Jan. 30, 2013
FORT WORTH—TCU sophomore Julien Brun is of 27 student-athletes who have been named to the 2013 watch list for The Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top collegiate golfer. Brun was a semifinalist for the honor as a freshman in 2012.
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 Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Management, in conjunction with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Other individuals joining Brun on the watch list included: Daniel Berger (Florida State, So.), Albin Choi (NC State, Jr.), Corey Conners (Kent State, Jr.), Scott Fernandez (Iowa State, So.), Steven Fox (Chattanooga, Sr.), Ben Geyer (St. Mary’s, Sr.), Talor Gooch (Oklahoma State, Jr.), Brandon Hagy (California, Jr.), Max Homa (California, Sr.), Michael Kim (California, So.), Jace Long (Missouri, Sr.), Tyler McCumber (Florida, Sr.), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington, So.), Kevin Penner (UNLV, Sr.), Thomas Pieters (Illinois, Jr.), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, So.), Trevor Simsby (Washington, Jr.), Brandon Stone (Texas, Fr.), Julian Suri (Duke, Sr.), Ben Taylor (Nova Southeastern, Jr.), Justin Thomas (Alabama, So.), T.J. Vogel (Florida, Sr.), Michael Weaver (California, Jr.), Pontus Widegren (UCLA, Sr.), Chris Williams (Washington, Sr.) and Bobby Wyatt (Alabama, Jr.).
The nation’s No. 6 collegiate golfer according to the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings system, Brun has picked up right where he left off following a brilliant freshman campaign that saw him become only the third TCU first-team All-American and finish as the runner-up individual at the NCAA Championship. He has competed in three college events so far this season, recording a pair of top-5 finishes, including his fourth career individual title during the fall opener at the Carmel Cup in Monterrey, Calif.
A native of Antibes, France, Brun has compiled numerous additional accomplishments away from the college game over the last year. He began the past offseason by helping Team Europe post a thrilling comeback victory over Team USA in the Palmer Cup held in late June in Northern Island before representing France in the World Amateur Team Championship last fall with a fourth-place individual finish. He recorded his top moment in late September while playing in his come country when he became only the sixth amateur ever to win a European Challenge Tour event at ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole.
Brun’s accomplishments have helped him to climb as high as No. 6 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings. He already has set most major TCU records in his first year-and-a-half on campus, including career (four) and season (three) victories, as well as scoring average for both a career (70.50) and season (70.51).
A list of semifinalists for The Ben Hogan Award will be unveiled on April 10 and pared down to three finalists on May 8. The winner will be crowned at a banquet at Colonial Country Club on May 20 to start off the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. The award’s selection committee represents leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.
For more information on The Ben Hogan Award, visit the official website at www.TheBenHoganAward.org and follow @BenHoganAward on Twitter.