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From International stars to experienced team leaders to wunderkinds gunning to make a place for themselves, here are the top six men’s college golfers to watch in the 2012-13 season.
Brandon Stone, the only freshman on the Hogan Award watch list, won the Carpet Capital Collegiate in his first college start. A member of South Africa’s contingent at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship, he led the Longhorns in the fall with a 70.89 scoring average and a team-best four rounds in the 60s.
The top-ranked amateur in the world, Washington’s Chris Williams won the 2012 Western Amateur and represented the U.S. at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey. In 2010, he won the Phil Mickelson Award honoring the nation’s top freshman collegiate golfer. Now a senior, Williams is UW’s all-time wins leader and is third-highest in the record book for top-10 finishes.
Horned Frog sophomore Julien Brun holds the TCU season and career record for individual victories with three. Last season he earned reserve medalist honors at the 2012 NCAA Championship by tying for second place with a final score of -2, matching the best NCAA finish in TCU history. Brun won the European Challenge Tour’s Allianz Open, followed by with a win in the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach. He represented France at the World Amateur Team Championship.
As a freshman last year, Justin Thomas became the first Crimson Tide player to win his first career event. He then went on to earn a school-record four medalists honors and nine top-10 finishes, including victories at the 2012 SEC Championship and the NCAA Athens Regional. He represented the U.S. at the World Amateur Team Championship.
2012 All-American Max Homa has played in the NCAA championship three times, including last year when he tied for ninth as Cal’s top finisher (the second-best all-time Golden Bears finish at the event). He’s Cal’s active career leader in both stroke-play events (34) and rounds (104) as well as total shots (7,507), averaging 72.2 strokes per round.
UCLA senior Pontus Wildegren represented Sweden at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey and is the No. 1-ranked player for Team Europe in the Palmer Cup Rankings. Originally from Sweden, Wildegren won the CSU San Marcos Fall Classic as an individual. Last year he averaged 73.1 in 37 rounds.