TCU Remains in Title Hunt at NCAA Central Regional
May 18, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — TCU will enter the final round of the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Championship in a tie for second place, only one shot off the lead, following an even-par second round Friday at the University of Michigan Golf Course. Freshman Julien Brun remains in a tie for the individual lead at -7.
The Horned Frogs, who held an eight-shot lead atop the leaderboard following Round 1, saw the rest of the field catch up Friday, but the squad still remains in good shape to earn a qualification for the NCAA Championship with a seven-shot edge on the sixth-place team, Notre Dame (+1). The top-5 finishers from each of this weekend’s six Regional competitions will advance to nationals, which will be held May 28-June 3 at Riviera Golf Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. In addition to the qualifying teams, the top individual from each site not on an advancing squad will also earn a trip to the national championship.
USC (-7) sprinted past TCU to the top of the team leaderboard Friday, carding the best round of the tournament thus far with a 12-under par score of 272. The Frogs (-6) sit in a three-way tie for second place with Oregon and Kent State, while Virginia currently occupies fifth place at even par.
Freshman Julien Brun continues to lead the individual field after owning a share of the top spot following Thursday’s opening round. He fired a 3-under-par 68 Friday and sits in a tie for first alongside North Carolina State’s Albin Choi at -7. The score marked Brun’s ninth consecutive round shooting below par, a streak that dates back nearly two months to the second round of the Barona Collegiate Cup (March 22). The Antibes, France, native will attempt to make it 4-for-4 in winning individual titles this season when holding at least a share of the lead entering the final round.
Joining Brun in the top 10 is another TCU freshman in Thomas Mantovanini, who continued to surprise this weekend with his second-straight round in red figures. He posted a 2-under 69 Friday, his first sub-70 competition round as a Frog, and currently sits in a tie for ninth place (-3). A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mantovanini compiled six more birdies in Round 2 to run his tournament total to 13 through 36 holes. A solid final day will finish off what has easily been the top performance of his freshman season so far.
Junior Daniel Jennevret enters the final round in a tie for 24th place after firing a 2-over 73 to fall to +1 for the week, while senior Johan de Beer completed the TCU scoring with a 3-over 74 to drop into a share of 30th (+3). Also competing was sophomore Ian Phillips, who is tied for 63rd place (+11).
TCU is looking to advance to the NCAA Championship for the third time in the last four years. Last season’s squad fell just one stroke short of forcing a playoff at the NCAA West Regional for a chance to make it back to the event for a third consecutive season. The Frogs entered this year’s tournament as the No. 8 seed, as six of the nation’s top-30 teams according to Golfweek are competing in Ann Arbor.
Competition from the U-M Golf Course continues Friday with the final round of the NCAA Central Regional. First groups are scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
2012 NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Ann Arbor, Mich. (University of Michigan Golf Course)
May 18, 2012
Round 2 Results
1. USC – (-7; 289-272-561)
2. TCU – (-6; 278-284-562)
Kent State – (-6; 286-276-562)
Oregon – (-6; 288-274-562)
5. Virginia – (E; 287-281-568)
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (75 competitors)
1. Julien Brun, TCU – (-7; 67-68-135)
Albin Choi, North Carolina State – (-7; 69-66-135)
3. Ben Kohles, Virginia – (71-65-136)
Daniel Miernicki, Oregon – (71-65-136)
Anthony Paolucci, USC – (-6; 67-69-136)
Patrick Winther, Oklahoma State – (-6; 70-66-136)
t9. Thomas Mantovanini, TCU – (-3; 70-69-139)
t24. Daniel Jennevret, TCU – (+1; 70-73-143)
t30. Johan de Beer, TCU – (+3; 71-74-145)
t63. Ian Phillips, TCU – (+11; 76-77-153)