Brun, TCU Finish Strong at Amer Ari Invitational

Feb. 3, 2012


WAIKOLOA, Hawaii—Freshman Julien Brun helped the TCU men’s golf team finish strong in the final round of the 22nd annual Amer Ari Invitational Friday at Waikoloa Beach Resort, carding a career-best score of 65, tied for the low round of the tournament, to lead the Horned Frogs to sixth place in the team standings.

TCU finished the week on a roll despite a poor opening round that saw the squad sitting in a tie for 14th place among the 20-team field following play on Wednesday. After recording the low team score of Round 2, the Frogs posted an 8-under par score of 280 Friday, the fifth-best total in the field. The squad wrapped up the tournament at -10, in front of three top-15 teams in No. 2 Oregon (+5), No. 10 Washington (-9) and No. 23 Oklahoma State (+1).

Eleven of the nation’s top-50 rated programs competed in the invitational according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings. No. 1 Texas (-30) took the team title, while No. 11 USC (-25), No. 7 Stanford (-20), No. 9 Georgia Tech (-19) and No. 4 UCLA (-18) were the only teams to finish ahead of the Frogs. TCU entered the spring season ranked No. 46.

Brun posted the best day of his brief career as a Horned Frog, firing a 7-under 65 to soar up the individual leaderboard and finish a tie for 13th place. The nation’s No. 13 college golfer according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, he birdied nine holes on the day with only two bogeys. Brun finished his final round in the zone, birdying five of his last six holes.

The 65 for Brun eclipsed the previous career-low round of 67 that he recorded twice in the fall at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate and The McLaughlin. He played the final two rounds at -10 after struggling from the outset with an opening-day 77 (+5) that had dropped him into a tie for 102nd place. Brun has now placed among the top-13 individuals in each of the first five tournaments of his collegiate career.

Senior Johan de Beer joined Brun in the top-third of the leaderboard, firing a 1-over 73 to finish in a tie for 33rd place overall (-2). He recorded three birdies on the day but was hampered by three bogeys, including a double on hole No. 16. Junior Daniel Jennevret posted a par score of 72 in his final round to tie for 43rd place at +1 for the tournament. Sophomore Johnny Antle gave TCU a big lift in Round 3 with a 2-under 70, his career-low round, while finishing tied for 60th place overall (+4).

USC’s Jeffery Kang won a one-hole playoff over Texas’ Jordan Spieth to earn top individual medalist honors after both golfers finished regulation play at -11.

TCU returns to the mainland and will continue its spring schedule Feb. 26-28 at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Verde, Fla.

Waikoloa, Hawaii (Waikoloa Beach Resort)
Feb. 3, 2012
Final Results

1. Texas – (-30; 270-287-277-834)
2. USC – (-25; 276-285-278-839)
3. Stanford – (-20; 282-285-277-844)
4. Georgia Tech – (-19; 278-289-278-845)
5. UCLA – (-18; 275-285-286-846)
6. TCU – (-10; 291-283-280-854)

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (115 competitors)
1. Jeffrey Kang, USC – (-11; 67-69-69-205)
    Jordan Spieth, Texas – (-11; 69-69-67-205)
3. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford – (-9; 67-69-71-207)
4. James White, Georgia Tech – (-8; 70-70-68-208)
    Andrew Yun, Stanford – (-8; 69-74-65-208)
t13. Julien Brun, TCU – (-5; 77-69-65-211)
t33. Johan de Beer, TCU – (-2; 72-69-73-214)
t43. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (+1; 69-76-72-217)
t57. Pontus Gad, TCU – (+3; 74-71-74-219)
t60. Johnny Antle, TCU – (+4; 76-74-70-220)
t82. *Ian Phillips, TCU – (+8; 70-74-80-224)
t103. *Eduardo Perez, TCU – (+14; 76-80-74-230)

* playing as individual (does not count toward team score)