Ag Linksters Sixth At Thunderbird

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TEMPE, Ariz.-- No. 17-ranked Texas A&M carded a five-over-par 289 on Saturday and is in sixth place after two rounds of the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational at the Karsten Golf Course. The final round is Sunday.

Host Arizona State leads at 10-under (558), followed by Arizona State "B" (565), Colorado State (568), Denver (569), Oregon (572), A&M (287-289=576), Arizona (579), Baylor (579), UC Irvine (585), Pacific (585), San Diego State (586), New Mexico (587), California (588), Oklahoma (589), CSU Northridge (597) and Connecticut (604).

New Mexico's Kyle Nielsen leads the individual standings by one stroke with a six-under total of 66-70=136. A&M senior Bobby Gates is tied for sixth at 69-71=140.

A&M senior Trey Todd (74-71=145) and freshman Nacho Elvira (74-71=145) are tied for 29th, junior Matt Van Zandt (70-76=146) is tied for 36th and junior Bronson Burgoon (81-77=158) is in 85th.

"It was a tough day for us," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "We are playing smart but we just aren't getting many putts to drop and are having a hard time making birdies out there. We need to have a good round tomorrow and get a little momentum going as we head into the conference championship in a couple of weeks."

The Big 12 Championship is April 25-27 in Trinity, Texas.

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