Aggie Men Surge Into Contention At U.S. Collegiate Championship

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ALPHARETTA, GA -- No. 23-ranked Texas A&M fired a one-under-par 287 on Monday and climbed nine spots into second place at the United States Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia.

With a 36-hole score of 583, the Aggies trail No. 7 Stanford (579) by four strokes going into Tuesday's final round. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.

Senior Bronson Burgoon led the Aggies with a two-under 70 while junior Andrea Pavan added a 71. Sophomore Nacho Elvira and freshman Geoff Shaw carded 73s.

The Aggies' were the only team to shoot under par in the second round, posting the day's best score by three strokes. Only five of 15 teams broke 300 in the cold, windy conditions.

"It was the best round we've played played all year," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "We played well yesterday but the putts didn't drop. Today, we took it to another level. It was about 30 degrees colder and the wind was gusting up to 40 miles per hour. The guys controlled the golf ball, and just battled and showed a lot of heart. We put ourselves in position to win the golf tournament against a national championship-caliber field and you can't ask for more than that. I'm so proud of our guys. We'll see if we can go get 'em tomorrow."

Burgoon had an almost flawless round with three birdies and only one bogey. He is in sixth place in the individual standings with a 73-70=143 total and trails co-leaders Bud Cauley of Alabama (70-69=139) and Erik Flores of UCLA (65-74=139) by four shots. Pavan (75-71=146) and Shaw (73-73=146) are tied for 11th, Elvira (81-73=154) is tied for 51st and senior Clay Hodge (75-82=157) is tied for 66th.

Pavan was two-over on the front nine but had five birdies and shot 33 on the back side. Elvira closed with birdies on the final two holes.

No. 6 Washington is in third at 585, followed by No. 1 Georgia (587), No. 22 UCLA (589), No. 10 Alabama (592), No. 5 Clemson (592), No. 14 Georgia Tech (593), No. 3 Southern California (593), No. 2 Oklahoma State (594), No. 9 South Carolina (594), No. 4 Indiana (600), East Tennessee State (609), No. 8 Florida (610) and No. 18 Florida State (611).




 
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