TCU golfer Julien Brun, a three-time winner in college events this season, will join California’s Michael Kim and Washington’s Chris Williams for Monday night’s live announcement of the winner of the 2013 Ben Hogan Award.The three finalists for the honor, given annually to the top player in college golf, will attend the award ceremony that is part of tournament week activities at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.All three golfers are first-time finalists for the award, as well as 2012 semifinalists. Brun, a sophomore from Antibes, France, is the first TCU golfer to be recognized as a Hogan Award finalist.Brun, an All-American and first-team All-Big 12 selection, has posted nine top-10 finishes in college events in the past year, including a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships.He also won a 2012 European Challenge Tour event while competing as an amateur. Brun became the sixth amateur to prevail against professionals on Europe’s developmental circuit.But his fellow finalists also offer impressive credentials.Kim, a sophomore, is the top-ranked college player in both the Golfstat Cup and the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. He has won four college events this season and was selected as the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Among the three finalists, Kim has the best scoring average this season in college tournaments (70.29), edging Brun (70.81) and Williams (71.09).Williams, a senior, is the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is No. 2 in the Scratch Players World Rankings. He received the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur and is slated to play in both the 2013 U.S. Open and 2013 British Open.In terms of comparative credentials, Brun is 12th (Golfstat) and fifth (Sagarin) in the two primary sets of college rankings. Williams is 22nd and 15th, respectively. Kim tops both sets of rankings.While Williams is the top-ranked finalist in both sets of amateur rankings, Brun and Williams are not far behind.Brun is fourth in the Scratch Players rankings and fifth in the World Amateur rankings. Kim is 11th and ninth, respectively. In NCAA regional tournament play that concluded Saturday, Brun tied for sixth in his regional event. Kim tied for 11th and Williams tied for 14th.
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