TCU's Barjon travels world for first college win

TCU's Paul Barjon

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TCU freshman Paul Barjon is from Nournea Cedex, New Caledonia.

You may be asking yourself . . . Where?

It is considered a French province, although New Caledonia is located in the Pacific.

Still not sure?

How about just to the east of Australia, and just above New Zealand.

There you go.

When he lived in New Caledonia, Barjon played on only three golf courses growing up.

Now, Barjon lives in Nice, France, so he can travel and play in the top European tournaments.

Adding to his career win list, Barjon won his first collegiate event March 30 at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course. He shot two straight rounds of 66, in the first and second round, and finished with a 3-under 67 for a three-shot victory over Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers.

“I played really well, and it was mostly because of my putting,” Barjon said. “During my last round, I had a lot of 12-15 foot putts. And the up and down I had on No. 15 for birdie, really helped me win.”

He and Rodgers were tied heading into the final day.

“It feels pretty good (to get my first win)” Barjon said. “It’s just another step in the right direction for me.”

He has one other top 10 finish as a Frog, which came at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in February.

His adjustment to life and golf in the United States has been a lot easier than anticipated.

“I mean, it’s a little different, but it’s the same golf – just go out and make birdies,” said Barjon.

Regardless, he has helped TCU maintain its top-10 Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking throughout the season.

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