Men's Golf Set to Open 2013-14 Season
Sept. 26, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The TCU men's golf team officially kicks off the 2013-14 season on Friday at the 58th Annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course on the campus of the University of New Mexico.
The Horned Frogs will face a talented field to open the season, as 12 of the 16 opponents reached NCAA Regional play a year ago, including Arizona State, New Mexico and UNLV which advanced to the match play portion of the NCAA Championship, marking the final eight squads.
Also competing on the par-72, 7,562-yard UNM Championship Course are Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Minnesota, New Mexico State, San Diego State, USC, UT-Arlington, UTSA, Wichita State and Wyoming.
The Frogs, who recently garnered a No. 13 national ranking by the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll, will play 36 holes on Friday followed by an 18-hole final round on Saturday. Action will get underway at 8:45 a.m., CT on both days.
Filling out the lineup card for the Frogs this weekend will be juniors Julien Brun, Michael Culin and Sarosh Adi, sophomore Paul Barjon and freshman Chelso Barrett. Four of the Frogs are returners from last season's memorable squad, while Barrett is a newcomer to the program.
TCU returns to the links following one of the greatest seasons in program history that saw the Frogs reach the NCAA Championship for the 16th time and garner a final national ranking of No. 7, marking the highest finish since at least 2002.
Head coach Bill Montigel enters his 27th season at the helm of the Frogs, leading them to 14 NCAA Championship appearances in his tenure and 24 consecutive NCAA Regional berths, as TCU ranks as one of only four programs to achieve that feat with the same coach.
Brun returns for his junior year following a sophomore campaign that saw him become the first Horned Frog to finish as a finalist for The Ben Hogan Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate golfer. The Antibes, France, native set TCU season records for the second-straight year in stroke average (70.31) and victories (three), repeating as a PING First Team All-America selection. Brun enters the 2013-14 campaign tabbed No. 9 on the Scratch Players World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Barjon is back for TCU after a memorable freshman season where he competed in 11 tournaments and posted a spring stroke average of 71.73, which ranked third on the squad. The Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia, native claimed his first collegiate victory at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford where he fired back-to-back rounds of 66, earning Golfweek National Player of the Week honors. Barjon enters this weekend's action ranked No. 67 on the Scratch Players amateur golf chart.
Adi returns for his third season at TCU after showing significant improvement as a sophomore, posting a stroke average of 73.25 in four spring tournaments. The Frisco, Texas, native played as the fifth man for TCU last spring and competed at the Big 12 Championship.
Also back for the Frogs is Culin, who enters his second season at TCU after competing in four tournaments during the 2012-13 campaign, where he fired a season-best 73 at The Prestige at PGA West last spring. The Plano, Texas, product began his career at Cal following a standout prep career.
Fresh off of an impressive career on the U.S. junior scene is Barrett, who looks to make an immediate impact for the Frogs. The Keene, N.H., product was rated as high as No. 8 in the class of 2013 by Golfweek and jumped on the national radar with a runner-up finish as a 16-year old at the 2011 U.S. Amateur.