June 25, 2012
2012 BRITISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
FORT WORTH--Strong performances by three Horned Frogs at last week's British Amateur Championship have highlighted a successful early summer schedule for members of the TCU men's golf team. Each of the three Frogs playing in Troon, Scotland, advanced to match play after finishing in the top 64 of stroke play, including rising senior Daniel Jennevret, who earned top medalist honors.
The tournament featured two rounds of stroke play that determined the top-64 players to advance to the match play portion of the week, which consisted of seven rounds. The Championship was played at Royal Troon Golf Club and Glasgow-Galles Links in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Joining Jennevret at the British Amateur were incoming freshman Paul Barjon and rising sophomore Julien Brun.
Jennevret, a native of Sandviken, Sweden, stole the headlines during the final day of stroke play on June 19, firing a final-round score of 65 to finish as the field's top overall medalist. His second-round score broke the amateur course record at historic Royal Troon while giving him a two-stroke victory over runner-up Geoff Drakeford of Australia.
Jennevret entered the week ranked as the No. 574 overall amateur player in the world according to the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings. He finished last spring with his best season yet as a Frog after posting career bests in scoring average (73.24) and top-20 finishes (five).
Following stroke play, Jennevret was eliminated in Round 2 of match play by Spain's Emillio Cuartero.
Barjon continued to show high-level potential as he prepares to enroll at TCU next fall. The native of France earned the No. 13 overall seed in match play after finishing -3 in stroke play. Barjon won a pair of matches to reach the Round of 16 before being eliminated by eventual champion Alan Dunbar of Northern Ireland (1 up).
Barjon's showing at the British Amateur continued an outstanding 2012 season that has seen him place among the top-5 finishers at each of the five stroke-play events in which he has participated. He most recently won the Scottish Open Amateur championship back on June 3, while he also tied for third place in the Lytham Trophy, one of the top annual European amateur events, back in early May.
Brun joined Jennevret and Barjon in match play as the 26th seed after finishing stroke play -1, but he was eliminated in the Round of 64 by England's Toby Tree (2 & 1). Brun's summer is just beginning, as he remains in Scotland this week to compete in the annual Palmer Cup for Team Europe against a squad of American collegians. He also is expected to compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills in mid-August in Denver, Colo.
In addition to the three Frogs playing in Europe, fellow TCU golfer Thomas Mantovanini, a rising sophomore, took top honors last week at an amateur tournament in his home country of Brazil. Mantovanini rallied from a four-stroke deficit entering the final round of the Paraná State Open Championship to force a playoff, where he won on the fourth hole.
Jennevret, Brun, Mantovanini and Barjon will join returning senior Eli Cole in helping to form a strong nucleus for TCU as its enters its first season in the Big 12 Conference next season. Cole sat out the past campaign while rehabbing a leg injury after serving as the Frogs' fourth man during the 2010-11 season.