NEWPORT, R.I. -- Texas A&M senior Bronson Burgoon won individual honors and the No. 9-ranked Aggies captured the team title with record-setting performances on Tuesday in the season opener at the Adams Cup of Newport.
Burgoon set a tournament record at 12-under-par (69-66-69=204) at Newport National Golf Club en route to a seven-stroke victory over A&M teammate Andrea Pavan, who claimed second at 5-under (69-72-70=211). The two Aggies were the only players in the field to shoot par or better.
The win was the first of Burgoon’s college career and his 54-hole score was just one shot off the school record he tied last spring at the Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii. Burgoon finished second at the 2005 Adams Cup, when the Aggies captured the team title.
A&M (286-280-290=856) also set a tournament record with an eight-under total, cruising to a 13-shot victory over Minnesota (869) for its first victory since the Barona Cup last spring. The last time the Aggies won their season opener was in 1992, when they captured The Woodlands Intercollegiate.
“This was a great way for us to start the season,” A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. “The guys all did a great job and everyone contributed. The good thing is that while we won, we feel like we left a lot of shots out there. We know we still have a lot of work to do but there’s no better way to start the season than with a win.”
Francis Marion finished third at 889, followed by Southern Mississippi (891), followed by Furman (893), Rhode Island (895), Hartford (901), George Washington (904), New Mexico State (905), St. Joseph’s (912), Akron (914), Temple (920), Marshall (925), Connecticut (937), Navy (937) and Brown (943).
A&M sophomore Conrad Shindler (73-74-73=220) tied for seventh, sophomore John Hurley (775-71-78=224) tied for 20th and senior Matt Van Zandt (78-71-82=231) tied for 44th.
“Bronson and Andrea both did an outstanding job and played great this week,” Higgins said. “Bronson ran away with it and was just fantastic. He was patient and showed a lot of maturity. Andrea also showed a lot of maturity and birdied three of the last four holes. He just stayed with it and didn’t try to force things.”
The Aggies are back in action at the PING/Golfweek Preview starting on Sunday at storied Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio. Inverness will be the site of the NCAA Championship in May.
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