Brun to Compete at Crowne Plaza Invitational
May 18, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Following his second-straight individual title and ninth of his career, TCU men's golfer Julien Brun will compete as an amateur at the PGA Tour's 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club beginning on Thursday.
After claiming the individual title at the Big 12 Championship in April, where he won by nine strokes and set a Whispering Pines Golf Club 72-hole course record, Brun picked up where he left off at the NCAA San Antonio Regional with a 10-under 206, including back-to-back rounds of 67, for his school-record ninth career title.
As a team, the Horned Frogs just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championship by two strokes, and as the individual champion, Brun chose to forgo playing as an individual at the tournament in order to compete at Colonial.
"Julien is such a team guy, and he was absolutely devastated when we came up short and didn't want to play at the NCAA Championship without his teammates," head coach Bill Montigel said. "Playing at Colonial this week will be a great learning experience and I couldn't be happier for him."
"This should be a great experience for me and a fun week, and I'm really looking forward to it," Brun said. "I'm lucky enough to get to play Colonial often so I know the course well. The difference will be the setup with the stands and the crowds as well as the quickness of the greens. It will be a big adjustment, but I just have to go out there and play my game."
Brun, who earned the exemption after winning the Spirit Invitational in November, will be accompanied by his caddie and former TCU standout Travis Woolf, who played for the Purple and White from 2006 to 2010.
The Antibes, France, native has rewritten the TCU record books in his three years on campus as the lone two-time PING First Team All-America selection while earning the top three stroke averages in program history.
Brun, who has finished in the top 10 in 67 percent of the 39 career tournaments played, has compiled a 70.63 stroke average this season and set a TCU single-season record with 29 rounds of par or better, including 11 of his last 12 rounds.