COLUMBUS, OH -- No. 17-ranked Texas A&M carded a 14-over-par 298 on Thursday and is tied for sixth place after the opening round of the NCAA Men's Golf Central Regional at Ohio State's Scarlet Golf Course.
The 54-hole event continues through Saturday with the top 10 teams advancing to the NCAA Championship May 28-31 in West Lafayette, Ind. A&M tees of at 7:54 a.m. on Friday and will be paired with No. 22 Wake Forest, which leads the tournament at 290, and No. 23 Indiana.
The Aggies were eight-over through seven holes without a single birdie, but played the last 12 holes in six-over, a stretch that included eight birdies.
"The course played extremely difficult all day and just got tougher as the day went on and the wind picked up," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "We played well and stuck to our game plan. There were not a lot of birdies out there. When you made a mistake it was hard to get it back. We play early on Friday, so we'll let the other teams deal with the wind in the afternoon."
Rounding out the top 10 are top-ranked Alabama (292), No. 5 Oklahoma State (293), No. 6 Florida (294), Eastern Michigan (297), Illinois (298), Michigan (298), Lamar (299) and Ohio State (299).
Other teams scores are Indiana (300), No. 25 Louisville (301), No. 11 Tennessee (301), Colorado (301), Eastern Kentucky (302), TCU (302), Kent State (302), Wichita State (302), Arkansas (304), Penn State (304), Baylor (304), No. 8 Georgia Tech (307), Texas-Arlington (308), Cleveland State (313), Marquette (314), Sacred Heart (316) and Loyola College (318).
Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow leads the individual standings with a two-under 69.
A&M sophomore Andrea Pavan (74) and freshman Nacho Elvira (74) are tied for 24th, while senior Bobby Gates (75), junior Matt Van Zandt (75) and junior Bronson Burgoon (75) are tied for 38th.
"All our guys played really solid today and gave a good effort," Higgins said. "I think we'll play better tomorrow. We're in good position and have a great chance to advance. That's what it's all about."