Brun Named to Ben Hogan Award Watch List

Feb. 8, 2012

FORT WORTH—TCU freshman Julien Brun is of 28 student-athletes who have been named to the 2012 watch list for The Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top collegiate golfer. Brun is one of only five freshmen included among the group and the first Horned Frog ever tabbed as a nominee.

The Ben Hogan Award, which has been issued since 1990, honors the most outstanding amateur collegiate golfer competing in NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12 months. The honor is presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, in association with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Brun, rated No. 13 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings, has placed among the top-13 golfers in each of TCU’s five tournaments this season, including top-3 finishes in each of his first three outings. He earned top medalist honors in his very first tournament with a two-shot victory at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate back in early September in Verona, N.Y.

Last week, Brun opened his spring campaign by tying for 13th place at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Featured in his performance was a final-round score of 65 that both tied for the low round of the tournament and marked the top individual round of his career. The native of Antibes, France, is currently listed at No. 17 overall in the RNA World Amateur Golf Rankings and No. 2 among all French amateurs.

A list of 10 semifinalists for The Ben Hogan Award will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 11, and then will be pared down to three finalists on Thursday, May 10. The winner will be crowned at a banquet at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 21, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. The award’s selection committee represents leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.

Recent winners of The Ben Hogan Award have included: 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) and Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011). Each of the previous nine winners currently plays on the PGA TOUR.

TCU continues its spring schedule Feb. 26-28, when it travels to Ponte Vedre, Fla., for the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club.