Peach State is kind to Brun, Kirby
March 26-April 1
Julien Brun, TCU
Nine starts. That's all it took freshman from France to break TCU's career win mark. Brun, who signed with the Horned Frogs site unseen after coach Bill Montigel wooed him by watching him compete in an amateur tournament in Turkey in 2010, earned his third title of the season with victory at the Insperity Augusta State Invitational. A closing 69 at Forest Hills GC gave Brun a 14-under 202 total, allowing him to outlast Texas senior Dylan Frittelli by one stroke.
Paired together in the final round, Brun and Frittelli were tied for the lead for much of the back-nine when they reached the drivable par-4 18th hole. Both players hit driver, Frittelli hitting it just short of the green while Brun reached the right greenside bunker. Frittell's second shot, however, checked up 30 feet from the hole and when he was unable to two-putt, Brun's chip to six feet led to an eventual par and the victory.
Jennifer Kirby, Alabama
Conversely, it took the Crimson Tide junior 30 tournaments to finally claim her first college title, winning medalist honors at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic with seven-under 209 at the University of Georgia GC in Athens. Kirby's final-round 71 gave her a one-stroke victory over Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon. Her performance also helped Alabama claim the team title, winning with a tournament-record 10-under 854 to beat the host Bulldogs by 12 strokes.
"I'm excited about Jennifer's win and it was great to get both Stephanie [Meadow] and Brooke [Pancake] in the top 10," said coach Mic Potter. "Hannah [Collier] played well for us today and Johanna [Tillstrom] gave of two 73s this weekend. It was a great team win, and we have a few things to work on when we get back, so you can't ask for anything more as a coach."