Pac-12 selection boasts a 71.06 season stroke average. Additionally, he helped the United States claim the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships in the fall. He also competed for Team USA in the Palmer Cup and the Copa de las Americas.
The Ben Hogan Award, which has been issued since 1990, revised its selection criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer. Past inners of the honor include: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011) and Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012).
Other notable finalists in past years have included: Bud Cauley (Alabama), Russell Henley (Georgia), Anthony Kim (Oklahoma), Graeme McDowell (UAB), Jordan Spieth (Texas), Michael Thompson (Alabama), Camilo Villegas (Florida) and Nick Watney (Fresno State).
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