Brun Receives Invitational to 2012 Palmer Cup

April 24, 2012

FORT WORTH — TCU freshman Julien Brun has received an invitation to compete for Team Europe in the 2012 Palmer Cup, a prestigious annual event scheduled for late June at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

An international competition between college stars from the United States and Europe, the Palmer Cup celebrates its 16th year in 2012. The event features a format similar to the Ryder Cup in that it pits players on the two teams against each other in match play. This year’s Palmer Cup will be played June 28-30 at links-style Royal County Down, which features a Championship Course that was ranked as the top course in the world outside the United States in 2007.

The Palmer Cup is run by the Golf Coaches Association of America and named for Arnold Palmer, often recognized as America’s greatest ambassador for the game of golf. Over the years, several of today’s top professional golfers have taken part in the event, including: Luke Donald, Rory Sabbatini, Charles Howell, III, Jonathan Byrd, 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, Bryce Molder, 2010 U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, D.J. Trahan, Gonzalo Castano, J.B. Holmes, 2006 USGA Amateur Champion Richard Ramsey, Pablo Martin and Dustin Johnson.

Brun, a native of Antibes, France, is the first French golfer ever selected to compete in the Palmer Cup, as well as the fourh Horned Frog (Alberto Ochoa, 1997; J.J. Henry, 1998; Adam Rubinson, 2003). Joining Brun on the Team Europe roster will be Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas), Robert Karlsson (Liberty), Thomas Pieters (Illinois), Pontus Widegren (UCLA), Daan Huizing (Utrecht University in the Netherlands) and David Booth and Graeme Robertson (University of Stirling in Scotland).

Brun currently owns the No. 9 overall ranking in college golf according to the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings system, while he is the No. 18 amateur in the world according the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking System, including No. 4 among all Europeans. Huizing (No. 9), Cappelen (No. 17) and Pieters (No. 19) will give Team Europe four of the top-19 amateurs in the world on its roster.

TCU opens postseason play next week, when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., for its final Mountain West Championship. Play will be held May 4-6 on the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club.