Julien Brun will be on familiar territory when he plays the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May. Brun, a TCU junior, earned his way into the Crowne Plaza field by winning the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship on Saturday; Colonial is one of TCU's home courses.
Brun won the men's individual competition at the Spirit, an international team event, in a five-way playoff at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. Both of the United States' representatives -- U.S. Junior Amateur champion Scottie Scheffler and U.S. Amateur Public Links winner Jordan Niebrugge -- were in the playoff, as well.
Brun, of Antibes, France, is No. 25 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He was a first-team All-American in each of his first two seasons at TCU, which is located less than two miles from Colonial Country Club. He won on the Challenge Tour, Europe's equivalent of the Web.com Tour, as an amateur in 2012.
Brun also was one of three finalists for the 2013 Ben Hogan Award, given to the top player in college and amateur golf. Chris Williams won this year's award, which is given out at Colonial during Crowne Plaza week, and is scheduled to play the event in 2014.
Scheffler, of Dallas, was trying to earn a second TOUR start near his hometown. He already has been given a sponsor exemption into May's HP Byron Nelson Championship. He's following in the footsteps of Jordan Spieth as a Dallas resident to play the Nelson as the reigning U.S. Junior champion.
The United States won the men's team and overall titles at the Spirit, while France won the women's team title. Canada's Brooke Henderson won the women's individual title.