Haskins Watch List players add to win totals
It was a big week for three players on the Haskins Award Watch List, which came out on Feb. 15.
North Carolina State’s Albin Choi, California’s Joel Stalter, TCU’s Julien Brun and Texas' Brandon Stone have now won multiple individual titles during the 2012-13 college golf season.
Choi, of Toronto, picked up his third victory this season at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 19. It was his third title in his past six starts. He also won at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and the Warrior Wave Intercollegiate in the fall. This was his seventh collegiate victory for the Wolfpack. No. 26 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Choi leads the Wolfpack with a 70.2 scoring average.
Stalter, who has moved up to No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, won his second consecutive victory at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Kahuku, Hawaii, at Turtle Bay Resort on Feb. 22. He shot 12-under 204 (67-70-67). Stalter, from Amneville, France, also was co-medalist at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Jan. 29 with teammate Michael Kim. He helped Cal claim its sixth win of the year in seven tournaments.
Brun, a sophomore from Antibes, France, won his second tournament of the year at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Feb. 24 in Palm Desert, Calif. He claimed the Carmel Cup, which is a medal/match-play event, during the fall season. It was his fifth career individual title, and he also led the Horned Frogs to their first true victory since the 2010-11 season.
“It’s just not the wins (that make him a good player). He works incredibly hard on and off the course,” TCU head coach Bill Montigel said. “His golf is good, and all the other stuff is just as good.”
He has moved into the top 10 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, at No. 8. Brun's 70.20 stroke average is lower than the scoring mark that he set last year as a freshman.
Brandon Stone, a freshman from Pretoria, South Africa, won his second event in just five collegiate starts for the Longhorns. No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Stone won the Bayou City Collegiate Championship on Feb. 24. This also lead to the teams second win of the season. Each of his individual victories coincidently came at the same two events Texas won. The other event was the Carpet Capital Collegiate.
Each victory was won by several shots. Choi’s victory was in come from behind fashion and he won by two shots. Stalter went wire-to-wire and finished eight shots ahead of teammate Max Homa. Brun fired a tournament low 67 in the final round to finish five shots a head of the field. While Stone fired a field-best 5-under 67 to win by three shots over teammate Julio Vegas.
If the winning trend should continue, these players next possible starts are at the USF Invitational for Choi, the Fresno State Lexus Classic for Stalter, for Brun at the San Diego Classic after a dual match between TCU and Pepperdine and for Stone at the highly ranked Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.